Module Identifier HY35430  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Phillipp Schofield  
Semester Intended For Use In Future Years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours  
Assessment Exam   3 Hours   60%  
  Essay   2 essays (1 x 4,000 words, 1 x 2,500 words)   40%  
  Resit assessment   3 hour exam plus any missing written work    

Brief description
This course attempts to discuss the main elements from which late medieval society was constructed; after a broad overview, intended to introduce the issues which underpin the course and clarify its structure, a series of lectures will describe the nature of familial, local community and national ties in four main contexts: rural, urban, aristocratic, religious. The course will also consider ways in which individuals perceived themselves or were perceived as members of certain communities and the degree to which individual membership of communities overlapped. Additionally, the potential for 'alternative' communities to pose challenges as, say, heretical sects, dissident groups, or simply by offering mildly differing agendas needs to be addressed. The extent to which society in this period was divided according to class, education, economy, culture, and so on, will, consequently, be a central theme for investigation.