Units of Study

MDST2615 - Intellectual History of the Middle Ages

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Vrasidas Karalis
Phone: +61 2 9351 7252
Email: vrasidas.karalis@sydney.edu.au


This unit explores the foundations of the medieval mind in the Byzantine, Western European and Islamic worlds. It starts with the establishment of Constantinople and the fall of Rome (410 AD) and ends with the creation of independent academies in the Italian city-states during the fifteenth century. It examines the educational structure of the medieval empires through school and monasteries, the establishment of universities and the revival of learning in the twelfth century.


1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x1000wd class presentation (20%)


1x2-hr seminar/week


18 junior credit points from Table A, of which 12 credit points are from one subject area


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  • MGRK2622 The Other Road to Greek Modernity
  • MGRK2631 Cultural Identities
  • MGRK2633 Social Norms/Stereotypes in Greek Cinema
  • MGRK2652 Politics and Politicians in Greece
  • MGRK2653 Sex, Drugs and Music in Modern Greece
  • MGRK2655 Modern Greek Art
  • MGRK2657 Greece and the European Imaginary
  • MGRK2675 New Testament Greek and its World A
  • MGRK2676 New Testament Greek and its World B
  • MGRK2682 Sports and Contemporary Culture
  • MGRK2691 Sociolinguistics in the Greek Diaspora
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