The Middle Ages

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The Middle Ages
Humanities Course
Course CodeMIDA
Year Opened1995*-2016
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (1996):

Students in this course study the Middle Ages in several contexts. The course incorporates a rich variety of medieval literature ranging from excerpts from Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales to French vernacular fables and Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. Students become familiar with characteristics of Gothic architecture, in particular the treasures of cathedrals and castles from Constantinople to Chartres. In addition to studying the literature of the period, students use the legacy of art to trace the social, political, and religious character of the period. For example, students explore the growth of the city and its effect on medieval society.

Students complete both individual and group projects. Such projects could range from reports on medieval inventions to making a paper model of a stained glass window. Field trips to art museums are planned for this course.