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The medieval village landscape, 1000-1500AD

This interactive, practical course introduces participants to the 'grammar' of the medieval landscape
Cory Saarinen, eLearning Team,Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley Cambridge CB23 8AQ,

Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Humanities

Function : General

Trainer name : Dr Susan Oosthuizen FSA

Starts on : 5th Jan 2015

Duration : 7 Weeks

Difficulty : Advanced

The medieval village landscape, 1000-1500AD

This interactive, practical course introduces participants to the 'grammar' of the medieval landscape. It explains how visitors to villages can use evidence from the landscape around them - roads and hedges, buildings and greens - as well as from maps and other sources, to unravel the origins of many settlements.

No background knowledge of medieval village landscape is assumed, and so the course is open to anyone who has an interest in understanding their local landscape. Many of the approaches we will discuss are widely applicable. The application of knowledge to a specific location will mean that this course is also suitable for students who have a background in this subject.

Aims of the course:

  • to develop in participants a critical understanding of the origins and development of medieval English settlement;
  • to introduce a limited range of archaeological, architectural, documentary and other primary sources for medieval settlement in the landscape; and
  • to initial methods for their analysis and interpretation;
  • to encourage participants to apply their learning to sites of their own choosing. 

demonstrate an outline understanding of some of the ideas, theories, debates and processes through which the history of medieval settlement is explained;
show a critical awareness of and use some of the range of sources and methods available to landscape historians;
begin to be able to suggest explanations/hypotheses for the origins of medieval settlements on the basis of critical observation in the field.

Schedule (this course is completed entirely online):

  • Orientation Week: 5-11 January 2015
  • Teaching Weeks: 12 January-15 February 2015
  • Feedback Week: 16-22 February 2015


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