History (HIST) 372

High Medieval Europe, 1000-1350 (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: None. Completion of a 100- or 200- level History or Humanities course is recommended.

Precluded Course: HIST 302 (HIST372 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HIST302)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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History 372: High Medieval Europe, 1000-1350, is a three-credit, senior-level course that surveys the most significant political, economic, social, intellectual and religious events and trends in Europe from the turn of the first millennium until the Black Death, c. 1350. To engage students with the achievements and challenges of this period, the course presents primary source readings from the period as well as current scholarly interpretations of the High Middle Ages. Through researching a particular historical question in detail, students will exercise the research, critical reading, and writing skills needed for success at university and beyond. Students study the materials independently at their own pace and may consult the tutor assigned to assist them and mark their work.


The online Study Guide contains thirteen units:

  • Unit 1: Introduction: The High Middle Ages
  • Unit 2: Making a Living and Living Together
  • Unit 3: Christendom Reformed
  • Unit 4: The Crusade Movement
  • Unit 5: The Twelfth-Century Renaissance
  • Unit 6: Feudal Monarchies
  • Unit 7: Urban Growth
  • Unit 8: Urban Society
  • Unit 9: Religious Movements
  • Unit 10: High Scholasticism
  • Unit 11: Thirteenth-century Kingship
  • Unit 12: Romanesque and Gothic Architecture
  • Unit 13: The Crises of the Fourteenth Century


To  receive credit for HIST 372, 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:

Activity Weighting
Quiz 1 2%
Quiz 2 2%
Assignment 1: Research Plan 5%
Assignment 2: Article Review 20%
Quiz 3 1%
Assignment 3: Research Essay 30%
Final Exam 40%
Total 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 who 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


Jordan, William Chester. Europe in the High Middle Ages. The Penguin History of Europe, 3. London: Penguin, 2001.

Other Materials

The print materials also include a Reading File of required readings from book chapters and articles.

Online Materials

The online materials consist of a Course Manual (instructions for this course), Student Manual (general university policies), Study Guide (instructional material for each unit), and the Digital Reading Room (with links to ebooks, ejournals, a streaming video and websites that are required reading).

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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.

Activity Weighting
Part I: Exam 50%
Part II: Exam 50%
Total 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 2, January 5, 2017.

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