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Graduate Course Offerings for Spring 2012
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MVST 0910         Maintenance                              (0 credits)                                      (Staff)
MVST 0922         PhD Comp Prep (in semester of Doctoral Certificate exam)               (.5 credit)
MVST 0934         Master’s Comp Preparation     (.5 credit)       Call # 18213            (Staff)
MVST 0936         Master’s Comp Exam                (.5 credit)                                      (Staff)
MVST 0937         Research Paper Preparation     (.5 credit)                                       (Staff)
MVST 8500         Independent Research               (2 credits)      Call # 11550            (Staff)                                   
MVST 8501         Independent Research               (1 credit)       Call # 11551             (Staff)                               

MVST 5031 (4) Byzantium, Islam, and the West in Art                  Call #18215                     (Parker)                                               W 10:30-1:00
This course is a seminar specifically designed around an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art opening in March 2012: Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th-9th century). The exhibition offers a unique opportunity to study not only the impact on the visual arts of the interaction of the Byzantine and Islamic cultures at this critical historical period, but also to examine the art and architecture of Carolingian France and Visigothic Spain from this perspective. 

MVST 5077 (4) Editing Medieval Texts                                             Call # 18214                    (Kelemen)                                           R 2:15-4:45
This is a course in the theory and practice of editing, especially as it relates to medieval texts, with most of the examples coming from Middle English. We'll give attention to documentary, historical, and aesthetic approaches, and we will spend some time exploring digital methods and concerns.

LATN 6521 (3) Latin Paleography                                                     Call # 18040                    (Clark)                                                  F 1:00-3:00
From Script to Print: A study of the development of Latin handwriting from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Includes a study of the manuscript as book (codicology) and as cultural artifact. Some consideration of textual transmission and critical editing. There will be hands-on practice in reading the various scripts. Weekly transcriptions, some outside reading, a final examination, and a final palaeographical project are course requirements.  The final project will involve transcribing and identifying an original manuscript leaf from the Fordham collection, although advanced students, with specific research needs, may, with permission, develop their own final palaeographical projects.

ENGL 5210 (3) Introduction to Old Norse Language and Literature   Call # 17968             (Chase)                                                     T 1:30-3:20
The course will involve both an introduction to Old Norse language, and the study of representative works from a variety of genres: historical prose, saga prose, and hagiography, as well as eddic poetry (wisdom, myth, legend) and the encomiastic poetry of the skalds. Readings will be partly in Old Norse, partly in translation. We will attempt to situate the texts in their medieval cultural context (analogues in English, French, German, and Latin literature), and we will spend some time on Old Norse palaeography and codicology so that students can better appreciate their material context. There is no prerequisite for the course and no prior knowledge is assumed, but students should be aware that the course will involve language study. 
ENGL 6212 (3) Medieval to Early Modern Drama                           Call # 17981                    (Erler)                                                    T  3:30-5:20
Connections among the cycle plays (in Middle English), late medieval and Tudor drama preceding Shakespeare.
ENGL 6237 (3) French of England II                                                 Call # 17982                    (Wogan-Browne)                                     R 5:30-7:20
The French of England course studies the rich, under-researched corpus (c. 1000 literary texts) composed and/or circulating in medieval England (and in some other medieval regions) from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries.  For some four hundred years, French was a major language of literary composition as well as an important language of record, law, government, administration and the professions in England. Taking this literature into account involves re-thinking the literary and linguistic assumptions of monoglot literary histories in the light of multilingual paradigms, together with some considerable re-mapping of medieval literary history.  Some grasp of the language is indispensable both for pleasure in texts and for continuing research work involving edited and unedited sources in the French of England.  Attached to the weekly two hour course seminar is a one hour linguistic practicum, including basic grammar and close translation work, using examples from the texts to be discussed in the seminar.  The course for Spring 2011 is designed to accommodate different paces of learning: for those new to FoE and for those who have already taken a course in it.  Modern French is a desirable but not in all cases essential prerequisite: please enquire if you are uncertain about your linguistic qualification.
HIST 6076 (4) Noble Culture and Society                                          Call # 18974                    (Paul)                                                  W 4:45-7:15
The period between the end of effective Carolingian rule in Western Europe and the flowering of high medieval culture (c. 900-1200) saw the rise of a new and exclusive elite class. Not only did this “noble” class dominate the political landscape through lordship, but they also acted as the main patrons and consumers of courtly culture, supporters of orthodox and heretical religious movements, and adherents of the military codes of chivalry. This course will explore the recent scholarship on the nobility, including arguments surrounding the supposed feudal and familial transformations that created the noble class, theories on the birth of courtliness and chivalry, and discussions of the changing nature of noble society following the “crises” caused first by the rise of royal power in the thirteenth century and then by the emergence of a wealthy merchant class in the later middle ages.

