What is the course about?
This interactive lecture-based course examines the changes and achievements across England and Europe during
the earlier medieval period. We consider the cultural, political, and religious environment in which was changing
during the time of Bede.
What will we cover?
The changing intellectual and trading environment of early medieval Europe; the contribution each of our subjects
made to their own social, political, religious and cultural environment; the impact of our subjects’ lives on the
subsequent development of their people.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course, you should be able to identify significant social, intellectual, and political changes which
took place in the six centuries we cover in our course; to explain how and why each of the people introduced and
discussed made a difference to the society in which they lived.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and no previous knowledge is required, although there will be some recommended
reading. Books should be available from a library, although you might wish to buy a particular text if you wish to
explore a topic further. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to
listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Most sessions involve the tutor presenting prepared talk or lecture. These are illustrated with slides. There is ample
opportunity for questions and discussion. As the course progresses you may wish to review an aspect of our
course to the group, but this is not a requirement. Detailed notes and bibliographies, with suggested topics for
further enquiry, are provided for most sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Although there is no requirement to buy anything, you might wish to buy a book or make a visit following a recommendation. These costs are not covered by the course fee.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Further courses on British and European history can be found at the City Lit website: www.citylit.ac.uk.