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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 Module Cap None.
Tied to V1K107
Tied to R9K607


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The broad purpose of the module is to allow students to engage with the structures and issues of medieval intellectual history.
  • The module aims to relate intellectual history to other areas of history, leading to a more sophisticated understanding of the past and the historical craft.
  • The module will also support the general intended learning outcomes of the MA in Medieval History.


  • Anselm's life and career, including assessment of the sources available and the secondary historiography. This will include consideration of the debate about 'Anselm the intellectual' and how connected he was to the various outside worlds.
  • Early Works: De grammatico
  • Prayers and Meditations
  • Monologion and Proslogion
  • The Three treatises on truth, freedom and the fall of the devil
  • Cur deus homo
  • The Trinity
  • The Virgin birth and De Concordia
  • Anselm's Letters as a collection
  • Anselm and the secular world

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Familiarity with:
  • the theological and philosophical thought of Anselm of Canterbury, the place of Anselm within eleventh and twelfth century thought;
  • the connections between intellectual history and political and ecclesiastical history in the person and career of Anselm.
Subject-specific Skills:
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Key Skills:
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Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module leader and student 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 student, with a view to their producing their extended essay.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 9 weekly one hour 9
Preparation and Reading 291
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Coursework Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 5,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Module leader to read and comment on a first draft of the 5000 word essay.

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