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HIST1191 Pandemic, Famine, War and Popular Revolt: The Apocalyptic Fourteenth Century

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • To introduce you to key themes in the social, economic, political and religious history of fourteenth-century Europe
  • To enable you to gain a critical understanding of scholarly debates on aspects of fourteenth-century European history
  • To familiarise you with and enable you to evaluate a range of primary sources on fourteenth-century European history


This introduces students to later medieval European history focussing on one century that displays striking parallels with the present, especially environmental catastrophe, global pandemic, and popular protest. It explores four main themes: • The Great Northern European Famine and the ‘Black Death’ (and their social and economic consequences) • Warfare in France and the Mediterranean • Popular Revolt, especially the English Revolt of 1381 • Crisis in religion (heresy; challenges to papal power) It therefore provides a rounded overview of social, economic, political and religious history and will explore interconnections between its four themes to show how these different aspects of history are inter-related.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The current intention is to deliver teaching for this module online. If circumstances allow, some form of blended delivery methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops, or individual tutorials may be introduced if it is safe for all concerned to do so. However, delivery will remain entirely online if face to face teaching is not possible or advisable.

Independent Study276
Total study time300



MethodPercentage contribution
Timed Assignment 50%
Written assignment 50%
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