School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Undergraduate
Course code: H-218 Semester: 2st
Course Title: Social and Cultural History of Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
Lectures 3 5
Course type: General Background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Νο
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    Learning outcomes: Students will be able to recognize the chronology and geography of the period under examination, to understand the relevant interpretive perspectives, draw conclusions through historical comparison, assess changes in historical perspective, reassess historical knowledge, recognize the complexity that historical knowledge involves and realize how the present conditions historical research.

    General Competences: The course’s aims include:
    Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information.
    Production of free, creative and inductive thinking.
    Working independently.
    Criticism and self-criticism.
    Respect for difference and multiculturalism

    (3) SYLLABUS

    This is an introductory course designed to provide a broad survey of European developments from the fifth to the eighteenth centuries. The course examines major themes in political history (such as the medieval kingdoms, the rise of communes or the territorial state), in social and economic history (including the medieval tripartite social model, feudal organization, urban life, elite and subordinate classes, manorial structures, the gradual transition to capitalism with proto-industrialization and the impact of the colonial system). Particular attention is paid to cultural history (medieval Christianity, the Renaissance, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation movements) and the formation of social, religious and gender identities.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : The course makes use of information and communications technology (powerpoint presentations and use of eclass).
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Lectures 39
    Personal study of bibliography during the semester. Essay composition and preparation for mid-term exam. 45
    Preparation for final written exam. 61
    Course total: 145
    Student performance evaluation: The language of evaluation is Greek. The methods of evaluation include final written exam, non-compulsory mid-term exam with choice questionnaires and short-answer questions and optional written work.


    Suggested bibliography:
    Bloch Marc, 1987. Η Φεουδαλική Κοινωνία. Αθήνα.
    Braudel Fernand, 1993-2002 (1949). Η Μεσόγειος και ο μεσογειακός κόσμος την εποχή του Φιλίππου Β΄, 3 τ. Αθήνα.
    Braudel Fernand, 1995-8 (1979).Υλικός πολιτισμός, οικονομία και καπιταλισμός, (15ος-18ος αιώνας), 2 τ. Αθήνα.
    Crawford Katherine, 2007. European Sexualities, 1400-1800. Cambridge.
    Gurevich Aaron, 1992. Historical Anthropology of the Middle Ages. Cambridge.
    Hufton Olwen, Ιστορία των γυναικών στην Ευρώπη (1500-1800). Αθήνα, 2003.
    Le Goff Jacques, Ο Πολιτισμός της Μεσαιωνικής Δύσης. Θεσσαλονίκη 1993.
    Kamen Henry, 2002. Πρώιμη Νεότερη Ευρωπαϊκή Ιστορία, Αθήνα.
    Μπενβενίστε Ρίκα, 2007. Από τους Βαρβάρους στους Μοντέρνους. Κοινωνική Ιστορία και ιστοριογραφικά προβλήματα της μεσαιωνικής Δύσης, Αθήνα.
    Muchembled Robert και William Monter (επιμ.), 2007. Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe, 4 τ., Cambridge και Νέα Υόρκη: τ. 1, H. Schilling και Ι. G. Toth (επιμ.), Religion and Cultural Exchange in Europe, 1400-1700. τ. 2, D. Calabi και S. T. Christensen (επιμ.), Cities and Cultural Exchange in Europe, 1400-1700. τ. 3, F. Bethencourt και F. Egmont (επιμ.), Correspondence and Cultural Exchange, 1400-1700. τ. 4, H. Roodenburg (επιμ.), Forging European Identities, 1400-1700.
    Muir Edward, Ritual in Early Modern Europe. Cambridge, 1997.
    Smith Julia, 2008. Η Ευρώπη μετά τη Ρώμη. Μια Νέα Πολιτισμική Ιστορία 500-1000. Αθήνα.
    Todorov Tzvetan, 2004. Η κατάκτηση της Αμερικής: το πρόβλημα του Άλλου. Αθήνα.
    Wiesner-Hanks Merry, 2008. Πρώιμη Νεότερη Ευρώπη 1450-1789, Αθήνα.

    – Related academic journals:
    Journal of Medieval History
    Renaissance Quarterly
    Sixteenth Century Journal