HIST 391

The Crusades: Origins and Global Perspectives

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective January 12, 2009 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

Lasting from c. 1095 until the sixteenth century, the crusades had an impact on late medieval and early modern Europe and world history. Taking many forms and reaching many places, the crusades reflected and affected great change all over Europe, from the papacy to the Holy Land, Spain, and central Europe and the Baltic regions. They also reflected changing perceptions of many peoples in relation to each other, especially of Europeans in relationship to eastern Christians, Muslims, Jews, and "heretics." This course examines the crusades in their historical context and the historical debate surrounding them.

Prerequisites

Learning outcomes

General

  • Acquires familiarity with the main themes and events of the crusades, as outlined in the course description, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Can practice critical and analytical skills on historical theories, controversies, and debates as well as on primary sources, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Understands and is able to explain the historical significance of both primary and secondary sources, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.
  • Acquires and improves writing and communication skills by submitting essays that require the organization, analysis, synthesis, and explanation of historical facts and original argumentation, consistent with the analytical and expressive complexity and sophistication that are distinctively characteristic of upper-division courses completed at a comprehensive university.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.