HIST303 Witch Hunting, 1400-1700

Updated: 10 December 2019
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2020
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Non-Mandatory Dates to be advised. (Only when available in Trimester 3) Both on campus and online students are strongly encouraged to attend the intensive school. This will involve an entire trimesters program of lectures, tutorials and workshops.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in ANCH or HINQ or HIST or RELS or any 24cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None

(Only when available in Trimester 3) Both on campus and online students are encouraged to attend the intensive school which will cover the entire trimesters work. This will involve face-to-face lectures and tutorials.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Thomas Fudge (tfudge@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Witchcraft is a cognitive construct useful for understanding and interpreting the European later Middle Ages. Witchcraft was an idea which shaped reality and a reality which formed ideas. In their struggle to establish social order, ecclesiastical and secular authorities invented and then sought to repress witches. This unit aims at an analysis of the invention of witchcraft, its subsequent regulation, detection, prosecution, and the punishment of early modern Europe's most alarming miscreants, based upon the surviving documents. The study of witchcraft in its historical context involves considerations of sex, demonology, theology and law. The unit will introduce students to the documentary evidence for the phenomenon of witchcraft in its several dimensions, placing stress upon the use and interpretation of those primary sources, analysis and contextual functions.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate critical, historical and reflective thinking;
  2. demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the historiography of witchcraft in Europe in the later middle ages;
  3. analyse primary source documents and present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas;
  4. discriminate amongst the crucial developments in the evolution of witchcraft and demonstrate an understanding of the topic as an historical issue in the sense of seeing witch hunting as a cognitive construct for understanding medieval Europe;
  5. apply critical thinking skills and an understanding of historical events, persons and ideas to explain their significance in the development of witch hunting; and
  6. apply well developed cognitive skills and judgement to compare the early modern phenomenon with the modern world: ie McCarthyism, the post-9/11 world, and the 'war on terror'.