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HIST 313 01: HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE AGES SPRING 2008 Mon-Wed-Fri 12:00–12:50 300 McComsey Hall Instructor: Mark Aloisio Office: 324 McComsey Hall E-Mail: mark.aloisio@millersville.edu Office hours: MTWRF 10:00-11:00 (or by appointment) COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will survey European history from c. 300 to c. 1500. The main focus of the course will be on the development of social and political institutions but we will also examine various aspects of daily life including the economy, the arts, philosophy and spirituality and scientific knowledge. COURSE GOALS By the end of this course, students should be able to do the following: Demonstrate a broad knowledge of medieval history and an understanding of significant themes from the period Identify strengths, weaknesses and problems of different historical interpretations Formulate and justify their own arguments concerning broad issues and events Present their understanding of such issues and events clearly and concisely in writing ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING This is a writing-intensive course. Your grade for this course will be determined according to the following formula: 10% Class participation Participation includes timely reading of the assigned materials and active engagement in discussion. Many sessions will include both a lecture and a discussion component. Students are 1
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therefore expected to come to class prepared to discuss the day’s readings. Regular attendance is expected for all class sessions. Unexcused absences will lead to a lower grade. 20% Response papers (4 papers, 2 pp each) Over the course of the semester, you will be writing response papers for 4 class sessions of your choice. Each response paper is worth 5% of your grade. Papers should be 2 pages long. Papers must summarize and discuss the main arguments presented in the main reading(s) and must also engage with any other supplementary texts which you may have read for that class session. You are required to turn in your response paper to me by 10 am before each class session. You may do so either via email or via the Digital Dropbox on Blackboard. If you choose to use the Digital Dropbox, please include your last name in the title of your response paper. Response papers will be graded on a check-minus, check, check-plus system. 15% 4-5 page paper You will write a 4-5 page paper that is worth 15% of your grade. I will give a choice of topics for this paper in the fourth week of the semester and the paper itself will be due on Friday, February 29 in class. No e-mail submissions accepted for this paper. 15% Mid-term (take home) exam 20% 7-8 page paper Twenty-five per cent (25%) of your grade is based on a 6-8 page paper on a topic of your choice. A draft of this paper is due on
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