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Department of Global Humanities | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Summer 2024

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Certificate

This interdisciplinary program is devoted to the study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, its history, culture, and thought. Students may concentrate upon a specific period, topic, or figure, or upon the broader pre-modern period.

Units earned in a certificate may be applied to a bachelor's degree, and a major or minor
program, or the certificate may be completed as a stand-alone program. However, units applied to one certificate may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma.

Students may apply transfer credit of relevant course work to a maximum of 15 transfer units.

Admission Requirements

Students who apply to Simon Fraser University for admission are required to meet the normal admission requirements. Approval from the Department of Global Humanities advisor is required for entry to this program.

Minimum Grades

The program requires a minimum 2.0 grade point average, calculated on all courses that are applied toward the certificate, and that have been completed at Simon Fraser University. Duplicate courses are counted only once.

Program Requirements

With prior approval from the advisor, students may complete other relevant courses that do not appear in the following list. Students are responsible for fulfilling any of the following courses' prerequisites.

Students complete a minimum of 30 units, including at least three of

HIST 220 - Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe (3)

An introduction to the world of late Medieval and Renaissance Europe (c.1200-c.1500). Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 105 - Many Europes: Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern (3)

A study of the many diverse peoples, languages, and regions of the European continent from the origins of civilization until the mid-16th century. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 211 - Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the art and literature of the Italian Renaissance (c. 1300-c. 1500). Studies the major developments in Renaissance Italian painting, sculpture and architecture alongside some of the most influential texts of the period. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 219 - The Early Middle Ages (3)

An examination of Eastern and Western Christendom from Late Antiquity to the 12th-Century Renaissance emphasizing religious, political, cultural, and social change. Students who have taken HIST 219 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities. Equivalent Courses: HIST219. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 275 - From Alexander to the Caesars: The Hellenic and Roman Worlds to the End of Antiquity (3)

This overview of Near Eastern and Mediterranean history, from Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire to the rise of Christianity and the emergence of Islam, covers the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Byzantine Worlds and gives emphasis on the place of Hellenism in social, political, religious, and cultural life. Students with credit for HIST 275 or HS 275 may not take this course for further credit. Students who have taken HIST 308 or HS 308 first may not then take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

or HIST 275 - From Alexander to the Caesars: The Hellenistic and Roman Worlds to the End of Antiquity (4)

This is an overview of Near Eastern and Mediterranean history from Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire to early Byzantium and the rise of Islam that covers the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Byzantine Worlds with emphasis on the place of Hellenism in the social, political, religious and cultural life at the time. Students with credit for HUM 275 or HS 275 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

and two of

HIST 402 - Renaissance Italy (4)

An exploration of the history and historiography of the Renaissance Italy. Emphasis will be given to politics, religion, culture and the economy, and to a balanced study of the Italian peninsula, including Florence, Venice, Rome, Naples, the countryside and smaller urban centres. Prerequisite: 45 units including nine units of lower division history and one of HIST 220, 223, HUM 219, 305, 311, 312W or permission of the department.

HUM 305 - Medieval Studies (4)

A detailed interdisciplinary analysis of a selected topic, issue, or personality in the Middle Ages. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 311 - Italian Renaissance Humanism (4)

A study of the major writings, cultural milieu, and influence of the humanist movement of the Italian Renaissance. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 312W - Renaissance Studies (4)

A detailed interdisciplinary analysis of a selected topic, issue, or personality from the Italian and/or Northern Renaissance. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for HUM 312 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 340 - Great Cities in Their Time (4) *

An exploration of the cultural and intellectual accomplishments of a specific city that achieved prominence in a particular time period, and had substantial impact and influence on human civilization. Examines the political, social, religious, and cultural factors that help to explain a city's significance and investigates the achievements of its citizens. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shuyu Kong
TBD
D300 Sessional
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 1:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
HUM 349 - Rome after Rome: The Byzantine Middle Ages from the end of Antiquity to the Crusades (4)

The history of the Medieval Romans and their polity surveys the “other” Middle Ages. The course familiarizes students with the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Byzantium from the rise of the Caliphate in the seventh century to the Carolingians, the Crusades, the emergence of the Italian maritime republics and the ascent of the Seljuk Turks. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for HIST 308, HS 308, HIST 317, HS 317, HS 349 or HIST 349 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

or HIST 349 - Rome after Rome: The Byzantine Middle Ages from the end of Antiquity to the Crusades (4)

The history of the Medieval Romans and their polity surveys the “other” Middle Ages. The course familiarizes students with the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Byzantium from the rise of the Caliphate in the seventh century to the Carolingians, the Crusades, the emergence of the Italian maritime republics and the ascent of the Seljuk Turks. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. Students with credit for HIST/HS 308, HS/HIST 317, HUM 349 or HS 349 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 460 - Themes in Byzantine History (4)

