History of Medieval and Early Modern Society
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Kesk- ja varauusaegne maailm
Course title in English
History of Medieval and Early Modern Society
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
Priit Raudkivi (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To create preconditions for the formation of knowledge base for understanding the key problems of medieval and early modern history in the frame-work of the main historiographic trends. Widen knowledge-network for orientation in the advancement of material culture. Expand the skills of understanding era-centered world perception and material culture as impact factors in the development of visual culture.
Brief description of the course
Main historiographic trends in understanding the history of the middle-Ages and Early-Modern period. The spread of Christianity and its unifying effect in European history. The genesis and development of the feudal relations. European expansion: the Crusades and the Age of discovery. Signs of the crisis in the Catholic Church. The reformation and counter-reformation. Advancement of material culture and technology. Changes in world-perception though centuries and its impact on the development of visual culture. Lectures, seminars, practical training.
Independent work
Working through compulsory literature. Via Moodle the students will be guided to additional compulsory texts according to the logic course.
Learning outcomes in the course
Student is able to analyze and evaluate interpretations of the transition from the Antiquity to the Middle Ages and from the Middle Ages to the Early-modern period in European history. Masters the basic chronology. Owns understanding of the regional differences of political and socio-economic development of the European society and its setting. Comprehends the connectedness of world perception with the elements of material and visual culture.
Assessment methods
1. Active participation in seminars and knowledge of the compulsory literature (30%)
2. Oral presentation and the short essay on the same topic (around 10 000 characters) (30%)
3. Structured written exam (40%)
Priit Raudkivi