The Rise and Fall of the Moorish and Islamic Empire
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 10 Credits.
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This course explores the social, political and economic development of the Moors. It examines the origin and development of the word ‘Moor’, the African power structures before the rise of Islam in the 7th century, through to the decline of Moorish rule and the rise of the first European nation state in the 15th century. The course will increase our knowledge about the civilisational expansion of the Moors and will help us to better understand how the growth in scientific inquiry gave birth to what we would now call the Renaissance and the Enlightenment as well as public education and libraries.
- Session 1: The Sociology of High Culture, Aesthetics and Civilisation.
- Session 2: Introducing the Moors: Ethnicity, Clans, Race, Tribes, and Nations.
- Session 3: The Commercial Enterprises the Moors had with Europe
- Session 4: The Umayyad Dynasty in Al Andulus and the Abbasids of Baghdad
- Session 5: The Almoravides and their Empire of the Two Shores (Africa & Iberia)
- Session 6: The Almohades Courts and their Puritanical Expansion
- Session 7: The Splendour of Moorish Culture in Architecture and City Design
- Session 8: The Cities of Knowledge and the Scholastical Brilliance of Erudites
- Session 9: Ibn Khaldun’s works on: Sociology, Economics and Social History
- Session 10: The Decline of Moorish Rule and the Rise of European Nation States
Who is this course for?
Anyone with an interest in the subject and who wishes to deepen understanding of the broad themes and developments considered in the course through the analysis of historical sources. No previous knowledge is assumed.
Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching are undertaken by means of small group work. This is a 10-credit course, so there will be two-hour meetings once a week (20 contact hours in all) which will include group discussion, exercises, source analysis and presentation of material on PowerPoint and/or DVD. The aim is ensure that the classes are enjoyable and stimulating for all. This will encourage the development of knowledge and understanding of the topics and ideas discussed in the course.
Coursework and Assessment
Assessment will be through coursework. This may take the form of either one 1500-word essay or a number of shorter written pieces totalling approximately 1500 words, or, with discussion with the tutor, an oral presentation. Coursework will allow a student to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the central concepts of the philosophers discussed; also to display their intellectual, discipline-specific and transferable skills.
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.
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.
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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.