Intellectual History of the Middle Ages (MDST2615)


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.

Further unit of study information


1x2-hr seminar/week


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

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

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

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.