HIST309 Heretics and Dissenters in Medieval Europe, 1000-1500

Updated: 29 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering Not offered in 2019
Intensive School(s)

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

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Non-Mandatory (Only when offered 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 a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
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

Heresy was considered a crime threatening the medieval moral universe. Between 1000 and 1500 religious and social dissent increased. Some heretics were considered so dangerous to social stability that authorities implemented policies of crusade, inquisition and burning at the stake to contain the threat. This unit examines dissenters in context, situates them historiographically, investigates origins, beliefs and practices, and delineates influence. Who became medieval heretics and dissenters and why? Why was dissent considered so problematic and why did authorities fail to counter that problem effectively? The unit will focus on movements such as Cathars, Templars, Lollards, Waldensians, Strigolniks and Hussites, their repression and lasting significance.

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.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 60% 3000
Assessment Notes


Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Final Examination 40% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

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 heretics and dissenters in medieval Europe;
  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 heresy and dissent and demonstrate an understanding of the topic as an historical issue in the sense of seeing heresy 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 heresy and dissent; and
  6. apply well developed cognitive skills and judgement to draw useful comparisons to modern freedom of speech issues and the invention of modern terrorists.