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Medieval Studies Summer Courses

Classes listed as "online" during Session I or II will meet synchronously online during a portion of their scheduled meeting times with additional coursework to be completed asynchronously. Session III online courses are all asynchronous (exceptions are noted in course descriptions).

Hybrid courses will meet in person on campus; however, the university will continue to implement the Flexible Hybrid Learning Environment to keep the community safe and allow for the possibility of remote attendance as necessary.

Fordham students please check courses in for the most accurate Attribute listings.

MVST 4010 R11 - Medieval Franciscans and the Dream of a Just Economy
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Online: MTWTh, 1-4 p.m.

The medieval Franciscan Order struggled continually to define what poverty meant. This definition impacted them internally, as an order dedicated to renouncing property personally and collectively, but also had implications for the world around them in their capacity as preachers, confessors, and spiritual advisers. In struggling with these questions they became, as Giacomo Todeschini called them, “professionals of poverty,” experts in discerning the true value of things and arbiters of proper economic behavior; some have even gone so far as to claim that they invented capitalism avant la lettre. While this has been strenuously (and rightly) contested, Franciscans provide a useful lens through which to examine the relationship between religion, especially activist religion, and the economy; between economic theory and its sometimes messy practice. By drawing on texts from the medieval Franciscan order (c. 1220-1517) on a variety of economic problems (especially: trust, contracts, and the just price; theories of interest, condemnations of usury, the ethics of lending, and the obligation to restitution; concerns about consumer society and the proper uses of wealth) supplemented by secondary readings in theology and economics, this course explores the nature of ethically and religiously motivated intervention in the realm of economic activity, and the responsibilities of consumers, producers, and other economic actors to act ethically, which echo down to the present day. Fulfills the EP2 requirement in Fordham's core curriculum.

CRN: 12997
Instructor: Bruno
4 credits

MVST 5311 R11 - Arthurian Literature
Session I, June 1 - July 1, 2021
Hybrid, Rose Hill: TTh, 1-4 p.m.

Graduate course. Readings will include excerpts from Geoffrey of Monmouth, Wace and Layamon on the origins of the idea of Arthur. Later we will read Chretien De Troyes Lancelot (The Knight of the Cart), part of the Alliterative Morte Arthure, and the conclusion to Thomas Malory's Le Morte Arthur. 

CRN: 12996
Instructor: Hafner
4 credits