MDVL 1000: The Middle Ages, Then and Now

The character Robin Hood in the movie Men in Tights.

The Middle Ages hides in every modern corner—come on a journey of discovery with MDVL 1000: The Middle Ages, Then and Now, offered for the first time in fall 2022!

Movies, TV shows, games, live-action role play... the Middle Ages is not so much past as present⁠—and there's often a big difference between how we use the idea of "medieval" and what life was actually like.

 

 

 

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MDVL 1000: The Middle Ages, Then and Now, taught through Western Michigan University's Medieval Institute, is a course designed to introduce students to the medieval past in the modern imagination. It encourages students to explore the Middle Ages (ca. 500 through 1500) using popular culture, primary source documents and performance to understand both the past itself and more recent uses of the past (such as films, novels, art, events, festivals, and ideologies from the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries). 

MDVL 1000 meets the student learning outcomes in the WMU Essential Studies Level 1 – Foundations, Inquiry and Engagement – Course Category: Critical Thinking in the Arts & Humanities.

Have questions? Want more information? Email Professor Durham.