Medieval Europe

Caitlin Corning                                                    email:
Office: Center Street House #5                           Phone:  503-554-2673
Office Hours:  MWF 1:30-2:30                            Syllabus:
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Course Description

This course is a survey of Medieval Europe from the transformation of the Roman Empire in the 5th century through the late Middle Ages.  The emphasis in this course will be on political, economic, and Church history, though other areas will not be ignored.

Course Objectives
1. To provide the students with a general knowledge of the events and developments in Medieval Europe.

2. To provide a foundation for understanding later developing in European history.

3. To give the students a better understanding of the types of sources available to historians as attempt to understand Medieval Europe.

4. To improve writing, oral communication, critical reading and information literacy skills.

Rosenwein, A Short History of the Middle Ages, 3rd ed.

Grade Assessment

Participation                   10%
Discussions                    15%
(discussion sheets
 and group
Paper                              25%
Mid-term                          25%
Final                                25%

Late Policy
  • Discussions: If an absence is not excused, late work is penalized 10% per day.
  • Exams/Papers: If an absence is not excused, late work is penalized 10% per day.

Please note that this university has a no tolerance policy regarding cheating and plagiarism.  Use of another person's exact words without quote marks and reference is plagiarism, as is restating another person's ideas but not providing a reference to indicate that it is not your own.  If you have any questions, see your Student Handbook, or talk to me.

Disability Statement

If you have specific physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require accommodations, please contact the Disability Services office early in the term so that your learning needs may be appropriately met.  You will need to provide current documentation of your disability to Disability Services.  For more information, contact Rick Muthiah, Director of Disability Services (ext. 2314 or, or go to