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ME3231 Mediaeval Apocalyptic Traditions 400 - 1200

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

This module explores the influence of apocalyptic thought on European history in the Middle Ages. It focuses on the different groups who proclaimed or denied the imminence of the end of time, examining their importance for political, social and cultural changes across the period. Apocalyptic thought will also be studied as a response to crisis, particularly in times of invasion or political fragmentation. The module will draw on a range of primary literary and artistic sources to help evaluate modern debates on the significance of apocalypicisim in the Middle Ages.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


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

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002

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: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 13%
  • Coursework: 27%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J Palmer
Module teaching staff:Dr J Palmer