Christian Islamic & Viking Europe

University College Dublin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Christian Islamic & Viking Europe

  • Host University

    University College Dublin

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Archaeology, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    3.75 - 4.5
  • Overview

    This module will explore the incredibly rich archaeology and history of the early medieval peoples of Europe, AD 400-1100, focusing in particular on the place of Ireland in the early medieval world. It was a time of huge social, ideological and technological change, with the migrations of peoples after the decline of the Roman empire in the mediterranean, the introduction of two new world religions (Christianity and Islam) across Europe, the impact of the Vikings raids, trading networks and settlements across the north Atlantic after AD 800, and ultimately the emergence of Europe's earliest states. We will survey through illustrated lectures some of the key aspects of Europe's early medieval archaeology, focusing in particular on how people organised their settlements, the emergence of their towns, how they farmed the land, made and exchanged objects and commodities, how they buried their dead and how they worshipped and established religious institutions, from the fifth to the eleventh centuries AD.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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