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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 2018/2019.

MA Archaeology:

  • Mobility and Exchange in the Americas Across 1492 (5 EC, sem. 1)

(Res) MA Arts and Culture: Art and Architecture before 1800:

  • Renaissance Art and Textile (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Early Modern Cultures of Collecting (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • East-west, south-north, on cultural exchange from 700 to 1800 (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Beyond Art: The Grotesque and the Auricular (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • The Visual and Material Culture of Exchange in Asia and Europe, 1500-1800 (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Asian Studies:

  • Culture and Conquest: The Impact of the Mongols and their Descendants (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Classics:

  • Classical reception in Florence in het 15th century: historiography, exempla, typology (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA History: Europe 1000-1800:

  • Current Debates in Medieval and Early Modern History I (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Dynasties in the Medieval and Early Modern World (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Maritime Conflict Management around Europe, 1200-1600 (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Current Debates in Medieval and Early Modern History II (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Maritime Conflict Management around Europe, 1200-1600 (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Epidemics and development in the age of the Second Plague Pandemic, 14th-17th centuries (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Circulation of People, Commodities and Ideas in the Indian Ocean World (1500-1800) (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Culture and Conquest: The Impact of the Mongols and their Descendants (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Literary Studies: English Literature and Culture:

  • Beowulf and Beyond: Heroes in Early Medieval England (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Long-Distance Romance: la transmission du roman courtois medieval (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • With Dangers Compast Round: Paradise Lost in Context (10 EC, sem. 2)

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

  • State of the Art: Holy Heroes: Saint’s Lives in Early Medieval England (5/10 EC, sem. 2, taught in Leiden)

MA Literary Studies: French Literature and Culture:

  • Long-Distance Romance: la transmission du roman courtois medieval (10 EC, sem. 1)

MA Literary Studies: German Literature and Culture:

  • Nachrichten aus der ganzen Welt: Zeitungsjournalismus vom 17. bis zum 20. Jahrhundert (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Literatur und Buchmarkt: 15. bis 18. Jahrhundert (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Literary Studies: Italian Literature and Culture:

  • Niccolò Machiavelli (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Literary Studies (Research):

  • See electives of various tracks of the MA Literary Studies

MA Middle Eastern Studies:

  • From Inkwell to Internet: Text and Transmission in the Muslim World (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Material Culture, Memory and Commemoration along the Silk Roads in Central Asia (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Culture and Society in the Medieval Muslim World (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Culture and Conquest: The Impact of the Mongols and their Descendants (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • History and Culture of the Ottoman Empire (1500-1900) (10 EC, sem. 2)

MA Neerlandistiek: Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde:

  • Nederlandse dialogen van de dertiende eeuw tot nu; geschiedenis en gebruik (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Historische letterkunde in het onderwijs - Theater in beweging (10 EC, sem. 1)
  • Het idee van ordening: lijsten, opsommingen en collecties in literatuur en kunst tot 1800 (10 EC, sem. 2)
  • Vertaalwetenschap (10 EC, sem. 2; met o.a. aandacht voor middeleeuwse vertaalopvattingen en aan het vertalen van teksten uit oudere taalfasen naar het heden)

MA Russian and Eurasian Studies

  • Old Church Slavic Language and Culture (10 EC, sem. 2)