Familiarizes the student with the core questions in the study of Medieval Roman (Byzantine) social, political, economic and intellectual life. Students will be exposed to the main primary sources available to the Byzantinist and will read articles and books by the most influential scholars in the field. Students may repeat this course once for further credit under a different topic. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for HS 460 or HIST 460 may take this course for credit only when a different topic is taught. Breadth-Humanities.

or HIST 460 - Themes in Byzantine History (4)

Familiarizes the student with the core questions in the study of Medieval Roman (Byzantine) social, political, economic and intellectual life. Students will be exposed to the main primary sources available to the Byzantinist and will read articles and books by the most influential scholars in the field. Students may repeat this course once for further credit under a different topic. Prerequisite: 45 units including six units of lower division history. Students with credit for HS 460 or HUM 460 may take this course for credit only when a different topic is taught. Breadth-Humanities.

and 13 units chosen from

ENGL 202 - The Environmental Imagination (3) *

Explores how literature and language imagine the natural world and engage with environmental and ecological crisis. Topics may include ecocriticism: eco-poetics; approaches to the natural world; local, imperial, and Indigenous ecologies. May be further organized by historical period or genre. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100-division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 204 - Reading Sexuality and Gender (3) *

Considers how sexuality and gender are articulated, understood, explored, and negotiated through literature and language. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100-division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicky Didicher
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D103 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D105 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D106 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D107 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
ENGL 209 - Race, Borders, Empire (3) *

Examines how literature and language work to reflect, perform, complicate, and critique constructions of race, ethnicity, and national and diasporic identities and spaces. May draw from post-colonial approaches, critical race theory, and Indigenous and decolonizing methodologies. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100-division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 210 - Reading and Writing Identities (3) *

Considers how identity - construed psychologically, culturally, or socially - is performed and interrogated through literature and language. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100-division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 211 - The Place of the Past (3) *

Examines literature and language within specific social, cultural, geographical, and textual environments to explore the mutually informing relationship between history and text. May be further organized by historical period, genre, or critical approach. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100-division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 213 - Reading Across Media (3) *

Explores texts in relation to their different material forms, including oral, manuscript, print, film, and digital media. May be further organized by methodology (e.g. book history, textual scholarship, media studies, adaptation studies, digital humanities), historical period, or genre. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100-division English course. Breadth-Humanities.

ENGL 300 - Old English (4)

The study of the basics of the Old English language and the reading of several texts of relative simplicity. Prerequisite: 30 units or two 200-division English courses.

ENGL 304 - The Medieval World (4)

Study of the foundational literatures of the pre-modern era, with particular attention to their rich multilingualism and their cultural and geographic diversity. May be organized around specific literary figures, themes, or topics. Texts may be studied in the original language (including Middle English) or in translation. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 30 units or two 200-division English courses.

ENGL 310 - Early Modern Words and Worlds (4)

Study of poetry, prose, and multimedia from the Early Modern period (c. 1500 – 1700). Topics may include Renaissance humanism, responses to the Reformation, the rise of print culture, period-specific shapes of gender, individual author studies, and other key topics. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 30 units or two 200-division English courses.

ENGL 312 - Shakespeare and the Stage: 1570-1642 (4)

Study of the dramatic works of William Shakespeare and other early modern English authors. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 30 units or two 200-division English courses.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Ronda Arab
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, Thu, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
FREN 341 - Survey of French Literature to 1600 (3) *

Survey of works, themes, or movements in French Literature from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Prerequisite: FREN 245 or 230 or 240.

HIST 249 - Classical Islamic Civilization (3)

This course offers a broad survey of the development of classical Islamic civilization. It begins with an examination of the origins of Islam in seventh century Arabia and concludes with the break-up of the Abbasid Caliphate of Baghdad in the 13th century. Emphasis will be place on gaining an understanding of the doctrines of Islam, the significance of the rise and fall of the early Arab-Islamic empires, and the role of Islam in world history. Breadth-Humanities.

HIST 288 - History of Christianity to 1500 (3)

A survey of the history of Christianity from its origins to 1500. Breadth-Humanities. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 101W - Introduction to Global Humanities (3)

An introduction to issues and concepts central to the study of the humanities around the world. Through exposure to primary materials drawn from different periods, disciplines, and regions, students will become acquainted with a range of topics and ideas relating to the study of human values and human experience. Students with credit for HUM 101 may not take this course for further credit. Writing/Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D900 Sessional
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Surrey
D901 Sessional
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Surrey
D902 Sessional
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Surrey
HUM 161 - Latin I (3)

An introduction to the Latin language.

HUM 162 - Latin II (3)

The continuation of Latin I. Prerequisite: HUM 161 or permission of the instructor.

* when topics are appropriate; consult with the advisor