The Minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies requires students to complete two core courses intended to provide them with an interdisciplinary foundation for further study. The instructors and topics explored will change from year to year, but are intended to dovetail with other courses offered in the field at Carleton. In 2017-2018, Marc Saurette is teaching MEMS 2001 (Fall) and Eric Stephenson is teaching MEMS 3001 (Winter).
Discovering the Medieval and Early Modern Past
This course invites students to the study of the Middle Ages and Early Modern period. Organized thematically around select topics, this course asks students to question pre-conceived ideas of the medieval and early modern world and to deepen their knowledge through an interdisciplinary study of medieval and early-modern evidence. Students will study a range of literary and historical texts, art, music, and multimedia as well as architecture. Lectures three hours a week. No prerequisites.
Researching the Medieval and Early Modern Past
This course provides a practical introduction to the disciplines of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Organized thematically around four core topics, the course builds on the material studied in MEMS 2001, with the goal of providing students additional means to engage in critical analysis. In this course, students continue to deepen their knowledge of the four core topics through further study of the medieval and early modern evidence, while also learning how academics in diverse fields conduct their research (art and architectural history, literature, history, philosophy, religion). By the end of the class, students will have been exposed to the resources available to them to engage in primary research through resources online (key bibliographic databases, new digitized tools and repositories) and at the many universities (Carleton, the University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, Dominican University College) and institutions (Library and Archives Canada, National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Civilization, National Currency Museum) in Ottawa. Students will have received a general introduction to such practical disciplines as – for example – paleography, codicology, numismatics, and archaeology as well as the theories and methods of literary, historical, musicological and artistic analysis, as pertaining to the time period. While conceived as a general introduction to Medieval and Early Modern Studies, the exact topics and themes will be determined by each instructor. This course is designed, in part, to encourage students to engage in subsequent research in the field, such as in fourth-year seminars and by taking advantage of the undergraduate thesis options in select departments. Lectures three hours a week. Prerequisite: MEMS 2001 or permission of the program coordinator.