Byzantium between East and West (MDST2612)


This unit investigates the role that Byzantium played throughout the Middle Ages as the cultural interface between East and West between 330 and 1453. It examines the various forms of interaction that took place within Byzantium and because of Byzantium between Eastern and Western Europe, Europe and Asia, and Christianity and Islam. It further explores pre-modern perceptions of identity, social class, economy, and gender. Its main focus is to delineate the wide range of exchanges that took place throughout the Middle Ages between societies through cultural diffusion, military campaigns, material culture and political ideologies.

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Further unit of study information


1x1-hr lecture/week, 2x1-hr seminars/week


2x2000wd essay (70%), 1x1000wd tutorial presentation (20%) and participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules


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

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