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Syllabus - History V57.0111-001 V65.0111-001 THE EARLY...

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History V57.0111-001 – V65.0111-001 T HE E ARLY M IDDLE A GES C ULTURE , L EADERSHIP OMMUNITY IN THE E ARLY M EDIEVAL W EST (300-1050 C.E.) Instructor: Michael Stoller Office Hours: Wed. 4:00-6:00 Email: michael.stoller@nyu.edu By Appointment Telephone: (212) 998-2566 Class: TR 9:30-10:45 Office: 1M-13 Bobst Library Location: Waverly 369 TA: Youn Jong Lee – yjl258@nyu.edu This course explores the emergence of Western European civilization from the tumultuous centuries following the collapse of the Roman commonwealth, as the peoples of the West forged a new way of life, weaving together the remnants of Greco-Roman antiquity, the culture and institutions of Europe’s Germanic invaders, and the religious assumptions of Western Christianity. By the millennial year 1000, this “crucible of Europe” would yield the fundamental elements of what historians often call “the medieval synthesis,” a new world that would define much of the character of Europe for the millennium to come. Requirements: There will be a mid-term and a final examination, and each student will write two short essays. The mid-term examination will cover all material in the class up to that date. The final exam will cover the entire span of the course. The mid-term examination will represent 25% of the course grade, the final examination 35%, and each essay will count for 10%, with participation in discussion in the recitation sections forming the last 20%. Each week in recitation one student will be asked to make a brief presentation on the primary source readings for the week to initiate discussion of those texts. There may also be periodic quizzes in the recitation sessions. Each of the two essays will be 3-5 pages (double-spaced) in length and will be a close reading of one of the primary source texts assigned among the weekly readings. Students will be expected to provide a careful discussion of the text they have chosen, its historical significance and what it tells us about the particular historical phenomena to which it relates. This is not a research paper but rather a close reading and discussion of a text based on a student’s understanding of the subject and analysis of the document. There is a course Blackboard site, which will contain assignments, texts and other valuable course materials. Students should check the site regularly. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the instructor during office hours or to make an appointment, if office hours are not convenient, to discuss any questions they may have or to talk about their plans for their two
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Syllabus - History V57.0111-001 V65.0111-001 THE EARLY...

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