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Medieval History

World history from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance



Jennifer Edmunson


Class size:

minimum 8, maximum 16


Additional fees:



Class time: (Meets once/week)

(Wed.-2) 10:10-11:30


Pre-requisites for class:



Graduation requirement:

1 credit world history

  • Course Description

While history doesn't repeat itself, it does rhyme and we can learn to see themes that cross across centuries and millennia and apply those to current world situations.


Some of the events covered include early church history as well as the founding of Islam;  Africa; Europe and the Crusades; Asia; New Worlds Explored; Renaissance and Reformation; and the Elizabethan Era.


While this class can stand alone, there is an overall goal for all history students.  In taking all four years of history, students will have an overall understanding of human history from the beginning through the year 2000. Understanding history includes understanding different perspectives, motivations, biases, even location. Students will learn to sift primary and secondary sources, determine a viewpoint that is consistent with known understanding of events, grasp the subject in order to participate in intelligent discussions, and understand this subject across multiple contexts including literature, philosophy, natural sciences, and even our common culture/literacy.


In addition to studying our text, each year will also have an additional focus:


  • Ancient - Confessions by St. Augustine

  • Medieval - The Comedies by Dante

  • Early Modern - Multiple Passages of Memorization

  • Modern - 12 Years a Slave, The Great Gatsby, Unbroken, Anthem

  • Classwork / Homework
  • Required Books & Materials

Year 2 Medieval Companion 

available in ebook or hardcopy


(There will be a 15% discount code for purchase.)

  • 3 ring binder

  • Reinforced notebook paper (No spirals please)

  • Writing utensils

  • Binder pocket dividers (4)

  • Map pencils or fine markers

  • Electronic device to take quiz in class each week

    • Phone, iPod, Tablet, Laptop, iPad

    • I do have 2 extra devices to be used for quiz only if needed

Students will engage in presentations and lectures, learn note-taking, class discussion, independent study, original texts, memorization, and even food. We will use the past as a lens to understand our current world. Students will complete homework assignments online from our Google Classroom each week as well as work toward a final project each semester. Each student will also keep a binder of all notes, maps, homework, and handouts for a final grade.

To aid your student in the above task, it is imperative you have a working printer as there will be documents that must be printed each week and brought to class. The instructor will provide certain handouts, maps, exams, and class activities, and students will be required to print some pages at home.

Approximate homework: 2+ hours

Contact the instructor if you have additional questions.
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