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.


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  • Be able to interpret historical documents across time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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HST214 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Book review-essay
Research project-essay

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.