Medieval Sermons and the Study of History, 7.5 credits

About the education

The course deals with issues related to the use of medieval sermons as historical sources. It examines the sermon as a literary genre, as a mode of communication, and as an activity that creates a sense of community. The course gives an overview of the development of the sermon from the Late Antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages. Significant emphasis is given to the methodological aspects and challenges that arise from using this type of material as primary source in historical research. During the course we will cover a variety of topics, including: the history of the sermon before and after the Fourth Lateran Council; the relationship between preaching and social order; sermons as written genre vs. oral delivery and performance; the role of the sermon on specific religious, social, and political occasions. We will read a mix of primary texts (in translation) and secondary sources.

Subject: History

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Area of interest: Arts and Humanities

How are different cultures created and how do they affect us? Arts and Humanities is an area of interest that includes a wide variety of subjects such as Archaeology, Philosophy, History, Religion, Ethnology, Literature, and Theatre and Performance Studies. In one way or another these subjects are an expression of how culture affects human beings and society. As a student you will improve your analytical skills and learn to identify different lines of development, often in an interdisciplinary context.

Studies within Arts and Humanities give you broad general competence that is very useful in the job market, where autonomy, analytical and communication skills are in great demand.

Department responsible for education

Department of History