HIST133-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Medieval Europe: from Rome to the Black Death

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


A survey course covering a range of themes in Western European history including social and economic developments, government, religion and warfare (c. 300 - 1400).

What were the Middle Ages? This course offers an introduction to an important period of change and development in European history. It seeks to establish the key features of a distinctive western European culture that evolved over the course of a thousand years, a culture which has played a critical role in shaping our modern world.

The Europe of this course is the Europe of knights, castles and crusaders; but it is also the Europe of Magna Carta and the first universities and parliaments. From our system of government to the way we educate ourselves, we live in a world where the legacy of the European Middle Ages is profound. Much of this inheritance is as relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand today as it is to European countries: Where, for example, does the idea of the ‘Crown’ originate? Where does the name adopted by Canterbury’s rugby team come from? The answer to these and many other questions lie in the melting pot that is medieval Europe.

This course will offer a diverse approach to exploring the medieval world, one that will introduce you to a number of different forms of history. These will range from religious to political history via cultural history and the history of political thought. Particularly in the early parts of the course we will even explore what archaeology can tell us about the lives of medieval Europeans.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


HIST125, HIST130

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Chris Jones


Katie Pickles


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Multiple Choice Assessment Exercise 16% 5 exercises across the 12 week term
Historiographical Paper 20% 1 course essay; 1200 words
Final test 24% An online test completed during the exam weeks. The test comprises 3 essay questions. Students have a maximum of 2 hours to complete all three of their answers.
Tutorial assessment 40% 3 papers (Paper 1 = 400 words [10%]; Papers 2 & 3 = 500 words each [15% each])

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Blockmans, Wim,1945- , Hoppenbrouwers, P. C. M; Introduction to medieval Europe 300-1500 ; Third edition; Routledge, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.

Image: Kaiserdom Speyer. Photo: Chris Jones.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Humanities .

All HIST133 Occurrences

  • HIST133-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022