Module Catalogue 2021/22

HCA1003 : Gods, Gold, and Silk: Global Middle Ages (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Christina Mobley
  • Lecturer: Dr Sophie Moore, Dr Nicola Clarke, Dr Philip Garrett, Dr Willow Berridge, Dr Scott Ashley, Dr James Gerrard
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



This module seeks to provide a global framework for understanding the Middle Ages, defined broadly from 500CE-1500CE. By privileging networks of circulation of people, goods, and ideas, this module stresses the interconnection of the global past. This module will introduce students to interdisciplinary methodologies that will allow them to recover the past of people and places for whom we have few or no written documents. Drawing on expertise from across the school of HCA, methodologies will include object analysis, textual analysis, climatology and ecology. Instructors will model how to understand the local history of the global through a series of specialist case studies. These illustrate the benefit of the global as an analytical framework by tracing how communities in seemingly disparate parts of the world understood and consumed global ideas and goods. By encouraging them to examine the past from a variety of perspectives, this module invites students to see familiar places in a new light and unfamiliar places as more central than previously understood.

The module aims are
•       To introduce students to the emerging discipline of the Global Middle Ages.
•       To introduce students to interdisciplinary methodologies used to recover the past.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module may include the following large themes, with specific case studies dependent on research lead teaching.

Networks of trade and exchange
Networks of knowledge
Empires and complex societies
Dark Ages

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Students are intended to complete the course with a clearer understanding of Global history as an analytical framework that is more than the sum of its parts. Students will demonstrate the ability to triangulate between multidisciplinary methodologies to recover the experiences and ideas of people who were traditionally marginalized in the study of the past. Students will be able to critically evaluate ideas and concepts introduced in the module, and construct their own arguments based on the critical use of evidence.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Through scaffolded written assignments, students will develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Part of student contact hours
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion661:0066:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading651:0065:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities361:0036:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Our teaching strategy is based on a flipped classroom. Students are expected to come to class having completed the assigned reading in order to fully participate in active learning, lead by in-classroom activities. Seminars are spaces for students to workshop specific case studies, developing the competencies in the multidisciplinary methodologies and analytical skills targeted in the module aims.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M351000 words
Essay2A652000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2M500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Informed by pedagogical research, this course adopts an outcome based assessment model. In order to ensure accessibility to socially and neurologically diverse student population, this course uses scaffolded written assignments to build critical writing skills, facility with the material and historical research.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2021/22 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2022/23 entry will be published here in early-April 2022. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.