The following two modules form represent the core of the taught component of this course:
Approaches to Medieval Studies
Medieval Studies is a field to which many different disciplines contribute; the aim of this module is to expose students to approaches to the medieval past from a range of disciplines (such as archaeology, history, language & literature, art history, etc), in order to enable them to discuss and compare various approaches, and critically assess their utility for the students' own research.
Students will use key texts and case studies on important themes in the study of the Middle Ages (such as gender, space, the life-cycle, social groups, the nature of power) and each session will be led by two tutors, each from a different discipline, allowing students to directly compare different disciplines' approaches and methods. Seminars will also deal with a selection of contemporary critical and cultural theories and associated modes of analysis.
Research Skills in Medieval Studies
This module aims to equip students with the skills necessary to proceed to postgraduate dissertation research with confidence. In the first term students will meet for a fortnightly seminar that will consider themes that may include: (1) building a bibliography; (2) academic writing; (3) footnotes and citation; (4) writing and delivering academic papers; (5) reviewing. In addition, students will meet with their dissertation supervisors once in the Autumn and four times in the Spring for one-to-one tutorial meetings to discuss their chosen research topic and to develop a bibliography of primary and secondary materials as appropriate.
One further 20 credit module must be chosen from the school of History's extensive suite of taught-MA modules, such as:
This module introduces you to the major developments in historical approaches since the Second World War and to some of the major schools of, or tendencies in, historical research such as the Annales School, the English historians’ response to Marxism, cultural history, the linguistic turn, gender, history of science and critical social theory (Geertz and Foucault). The focus is on the application of the ideas to historical practice then and now.
Under the guidance of your academic supervisor, you will complete a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a subject of your choice, providing an exciting opportunity to research a medieval topic of your own choice and helps you to develop your research and related skills.