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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)


Department: History


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08
Tied to L1K107


  • None


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The aims to explore the ways in which the wide and deep range of primary material available for the study of the Crusades can be explored in a coherent and balanced fashion, leading to a more sophistocated understanding of the past and of the historical craft.


  • Background to the idea of crusading
  • Administration of Crusade
  • Experience of crusading
  • The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem: a colonial venture?
  • Response of the Islamic world: the growth of Jihad
  • Diversity of crusading: Crusade in Spain: Crusade and National Identity. Crusade in the Baltic: Crusade against Pagans. Mediterranean Crusades after 1187: the survival and development of the idea of crusading.
  • Diversity of viewpoints: Crusade from the perspective of military, religious, and social history
  • Historiography: the development of scholarly interpretation.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • The successful student will have gained a detailed knowledge and understanding of the medieval crusades, the sources for their study, and their scholarly interpretation.
Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • The module leader and students will meet to plan specific topic areas within the module. These will then form the basis for the student to formulate their ideas for their major fields of inquiry. The module leader will use these meetings to guide the reading and research of the students, with a view to their producing their extended essay.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Tutorials 9 weekly 1 hour 9
      Preparation & Reading 291
      Total 300

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      5000 word essay, submitted at the end of the module 5000 words 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University