Course: General history of Middle Ages

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Course title General history of Middle Ages
Course code KHI/POSU
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Smrž Pavel, PhDr.
Course content
Lectures focus on general methodological issues in the interpretation of medieval history, given the characteristics of the concept of medieval society almost exclusively European. Are observed following subject areas: 01) Time and material definition of the Middle Ages, characteristic of medieval society, concepts, structures, development of ideas, of literature 02) The collapse of the Roman Empire, the migrations and barbaric kingdom 03) Byzantium in the Middle Ages 04) Medieval Slavic expansion and state departments of southern and eastern Slavs 05) Europe and Asia - Arab, Mongol and Turkish expansion. 06) Carolingian Empire and the beginnings of the empire 07) West and North Europe in the early Middle Ages (from the Vikings to the Normans) 08) Holy Roman Empire (Christian universalism, the papacy, an important dynasty) 09) France, its origins and expansion, the Crusades and the Reconquista in the history of Europe 10) England and continental Europe, the so-called Hundred Years War 11) Italy, economy and culture (the specifics of city-states (communes), of Sicilian and Neapolitan Kingdom 12) Hungary and Poland 13) Austria and the rise to power of the Habsburgs, the Holy Roman Empire in the high and late Middle Ages 14) Colonial penetration of Spain, Portugal, France, England and the Netherlands and the implications for Europe Seminars will be devoted to problem lines: a feudal relationships, learning about three people, nobility - its development and changes, the medieval church in the early Middle Ages - monachismus, reform, medieval education - Universities, Roman culture, agricultural production and its intensification, the development of settlement and colonization; cities and their development, crafts and trade, the medieval church of the high and late Middle Ages, Gothic culture, religious heresy, and the beginnings of the Reformation, people on the margins of society, ethnic and religious minorities - Jews, Roma ethnic group, the beginnings of the Renaissance.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming)
  • Preparation for exam - 39 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 39 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 42 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This course looks at the general history of Middle Ages. It deals with the main political, economic, cultural and social developments.
Students will become familiar with the general methodological issues in the interpretation of medieval history, given the characteristics of the concept of medieval society almost exclusively European.
Prerequisites
Fulfilment of previous study obligations, general knowledge of the earlier history.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Active attendance on discussions (lessons); fulfilment of homework; passing a test successfully; study of recommended literature
Recommended literature
  • --. Dějiny středověku, I.-II. díl. Praha, 1968.
  • Gurevič, A. J. Kategorie středověké kultury. Praha, 1978.
  • Le Goff, J. Encyklopedie středověku. Praha, 2002.
  • Le Goff, Jacques. Kultura středověké Evropy, Praha 2005. Praha, 2005.
  • Mezník, J. Přehled dějin středověké západní Evropy. Brno, 1997.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Teacher Training for Lower Secondary Schools - History (15) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Teacher Training for Lower Secondary Schools - History (18) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Teacher Training for Lower Secondary Schools - History (17) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter