Debates on Plague: The Black Death and the Formation of Europe

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Debates on Plague: The Black Death and the Formation of Europe

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Short Description The course will examine the Black Death and its consequences across a wide spectrum of questions-the character of the disease and epidemiology; economy and growth of towns; social conflict and changes in society and gender; art; literature; popular piety and the church; psychology and mentality--the ways Europeans combated their most fearsome invisible enemy, the plague. The aims of the History honours programme, to which this course contributes, are:1. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills you acquired during your first two years;2. the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options;3. the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;4. to introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skills in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers? current research; and5. to encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work. By the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate the ability to: ? understand aspects of the plague?s transmission, signs, and symptoms from primary sources? Analyze the immediate, medium and long term effects of the plague on demography psychology, politics, and religion ? Articulate the ways in which plague shaped European history, the extent to which it ended the Middle Ages and ushered in a new historical period ? Engage with, and critically evaluate, the debates on plague from ?what was the disease?? to whether it was the underlying reason for the Reformation Assessment:Coursework - class essay (2000 words approximately) - 20%Examination duration - 120 mins - 70%Coursework - seminar presentation - 6%

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    Hours & Credits

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