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Fordham University – Center for Medieval Studies
Graduate Courses – Fall Semester 2012
For more information, contact the center at (718) 817-4655 or medievals@fordham.edu


MVST 0910         Maintenance                                          (0 credits)                                     
MVST 0922         PhD Comp Prep                                    (.5 credit)              (in semester of Doctoral Certificate exam)
MVST 0934         Master’s Comp Preparation                (.5 credit)              Call # 15839
MVST 0936         Master’s Comp Exam                            (.5 credit)                                     
MVST 0937         Research Paper Preparation              (.5 credit)                                       
MVST 8500         Independent Research                         (2 credits)              Call # 11671
MVST 8501         Independent Research                         (1 credit)                        

MVST 5070 (4)    Manuscript Culture                                                            Call # 18077          (Hafner)                                                 F 4:00-6:30
This course will examine manuscript culture from the third through the fifteenth centuries, with particular attention to questions of textual transmission and illuminated adornment. Issues examined will include: the principles, materials, and study of medieval manuscripts and primary documents; the problems of evaluation of the cultural contexts of their production and use; manuscript illumination; the resources of codicology and palaeography; the preparation and evaluation of modern editions; the assessment of readership and patronage; philology and the materialism of the Middle Ages; or the development of libraries. The course will include visits to local manuscript libraries, such as Special Collections at Walsh Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts at Columbia University, the Rare Book Collection of the NY Public Library, and the Morgan Library. Students will have the opportunity to do hands-on work with primary sources. Their final projects will be tailored to their research areas and expertise and must be based on the study of an original manuscript.

ENGL 5211 (3)     Intro to Old English                                                            Call # 19286          (Chase)                                  T 3:45-6:15
This course will introduce students to Old English (Anglo-Saxon) language and literature, as well as palaeography and codicology of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.

ENGL 6323 (3)     European Writing and England in the 12th Century         Call # 19439          (O’Donnell)                            R 3:45-6:15
This course has two objectives: First, it uses English writing between 1050 and 1250 to consider the history of European literature more generally.  It looks to the complex and multilingual background of individual works produced in England, including histories, debate poems, romances, works of spiritual instruction, and lyric poetry.  How does literature help us understand the profound changes in twelfth-century Northwest Europe?  Second, it provides students with the background they need in Middle English language and literature. Translations will be offered for readings in another language, such as French, Latin, Welsh, or Occitan, as well as individual translation tutorials for those who want them.

HIST 6077 (4)      The Angevin Empire                                                            Call # 19226          (Paul)                                     W 5:15-7:45
From the Middle of the twelfth until the first quarter of the thirteenth centuries, one dynasty, the house of Anjou, were the effective rulers of an enormous agglomeration of kingdoms and principalities which stretched from the North Sea to the Mediterranean and encompassed England, large parts of Ireland, Wales, and nearly half of the territory which today constitutes modern France. Following a wave of renewed scholarly interest in the politics and culture of this period, this class will explore this short-lived but powerful empire, its lands, peoples and rulers.

HIST 6136 (4)      Disease in the Middle Ages                                                Call # 19227          (Mueller)                               R 4:45-7:15
The course will explore disease in the West from about 500 to 1500, including sudden epidemics like the Black Death, endemic illnesses such as leprosy, and the rise of literate university medicine alongside the academic laggards of surgery and midwifery. Particularly attention will be paid to issues that highlight the close nexus between medical and social practices. What accounted for the medieval rise of many enduring institutions in the health sector, for example, faculties of medicine and university-trained health practitioners with the lucrative title of "doctor"? What rendered medical know-how 'scientific' at the time and gave it its strong public appeal? What is the relationship between modern "empirical" medicine and its older "scholastic" counterpart?

HIST 7025 (4)      ProSeminar: Medieval Religious Cultures                        Call # 19230          (Gyug)                                    M 2:30-5:00
The proseminar provides an introduction to significant issues in the area and the basic tools for research. Students who continue in the linked seminar in the spring 2006, HSGA 8025, will write research papers on selected topics in the area. Major topics and debates in the study of medieval religious cultures will be considered through works on the cult of saints, popular religion, devotional practices, religious identities, and questions of dissent. In addition to introductions to sub-disciplines such as hagiography and liturgy, research methods and problems will be considered through the close reading of selected primary sources. Most classes will include Latin translation exercises.

PHIL 5003 (3)      Natural Law Ethics                                                                Call # 18069          (Koterski)                              T 12:00-2:00
A study of the principles of natural law ethics and its applications to selected current moral problems. The course includes a treatment of the historical origins of the theory of natural law, with special emphasis on the relevant texts of Thomas Aquinas from the Summa Theologiae. Among topics treated will be the relation of morality to positive law and to divine law, the nature and limits of authority, the common good, the nature of the human person, virtue and vice, and such principles as subsidiary, double effect, and finality.

