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History (HIST) 371

The Medieval World (I): The Early Middle Ages (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode:Individualized study.


Area of Study:Humanities


Precluded Course:HIST 302 (HIST 371 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST 302.)

Centre:Centre for Global and Social Analysis

HIST 371 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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HIST 371 surveys over five hundred years in the history of Western Civilization from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the eve of the Twelfth Century Renaissance. Rather than studying the details of political history, students will focus on the enduring legacy of early medieval society—the religious, political, and legal institutions and structures, and the great works of art, architecture, poetry, and theology created during these centuries.


Unit 1: The Fall of the Roman Empire and the Rise of Barbarian Europe

Unit 2: By the Skin of Our Teeth? Pagan Culture and Christianity in the Centuries of Crisis, AD 400-700

Unit 3: The Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian Revivals of the Eighth and Ninth Centuries

Unit 4: Byzantium and Islam

Unit 5: The Vikings

Unit 6: The Central Middle Ages: Economy, Society, and Politics


To receive credit for HIST 371, students 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%

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

Course Materials


Clark, Kenneth. 1969. Civilisation. London: BBC.

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

Peters, Edward. 1997. Europe and the Middle Ages. 3d ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Roesdahl, Else. 1998. The Vikings. 2d. revised ed. Penguin.

Other Materials

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

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.

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