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Course Offerings for Spring 2004


MVGA 0910 Maintenance-Medieval
0 Credits (Staff) (Call # 13591)
MVGA 8500 Independent Research
2 Credits (Staff) (Call # 13927)
MVGA 8501 Independent Research
1 Credit (Staff) (Call # 13928)

MVGA 5070 Manuscript Culture
4 Credits (Wright) (Call # 13929) Thursdays 4:45-7:15
This course is intended as a comprehensive introduction to the material and intellectual circumstances of textual transmission and preservation in the Middle Ages. Our work, in seminar and in individual assignments, will include practical, 'hands-on' experience with medieval books and a thorough orientation in the modern scholarly tools available for their study; our goal is to acquire those skills necessary for the efficient extraction and evaluation of the special types of evidence preserved in manuscript books, with a view to an intensely historical sense of the function and significance of textuality in such institutions as the medieval church, the monastery, libraries, schools and universities, and politics and the law. Our investigations will suggest new approaches to such central issues in medieval studies as the relation between orality and literacy, the transition from Latin to vernacular culture, and the reception of visual and verbal images. The course will conclude with an introduction to editorial theory and practice, and the ways in which the products of textual criticism can variously uncover, obscure, and falsify the material preserved in the medieval codex. The course requires the preparation of a final paper of no more than 25 pages on a topic of particular interest to the student, along with a short scholarly abstract, a review of a relevant book or essay, and an oral presentation of the paper topic.

ENGA 6231 Late Medieval Women: Reading, Texts, Audience
3 Credits(Erler)(Call # 13913)Mondays 5:30-7:20
The course will study women as producers and consumers of literature, that is as writers and readers. Instead of examining women as subjects of literary representation, we will use non-literary disciplines – social history, bibliography, iconography – to recover elements of women’s lives in order to understand their involvement with reading. In addition, material evidence in surviving books (gift inscriptions or ownership marks) can reveal a readership of heterodox and orthodox women, of anchoresses, vowesses, nuns and laywomen for these almost exclusively religious texts. Like much current medieval scholarship, the class will employ cultural perspectives in which literature, history, and visual materials illuminate each other.

HSGA 6074 Medieval Politics and Authority
4 Credits(Smail)(Call # 13918)Wednesdays 4:45-7:15
This course introduces students to a wide array of historical literature relevant to questions of politics, power, and authority in medieval Europe. Within this general framework we will be focusing on two important sub-themes, namely the history and historiography of state formation and the nature of power and authority.

HSGA 6154 Medieval Warfare and Society
4 Credits(Kowaleski)(Call # 13919)Tuesdays 4:45-7:15
This course examines the role of warfare in medieval society from the "barbarian invasions" through the Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses. We will focus in particular on the impact of technological developments on the conduct of war and on social hierarchies; on the relationship between social stratification and the conduct of war; on the influence of the church on warfare; and on the social consequences and economic costs of warfare. Students will be required to do a short oral report and annotated bibliography, as well as an historiographical essay.

HSGA 8110 PROSEM: Church Law and Medieval Society
4 Credits(Mueller)(Call # 14194)Mondays 4:45-7:15
The course forms the second part of a two-semester pro-seminar/seminar sequence in which participants will be invited to formulate and pursue their own original research project in the field of medieval church law. Study questions may address a wide range of issues, including legal theory, judicial practice, and the uses and perceptions of ‘canonical justice’. The seminar offers a forum for the presentation, discussion, and refinement of each student’s scholarly work-in-progress, which should eventually result in a 30 to 50-page essay.

PHRG 5010 Introduction to St. Thomas
4 Credits(Davies)(Call # 13931)Mondays 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 turn to 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 philosophers, have had to say. The course will not presuppose any previous knowledge of Aquinas on the part of students.

PHGA 5012 Introduction to St. Augustine
3 Credits(Klima)(Call # 13932)Tuesdays 3:30-5:20
This seminar is going to provide a systematic survey of the main themes of St. Augustine’s philosophy and theology. Topics will include skepticism, faith and reason, divine illumination, divine ideas, time, eternity, and creation, the theology of the Holy Trinity, the nature of the soul, the freedom of the will and divine predestination, good and evil, original sin and divine grace, and human history as the history of salvation. The unifying theme of the discussions will be a synthetic account of St. Augustine’s Neoplatonic Christian anthropology, occasionally contrasted with St. Thomas Aquinas’ Aristotelian Christian anthropology.

PHGA 7070 An Enchanted World: Medieval Exemplarism
3 Credits (Cullen)(Call # 13939)Thursdays 1:30-3:20
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.

RSGA 6480 Christianizing the Barbarians
3 Credits(Demacoupolos)(Call # 13973)Mondays 1:00-3:00
The course examines the “Christianization” of pagan peoples (Roman, Germanic and Slavic) during the late ancient and medieval periods. We begin with two basic questions: What evidence is there for the “Christianization” 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: a five-page take-home midterm, a three-page article review and an article-length seminar paper.

CUNY Phil/ Med Stud 80500 Doctoral Consortium Course: Language, Logic and Metaphysics in Medieval Philosophy
3 credits(Klima) (Call#) Mondays 4:15-6:15 CUNY Graduate Center
No stage in the history of western thought is closer to current work on language, logic and attendant metaphysical questions than the 14th century. In their own way, figures such as Ockham and Buridan dealt with the same central questions that Frege, Russell, Quine, Davidson and Kripke have. We aspire to be part of the tradition in modern logic and its philosophy that takes cognizance of the history of philosophy and tries to discover and at times to absorb themes from an older tradition into a new one - transforming philosophers such as Ockham and Buridan into contemporaries. This tradition, as Arthur Prior put it, "contrives both to use modern techniques to bring out more clearly what the ancients were driving at, and to learn from the ancients useful ---- devices which the moderns have in general forgotten".

ITGA 5090 Italian for Reading
0 Credits(Perricone)(Call # TBA )Tuesdays 2:00-4:00
FRGA 5090French for Reading
0 Credits(Harris) (Call # 14263)Tuesdays 4:15-6:15

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