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Introduction to the Medieval Period Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

One of the most fascinating periods in European history is the Middle Ages. Spanning over the course of a thousand years from the fifth to the fifteenth century, it covers such major events as the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Golden Era of Islam, and the Black Death.

It was a time of war and knights; of art and discovery. And more than anything, it was a time of new forms of thinking. The Medieval Period is an era that rose from the ashes of a fallen empire and laid the groundwork for the extraordinary paths that took us to the Renaissance and the Age of Discovery.

This course examines all of the above-mentioned events and more, and does so within the context of the rise and fall of the Catholic Church’s power within that period.

The Introduction to the Medieval Period Diploma Course begins with an introduction to the three different periods within the Medieval Era. In doing so, it examines why the ‘Middle Ages’ are so called and what really went on during this intriguing period. You’...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1: The Arrival of the Middle Ages
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: Introduction to the Middle Ages
  • Part 2: Timelines of Medieval Europe
  • Part 3: High Middle Ages
  • Part 4: Late Middle Ages
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2: The Danish Kings of England
  • Part 1: Christianity Comes to England
  • Part 2: Arrival of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes
  • Part 3: Viking Raids on Britain
  • Part 4: Cnut the Great
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3: The Rise of the Catholic Church
  • Part 1: The Formation of the Roman Catholic Church and the Importance of Peter and Paul
  • Part 2: Rome Becomes Christian
  • Part 3: The Fall of Rome and the Rise of the Church
  • Part 4: The Power of the Church in Medieval Europe
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4: The Expansion of Islam
  • Part 1: The Beginning of Islam
  • Part 2: The Golden Era
  • Part 3: Islamic Literature and Philosophy
  • Part 4: Science, Mathematics, Medicine and Art
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5: The Crusades
  • Part 1: What Were the Crusades?
  • Part 2: The First Crusade — An Appeal to the Pope
  • Part 3: The Knights Templar
  • Part 4: Second Crusade (1147 AD – 1149 AD)
  • Part 5: The Fall of the Knights Templar
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6: The Medieval Inquisition
  • Part 1: What Was the Medieval Inquisition?
  • Part 2: The Cathar Crusade and the Papal Inquisition
  • Part 3: Joan of Arc Burned at the Stake
  • Part 4: The Spanish Inquisition
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7: Magic and Medicine
  • Part 1: ​ The Birth of Medieval Christian Medicine
  • Part 2: Saints and Illness
  • Part 3: The Muslim Reaction to Christian Medicine
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8: Art and Architecture
  • Part 1: Early Christian and Byzantine Art
  • Part 2: Byzantine Art and Anglo-Saxon Art
  • Part 3: Romanesque Art
  • Part 4: Illuminated Manuscripts and Textile Art
  • Part 5: Gothic Art
  • Part 6: Literature
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9: Economics and Society
  • Part 1: The System of Manorialism
  • Part 2: The Arrival of the Normans and Feudalism
  • Part 3: Village Life and Money
  • Part 4: The Expansion of Trade and the Role of the Merchant
  • Module 9 Assessment
Module 10: The Black Death
  • Part 1: Introduction to the Black Death
  • Part 2: The Plague in Britain
  • Part 3: The Plague as God’s Punishment and the End of the Plague
  • Part 4: Consequences of the Black Death
  • Conclusion
  • Module 10 Assessment
Introduction to the Medieval Period Diploma Course

Who Would Benefit from This Course?

If you’re interested in history, this course shares the truth of one of the most fascinating eras in Europe’s past. The commonly held belief is that the Medieval era was a period of doom and gloom and, while there is a certain element of truth in that, you will learn that it was also a time of great change and new ways of thinking.

While this time period is synonymous with the Black Death, the Inquisition, and the Crusades, these events cleared the path for travel and trade to expand – linking parts of the world in ways that had never occurred previously. This also laid the groundwork for the glorious Age of Discovery, which saw Spanish ships and others setting sail across the Atlantic.

The Islamic Golden Age was a period of cultural, economic and scientific flourishing that enabled astounding discoveries and developments in all areas of human life.

Art and architecture developed in astonishing ways during this period. Think about the differences between Byzantine Art and Gothic Art and you can see the vast creativeness and uniqueness of the artists at work across this period.

This course is your chance to better acquaint yourself with all the Middle Ages brought – the good and the bad – and how the events of the time changed the world forever.

Accreditations

The Introduction to the Medieval Period Diploma Course will take you up to 50 hours to complete, working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This is a Level 3 course and will give you 50 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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