 PHIL 7075 (3)     Medieval Philosophy of Language and Logic                     Call # 18072          (Klima)                                   F 1:30-3:30
This course surveys main sources, key figures, salient problems, and paradigmatic theories of medieval philosophy of language and logic, contrasting and confronting them with their contemporary counterparts. Main issues covered will include meaning, reference, generativity, compositionality, contextuality, mental language vs. private language, logical validity vs. psychologism, realism vs. nominalism, and argumentation and understanding across different conceptual schemes.

THEO 5300 (3)    History of Christianity I                                                       Call # 19211          (Lienhard)                             W 5:15-7:45
This course treats the history of Christian doctrine and theology from the end of the New Testament era to 1500. Lectures concentrate on three doctrines: the Trinity (4th century), the Person of Christ (5th century), and the presence of Christ in the Eucharist (9th to 13th centuries). Students also read 8 to 10 short books and report on them in writing; typical subjects are the history of biblical interpretation, the Cappadocian Fathers, Augustine, Anselm, Scholasticism, a survey of medieval theology, Bonaventure, and Thomas Aquinas. The course ends with a final examination.

 THEO 6194 (3)   History, Theory and Christianity                                          Call # 19207          (Dunning)                              T 2:30-5:00
This course will provide a thorough introduction to recent developments in historiography and critical theory in light of the so-called "linguistic turn." It will also explore the methodological relevance of these theoretical shifts from the study of pre-modern Christianity/historical theology.

THEO 6480 (3)    Christianizing the Barbarians                                               Call # 19212          (Demacopoulos)                    W 9:00-11:30
The course examines the “christianizing” of pagan peoples (Roman, Germanic and Slavic) during the early medieval period.  We begin with two basic questions:  What evidence is there for the “chrisitianizing” of Europe? And how do we explain it?  Most class meetings will have two components:  a discussion of primary sources and an evaluation of scholarly attempts to explain the process of Christianization.  Students will take turns leading these discussions.  Students will also be responsible for three written assignments: two 3-page article reviews and an article-length seminar paper.

FREN 5090 (0)     French for Reading                                                               Call # 10488          (TBA)                                     T 4:15-6:45
GERM 5001 (0)    Graduate Reading in German I                                           Call # 15446          (Hafner)                                                 TF 11:30-12:45


Summer 2012 Courses

MVST 5024 (4)    Medieval Political Thought                                               (Baumgarth)         1st session, TR 4:00-7:30

An investigation of the major political theories of the Middle Ages from the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West until the eve of the Protestant Reformation. Students will read the classic texts from this era from Augustine's City of God to Masilius of Padua’s The Defender of the Peace.

LATN 5090 (0)   Latin for Reading       (Taught at LC Campus)(TBA)     1st session, MW 6:00-9:00
SPAN 5090 (0)   Spanish for Reading                      (Sagardia)                1st session, TR 6:00-9:00         
LATN 5093 (3)  Ecclesiastical Latin                        (Clark)                     2nd session, MW 6:00-9:00                 
FREN 5090 (0)   French for Reading                       (Brandon)                2nd session, TR 6:00-9:00


Spring 2013 Courses

MVST 5305 (4)     Writing East: Outremer and Identity in the Middle Ages                                         (Paul & Yeager)                    R 2:30-5:00
ENGL 6265 (3)      Manuscript to Print                                                                                              (Erler)                                    F 3:45-6:15
ENGL 6239 (3)      French of England III                                                                                           (Wogan-Browne)                  T 10:30-1:30
HIST 6152 (4)       Medieval Women and Family                                                                               (Kowaleski)                           M 2:30-5:00
HIST 8025 (4)       ProSem: Medieval Religious Cultures                                                                    (Gyug)                                   W 5:00-7:30
PHIL 5010 (3)       Introduction to Aquinas                                                                                         (Davies)                                M 7:00-9:00
PHIL 5012 (3)       Introduction to Augustine                                                                                      (Cullen)                                  T 9:30-11:30
THEO 6444 (3)     Medieval Modernisms [Modern Appropriations of Medieval Legacy]                    (Moore)                                 T 4:00-6:30
THEO 6464 (3)     Late Medieval/Early Modern Christianity                                                              (Hornbeck)                              R 9:00-11:30 
THEO 6466 (3)     Medieval Hagiography                                                                                          (M. Tilley)                              W 9:00-11:30
FREN 5080 (0)      French for Reading                                                                                               (TBA)
GERM 5002 (0)     Graduate Reading in German II                                                                            (Hafner)




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