MDVL 1000: The Middle Ages, Then and Now

Image of the character Robin Hood in the movie Men in Tights.

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.

MDVL 1000 will be offered for the first time in fall 2021.