History (HIST) 372

High Medieval Europe (Medieval World II) (Revision 1)

HIST 372 course cover

Temporarily closed, effective September 25, 2015.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None. Completion of a 200-level HIST course or equivalent is recommended.

Precluded Course: HIST 302 (HIST 372 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST 302.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HIST 372 surveys the Middle Ages from the eve of the Twelfth Century Renaissance to the onslaught of the Black Death in the mid-fourteenth century. Among the topics covered are the economic and political transformations of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, the flowering of learning and culture during this same period, the highlights of Christian thought from Peter Abelard to St. Thomas Aquinas, and the problems and achievements of the High Middle Ages.

Rather than studying the details of political history, students focus on the enduring legacy of later medieval society—the great works of art, architecture, poetry, political theory, theology, and philosophy produced during this formative period in the development of modern Western culture. The course makes extensive use of contemporary sources that provide first-hand glimpses into the minds and lives of medieval men and women.


The six units are numbered sequentially, following those in HIST 371.

  • Unit 7: The Church Militant: Religious Reform and the Crusades
  • Unit 8: The Great Awakening: The Renaissance of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
  • Unit 9: Christian Thought I: St. Anselm and Peter Abelard
  • Unit 10: The High Middle Ages: Economy, Politics, and Religion
  • Unit 11: The Culture of the High Middle Ages
  • Unit 12: Christian Thought II: Bonaventure, the Aristotelians, and Aquinas


To receive credit for HIST 372, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Short Essay 1 Research Essay Final Exam Total
20% 40% 40% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Kenneth Clark. 1969. Civilisation. London: BBC.

David Knowles. 1988. The Evolution of Medieval Thought, 2nd ed. New York: Random House.

John M. Riddle. A History of the Middle Ages, 300-1500. Rowman & Littlefield, 2008.

Other Materials

The course materials include two study guides and a student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HIST 372 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Part I: Exam Part II: Exam Total
50% 50% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, Feb 20, 2003.

Updated May 17 2016 by Student & Academic Services