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Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST50530: Germany in the making II (1198-1380)

Department: History

HIST50530: Germany in the making II (1198-1380)

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Available in 2007/08


  • HIST50430


  • HIST50130

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • Further consideration of the themes developed in Germany in the Making I (1060-1198) in context of the significantly changed circumstances of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.


  • The module will explore further the social, political, economic and cultural development of medieval Germany, in a period in which the patterns of life and modes of thought established in the preceding two centuries were subjected to a series of sharp challenges. Matters for consideration include: the crises facing the imperial monarchy and the growing fragmentation of power and authority in Germany; the development of towns, with distinctive forms of social, ecomonic, political and cultural life; the consolidation of the German presence in the east, and the challenges to which it was subject; and the development of the German princely territories as frameworks for political and social life.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
      Key Skills:

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

        • Objectives are to be met through a programme of intensive directed reading, regular discussion of issues arising from the reading, and the production of an extensive piece of writing on an agreed subject.

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 5 Fortnightly 1.5 hours 7.5
        Preparation and Reading 290
        Other: Unscheduled meetings as requested by the student. Variable Variable Variable
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

        Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
        Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
        Essay 5000 words 100%

        Formative Assessment:

        Discussion of work in progress

        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