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ME3162 The Mediaeval Castle

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

This module surveys the architectural development of mediaeval castles in Western Europe and the Near East from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries. About half the time is devoted to castles in the British Isles and the other to selected areas elsewhere, notably France, Spain, the Baltic lands and the Crusader Levant. The emphasis will be on archaeological and architectural history and the role of the castle in war and peace.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Ancient History & Archaeology, History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology, Mediaeval Studies, Middle East Studies and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002 OR 60 credits from AN1002, AN2002, AN2003, CL2004
UG Anti-requisite(s):ME3411

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 280

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 15%
  • Coursework: 85%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr A D Stewart
Module teaching staff:Dr A D Stewart