At the Cutting Edge: Medieval Warfare and Weaponry
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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A series of lectures and interactive classes looking at the history of weapons and the art of death in the Middle Ages. The class will have an opportunity to try on armour and examine weaponry of the period, as well as investigating fashions, innovations and technological advances.
1. Roman Twilight: The end of empire and the beginning of the medieval period
2. The changing face of war: Barbarians on horseback
3. The impact of the Church
4. The Crusades: change and innovation
5. Missile Power: High-tech weaponry
6. Armour and defence: update and upgrade
7. The damage, Weapons and body impact
8. Social Upheaval: the warbow and the changing face of warfare
9. Grim Reaper: The archaeology of Death
10. Gunpowder: End of an age
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge is assumed.
Learning and Teaching
There will be a mixture of short lectures and discussion, the precise proportion to be determined by the needs of the students enrolled. Also we will discuss case-studies, including visual sources and source criticism. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course. Intellectual skills will be encouraged through participation in class discussion, reading and coursework.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations. You may write an essay or other equivalent written assignments (such as a portfolio of shorter written exercises) to a total of 1500 words, demonstrating an understanding of core elements of the course material.
Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
- Carey, Allfree and Cairns, Warfare in the medieval period (Pen and Sword Military, 2011)
- P. Contamine, War in the middle ages (London, 1985)
- J.F. Verbruggen, The art of warfare in Western Europe (Woodbridge, 1997)
- M. Prestwich, Armies and warfare in the middle ages: the English experience (London, 1996)
- R.C. Smail, Crusading warfare (Cambridge, 1989)
- K. DeVries, Medieval military technology (Ontario, 1992)
- M. Strickland, War and chivalry (Cambridge, 1996)
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.