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Medieval Studies in Leiden

Medieval Studies in the BA programme at Leiden University

Students interested in pursuing courses in Medieval Studies at the undergraduate level at Leiden University can follow the minor programme 'De Middeleeuwen en de vroegmoderne tijd'; this minor consists of three mandatory courses (worth 15 EC) and a selections of other tracks (each 15 EC). You can find more information about the minor 'De Middeleeuwen en de vroegmoderne tijd' in the e-Prospectus.

Medieval Studies in the MA programme at Leiden University

Whichever Master’s programme you pursue at Leiden, you can choose from a variety of elective optionsand this will allow you to give your MA programme a medieval twist. Since 2017, the Leiden MA programme offers two options for specialisation: 'Medieval Studies' and 'Early Modern Studies' (more info here).

MA Core Course Medieval Studies and Early Modern Studies

The core course ‘Medieval Studies and Early Modern Studies’ will be led by a diverse group of Leiden researchers The courses begin together, taking up the crucial question: what is the extent of the traditional distinction between the Middle Ages and the Early Modern period? To answer this question, this section of the courses focuses on writers, artists, scientists, philosophers and rulers who lived between 500 and 1800.  As such, students  will explore what shifts are discernible in this period and whether there really was a fracture around 1500—traditionally seen as the peak of the Renaissance. During the first six weeks, students, led by two lecturers, will question this traditional periodisation from an interdisciplinary perspective, looking at innovation in the Middle Ages and tradition in the Early Modern period. In the second part of the semester, the medievalists and early modernists separate to pursue seminars that go in-depth into their chosen area of study. As such, this core course forms the starting point for the new MA options in Medieval Studies and Early Modern Studies. More information about the core course can be found in the e-Prospectus.

The core course is listed as part of the curriculum of the following MA programmes:

  • MA Arts and Culture: Research + Art and Architecture before 1800
  • MA Classics and Ancient Civilizations: All sub-programmes
  • MA History: Europe 1000-1800
  • MA Literary Studies: All sub-programmes, except Literature and Society
  • MA Neerlandistiek: Oudere Nederlandse letterkunde

N.B. For all other MA programmes, the core course will be available as an ‘elective’

MA electives in Medieval Studies and Early Modern Studies at Leiden University

N.B. Additional admission requirements may apply, see the e-Prospectus for more info and availability. The courses listed below are for the academic year 2017/2018.

MA Arts and Culture: Art and Architecture before 1800:

  • Cultural transfer: Artists and Architects on the Move (1500-1800) (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • The Visual and Material Culture of Exchange in Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Heavenly and earthly love in the Art and Literature of the Middle Ages from 1100 tot 1500 (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • The Materiality of Art: discourses on studio practice (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Arts and Culture (Research):

  • Cultural transfer: Artists and Architects on the Move (1500-1800) (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • The Visual and Material Culture of Exchange in Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Heavenly and earthly love in the Art and Literature of the Middle Ages from 1100 tot 1500 (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Asian Studies:

  • The Visual and Material Culture of Exchange in Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Material Culture, Memory and Commemoration along the Silk Roads in Central Asia (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Culture and Conquest: the Impact of the Mongols and their Descendants (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Classics:

  • Reading Neo-Latin Literature. Occasion and Intertext (10 EC, sem. 1)

MA History: Europe 1000-1800:

  • Current Debates in Medieval and Early Modern History I (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • The Body Politic in Late Medieval Society (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • The Wars of Religion in a transnational context: 1550-1650 (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Current Debates in Medieval and Early Modern History II (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • International Relations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Literary Studies: English Literature and Culture:

  • Editing Medieval English Texts: The Leiden Lydgate Project (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • The Medieval in Middle-Earth: J. R. R. Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon World (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • The Comic Spirit: Shakespeare’s Comedies and Classic Hollywood Comedy (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Books and Readers in Medieval England (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • With Dangers Compast Round: Paradise Lost in Context (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Long-Distance Romance: la transmission du roman courtois medieval (10 EC, sem. 2)

MasterLanguage: Engels: (for MasterLanguage courses see www.masterlanguage.nl)

  • State of the Art II: King Arthur, a Medieval Legend on the Borders of English Literature (10 EC, sem. 2, taught in Leiden)

MA Literary Studies: French Literature and Culture:

  • Fables et contes de fées aux 16e et 17e siècles (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Long-Distance Romance: la transmission du roman courtois medieval (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Literary Studies: German Literature and Culture:

  • Abschiede und andere Liebesgedichte (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Literary Studies: Italian Literature and Culture:

  • Niccolò Machiavelli (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Literary Studies (Research):

  • Heavenly and earthly love in the Art and Literature of the Middle Ages from 1100 tot 1500 (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • The guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Middle Eastern Studies:

  • History and Culture of the Ottoman Empire (1500-1900) (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Themes in Arabic Literature: Bandits and Outlaws, Fact and Fiction (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Material Culture, Memory and Commemoration along the Silk Roads in Central Asia (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Culture and Conquest: the Impact of the Mongols and their Descendants (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Culture and Society in the Medieval Muslim World (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Neerlandistiek: Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde:

  • Literaire loopbanen. Auteurschap in de Nederlandse literatuur tot 1600 (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Nederlandse literatuur in handschrift en druk tot 1600 (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Vertaalwetenschap (mediëvistische/vroegmoderne invulling mogelijk) (10 EC, sem. 2)

MasterLanguage: Nederlands: (for MasterLanguage courses see www.masterlanguage.nl)

  • Theater in beweging (5/10 EC, sem. 1, taught in Utrecht, Leiden and Amsterdam)