SMC 175 L09.11 - Intro

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St. Michael's College Courses
Jennifer Harris

SMC 175 – M EDIEVALCIVILIZATION J. HARRIS L ECTURE1 – 09/11/12 - Why do we study the past? o So to not repeat history o Learn from it (mistakes)  Track progress of humankind, how culture and “we” developed through time  Change o Understand our present o Detect patterns to help plan future o Self-fulfillment - “Progress”– thinking things will get “better” and that mankind is moving towards its fulfillment, the apex of its being – is a myth ~ things are the way they are. - “Middle Ages” = Cultural Sag, according to scholars o Because it is the period between the 1 and 2 coming of Jesus, according to medieval scholars - Progress was not in the minds of Middle Age people - Present is being distanced from the past as it broadens out o Makes the past easier to deny, to disagree with, making it more important to study the past - War of 1812 commercial by the gov’t of Canada during the 2012 Olympics o Glorification of war, ultra-nationalistic, “equal” treatment of Native and French people, and “Canada” as existing (it was still BNA then) o Promotes an agenda for sure o Inaccurate details about the characters depicted – they all never met/at the same place o May have something to do with national sovereignty as more resources are uncovered up north - What are we looking for in the past? o The “truth” o How, why, what (really) happened ~ ends up with what we think happened - Never knowing something with certainty should not discourage one from trying SYLLABUS discussion - Evaluation includes: o Critical summary – Brown article on Feudalism (due 10/16, 30)  300 +/- 10% (270-330) words about the argument, strengths and weaknesses or it, and what it tells us about medieval studies o Research Hypothesis  Defining a research question  Describing 3 approaches to this question  Preliminary bibliography (primary and secondary sources) o Research Proposal  Arising from the hypothesis  One approach to answering question  Outline of argument  Annotated bibliography o Reading Quizzes  Done every week  Released at noon after class, closes at 10am before next class  10 questions, MC  Can be repeated as many times until you answer all 10 correctly, but each test is time-limited (1h)  Done on Portal, and graded automatically o Tutorial  Assignment focused  Read and prepare  Attend and ask questions  Discuss own assignment o Final Exam  3h, handwritten, 35%  Map quiz ~ maps will be posted up on Portal  ID and discuss key people, places, events  Choice essay question
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