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ME3425 The Age of Revolt (1250 - 1450)

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

This module focuses on rebellions, revolts, and social movements in Western and Central Europe during the long fourteenth century, a period characterised as the 'golden age of revolt'. During this period, there were dozens - perhaps even hundreds - of uprising in both towns and countryside, which challenged the established order and which led to social and political changes that would endure through the early modern period. Focusing on specific rebellions, the module will examine the economic, political, and cultural causes of revolt. Topics to be considered include identity and deviance, theories of resistance, and discourses of power.

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: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 20%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 80%
UG As used by St Andrews:1-hour Written Examination (Class Test) = 20%, Coursework = 80%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr J M Firnhaber-Baker
Module teaching staff:Dr J M Firnhaber-Baker