Culture and Religion Themes – the Middle Ages
Cod: 31122
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit provides students with the opportunity to study, work and think about some of the themes and issues that marked and defined the Religion and Culture of the Middle Ages.
The study of the four themes proposed offers them the understanding and internalization of some of the great structural lines of the medieval mentality and cultural categories that medieval man had to face, whether in daily life or in more specific situations. By introducing the religious dimension within the the cultural and political context deserves a comprehensive and multishaped approach.

Middle Ages
Religion and Culture

• Mastering the taught contents and matters;
• Analysing, interpreting and synthesizing data, themes and issues related to medieval Culture and Religion;
• Understanding the historical facts and processes involved in the taught themes and their association with wider matters.

Theme 1. Sanctity in Medieval Occident: form and evolution
Theme 2. Living in the Middle Ages
Theme 3. Heresy  in Middle Ages
Theme 4.The Women: a subject in analysis

ARIÈS, Philippe. Sobre a História da Morte no Ocidente desde a Idade Média. Lisboa: Teorema, 1989
GUREVITCH, Aaron, As Categorias da cultura Medieval, Lisboa: Caminho, 1989
LE GOFF, Jacques. (Org.) O Homem Medieval. Lisboa: Editorial Estampa, 1989
MITRE, Emílio, Sociedad y Herejía en el Ocidente Medieval: Madrid, ed. Zero, 1972
VAUCHEZ, André, A Espiritualidade da Idade Média Ocidental (séc. VIII-XIII), Lisboa: Estampa, 1995
Complementary readings:
During the semester other bibliography will be displayed online at the course unit webpage

Online learning with continuous supervision favoring asynchronous communication (Moodle platform).
Students have to perform the tasks requested by the teacher: essays, critical recensions, reports, protocols, etc. All works will be evaluated and/or classified.

Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.