HIST 6154 (4) Medieval Warfare and Society                                   Call # 18350                    (Kowaleski)                                        M 2:30-5:00
The course examines the role of warfare in medieval society from the "barbarian invasions" through the Hundred Years War and War of Roses. We will focus in particular on the impact of technological developments on how war was fought; the relationship between social and stratification and the conduct of war; the influence of the church on warfare; and the social consequences and economic cost of warfare. 

HIST 8110 (4) SEM: Church Law and Medieval Society                 Call # 18352                    (Mueller)                                               R 5:00-7:30
The course forms the second part of a two-semester pro-seminar/seminar sequence and invites graduate students to pursue original research projects in the field of medieval church law.  Their inquiries may address a wide range of issues, such as legal theory, judicial practice, and the medieval uses and perceptions of canonical justice.  The previous pro-seminar has provided an introduction to the field and helped formulate appropriate study agendas.  This seminar will offer a forum for the presentation, discussion, and refinement of each participant's scholarly work-in-progress.  The ultimate goal will be to submit a fully annotated 30 to 40-page essay which successfully analyzes select source material.  

PHIL 5010 (3) Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas                        Call # 18395                    (Davies)                                                  M 7:00-9:00
This course will be a general introduction to Aquinas's philosophical thinking.  We shall pay special attention to his philosophy of God.  We shall also look at what he says about questions such as the scope of human knowledge, the nature of the human being, and the nature and significance of human action. As well as being expository, the course will consider the cogency of Aquinas's positions on various topics.  It will also try to relate what Aquinas says to what other philosophers, especially modern and contemporary ones, have had to say. The course will not presuppose any previous knowledge of Aquinas on the part of student.

PHIL 5012 (3) Introduction to St. Augustine                                    Call # 18396                    (Pini)                                                        T 2:15-4:15
This course will provide a survey of some of the key aspects of St. Augustine’s thought. Topics will include faith and reason; divine ideas; the theology of the Holy Trinity; mind; skepticism; divine foreknowledge and predestination and human free will; the problem of evil; original sin and divine grace; happiness; human history and society. These topics will be approached by studying relevant sections from Augustine’s major works.
Ideally, each class will consist of an introductory lecture (first hour) and discussion on the readings (second hour). This format may vary according to what the material requires and the needs of students. Students are expected to complete the readings in advance and take an active role in the discussion.
PHIL 7070 (3) Medieval Exemplarism                                                Call # 17999                    (Cullen)                                               F 3:15-5:15
This course will be an examination and investigation of medieval exemplarism --the theory that the things of the world reflect model, or exemplar, ideas. This course will first trace the precursors to the medieval doctrine among the ancients and Augustine and will then proceed to examine the doctrine of exemplarism in major Scholastic authors, concentrating on the Franciscans. Four authors will receive special focus: Bonaventure, Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and Ockham. Some attention, however, will also be given to other figures, such as, Alexander of Hales and Albertus Magnus.

PHIL 7090 (3) Aquinas/Buridan on the Soul                                    Call # 18002                    (Klima)                                                   T 12:00-2:00
This course will compare and contrast the respective philosophies of mind of the moderate realist Thomas Aquinas and the nominalist John Buridan on the basis of their questions and commentaries on Aristotle's "On the Soul". 

THEO 5230 (3) Advanced Greek: Early Christian Letters              Call # 18374                    (Peppard)                                            W 10:00-12:30
This course includes both a rapid review of Greek grammar and syntax, and also intermediate/advanced readings from Hellenistic and/or early Christian texts. 

THEO 5400 (3) Topics in Islam: Major Themes and Texts             Call # 19134                    (Kueny)                                                 T 11:45- 2:15
This course is an introduction to Islam through close readings of the Qur’ān as well as theological, philosophical, legal, exegetical and literary writings. Special focus will be given to comparative themes, such as God, revelation, prophecy, ethics, the boundaries of human reason, ritual, sexuality and gender.
THEO 6198 (3) The Self in Early Christianity                                   Call # 18377                    (Dunning)                                              R 11:45-2:15
An examination of different notions of "the self" in early Christianity with particular attention to ancient ideas about status, gender, ethnicity, and cultural identity, as well as their implications for Christians in the pre-Constantinian era. 
THEO 6465 (3) Asceticism and Monasticism                                     Call # 18379                    (Lienhard)                                             M 5:15-7:45
The course begins with a consideration of asceticism in Judaism, among pagans, and in early Christianity, including dedicated virginity, and then treats the history of the monastic movement up to the Carolingian era and Benedict of Aniane.  The principal work of the course is reading and analyzing, in English translation, pertinent documents from this period, from four categories: lives of monks (Antony, Pachomius, Martin, Benedict), collected lives (Lausiac History, History of the Monks in Egypt, and others), rules (Basil, Augustine, the Master, Benedict), and theory (Evagrius of Pontus, John Cassian).

FREN  5090 (0) French for Reading                                                   Call # 12868                    (Harris)                                                T    4:15-6:45   
GERM 5002 (0) Graduate Reading in German II                             Call # 17960                    (Hafner)                                                TF 11:30-12:45


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