IDE2023 – Medieval intellectual history

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Course content

The course provides insight into European intellectual history in the Middle Ages, based on readings of both primary and secondary sources.

To further a deeper understanding of the medieval period, the course offers a critical approach to some selected medieval topics, including the relationship between philosophy and theology, Christian hegemony versus cultural plurality, and popular culture versus elite culture. Also to be considered are perspectives on reception, including the question of the continuity and use of Antiquity in the Middle Ages as well as perceptions of the medieval period in retrospect.

Learning outcome

From the course the candidate is expected to develop:

  • Ability to assess and communicate central features in medieval intellectual history
  • Insight into a specialized area of Research
  • A general understanding of the role of various writers and traditions in the medieval period
  • Skills in reading and ascertaining relatively challenging texts and contextualizing them within the history of ideas
  • Capacity for critical and independent appraisal, analysis and assessment, and written and oral expression in an academic form


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

IDE1104 – Vestens idéer fra antikken til 1600 or equivalent

Recommended previous knowledge

IDE2041, IDE2021 and IDE2022 or equivalent


The course consists of a combination of lectures and seminars, in total 28 hours (circa).

In the seminars the students are expected to actively participate in discussions. Each student must also prepare and give at least one oral presentation in the course of the semester which must be approved before the student may take the exam.


3 day exam at the end of the semester.
Essay: 7-9 pages, excluding any attachments or illustrations. Recommended: Times New Roman 12 font and 1 ½ line spacing.
The obligatory oral assignment must be approved before the student may take the exam. Make sure to follow academic principles for references and quotations.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The language of examination is English. You can apply to the administrators of the course to submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2017

This course is offered irregularly.


Autumn 2017

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)