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ME3427 Nature and the Occult in the Late Middle Ages

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

This module explores how late medieval European society understood its place in the universe. From the twelfth century onwards, Latin Christendom achieved advances in a number of areas of learning, partly as a result of increased contact with Arab and Greek knowledge. Students will examine developments in areas such as geography, natural philosophy, astronomy, and medicine, as well as looking at various occult practices such as magic, alchemy, and necromancy. The subjects touch upon what was the often blurry divide between categories such as natural and supernatural, magic and science, reason and faith, and licit and illicit.

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: 10%
  • Coursework: 30%
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 A Del Campo
Module teaching staff:Dr A Del Campo