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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module HIST59030: Maps in Medieval Europe

Department: History

HIST59030: Maps in Medieval Europe

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


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To enable students with the requisite linguistic competence (a reading knowledge of French, German and Italian) to gain detailed knowledge of the various genres of medieval maps, the concepts that underlie them and the changes that occurred in the course of the Middle Ages; to allow them to evaluate past and present assessments of these maps and to grasp current debates on their origins, purpose and significance.


  • World maps before 1400
  • Portolan charts before 1400
  • Fifteenth-century cartography
  • Maps of regions
  • Local maps
  • Medieval understandings and use of maps

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

        • Individual tutorials

        Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

        Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
        Tutorials 9 Weekly 1 9
        Preperation and Reading 291
        Total 300

        Summative Assessment

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

        Formative Assessment:

        There is no seperate formative assessment, but at least one initial draft of the summative essay will be handed in for comment. The tutor will provide regular oral feedback on 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