• Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will place Francis of Assisi in his Italian and European context, examine his own religious development and analyse his appeal to contemporary audiences.


Wednesday 11-12 and Friday 11-13

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of junior honours in history


2 essays (1500-2000 words in length) 2 seminar papers, two seminar presentations and 2 x 2hour exam in the April/May diet

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows:
1. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years;
2. To offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide choice of options;
3. To offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;
4. To introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform the discussion with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research;
5. To encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, a problem-solving teamwork.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this particular Special Subject, students should be able to achieve the following outcomes:
1. demonstrate the ability to identify the long and short term events and issues of Francis' life and the early history of the Franciscan movement
2. evaluate the conflicting historiographical traditions dealing with Francis' life and career, including assessment of the underlying ideological conflicts.
3. contextualise Francis and the friars minor in the spiritual developments and conflicts of the time.
4. present findings clearly and effectively in written and oral form.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.