Religion and Political Thought: Europe 1200-1700 - Reading Seminar
The reading class is an exercise in the analysis of primary sources. It is meant as a seminar accompanying lecture "Religion and Political Thought: Europe 1200-1700". Therefore, this reading class should only be take in combination with the lecture. For details about the course content please see the syllabus of the lecture.
The reading class is an exercise in the analysis of primary sources. The students will learn how to interpret a historical text from a variety of perspectives: the person of the author, form and genre of the text, intellectual context, historical context, content analysis. The class will split into two groups, each preparing one text for each sessions. All texts correspond to the lecture given earlier the same week, which will provide the intellectual and historical background for each set of texts.
The final grade will be composed of:
a) chairing one group discussion and presenting the findings to the class (25%)
b) class participation (25%)
c) a final paper about one of the texts discussed in class (50%). The paper must fulfill the standards of an academic research paper. Length: 3000 words (excluding footnotes and bibliography).