HIST133-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Medieval Europe: from Rome to the Black Death

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


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

After successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Establish an understanding of the importance of the key factors that shaped European history in the period 300 to 1400.

2. Develop transferable skills in written and oral presentation in conjunction with the analysis of problems.  

3. Learn how to evaluate critically the strengths and limitations of primary source material – including chronicles, administrative documents and images.

4. Learn how to understand and evaluate a society on its own terms without the superimposition of contemporary assumptions.

5. Obtain an awareness of the pivotal role that the period 300-1400 played in shaping modern western culture, including that of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 A3 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 413
26 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
26 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Tuesday 14:00 - 15:00 Rata 129 Tutorial Room
26 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 213
26 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
05 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Jane Soons 602
26 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
06 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 251
26 Feb - 24 Mar
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Chris Jones


Katie Pickles


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Multiple Choice Assessment Exercise 16% 5 exercises
Historiographical Report 20% 1200 words
Tutorial Paper 1 10% 400 words
Tutorial Paper 2 15% 500 words
Tutorial Paper 3 15% 500 words
Final Timed Test 24%

Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Wim Blockmans and Peter Hoppenbrouwers; Introduction to Medieval Europe 300-1500 ; Fourth edition; Routledge, 2023.

Image: Kaiserdom Speyer. Photo: Chris Jones.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* 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 .

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