HST214 Medieval World (8)

Medieval World looks at the history of Europe and the Mediterranean from the 8th to the 15th centuries. The subject includes studies of church and state, of heresy and dissident movements, class structures, the crusades, the black death, economic development and urbanisation, the medieval arts and literature, and representations of the medieval world in our own time. This subject offers students the opportunity to study a distant but fascinating world, which is still the foundation of much of our culture.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HST214. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

There are no enrolment restrictions.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to be at the level of second year of the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching degree.

This implies that they have acquired foundation skills in academic literacy, use of library resources, and the creation of written texts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate an awareness of the influence of the Medieval Era on the modern world.
  • Be able to interpret historical documents across time
  • Be able to describe and write about events from varied perspectives
  • Be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the symbols and arts of premodern European culture


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Out of the Dark Ages: the dawning of the medieval era
  • From the North, Vikings
  • Church and Faith
  • Economy and Society
  • Medieval Women
  • Heresy and the Inquisition
  • Black Death: plague and depopulation
  • Jerusalem: Holy City and the Crusades
  • Medieval Artists, Writers and Builders
  • Representations of the Medieval World


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.