Oxford Exchange Seminar in Medieval History

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Oxford Exchange Seminar in Medieval History
1. Unidade curricular/Curricular Unit:
a) Designação: “Opção livre” - "Seminário colaborativo IEM/Universidade de Oxford em História
Medieval: "A Inglaterra e o Ocidente Medieval- secs. IX a XV"
Name: IEM/ Oxford Exchange Seminar in Medieval History: England and the Western Medieval
World (9th - 15th centuries)
b) Número de vagas/Vacancies: 8
2. Código da unidade curricular/Curricular unit code: [Não Preencher]
3. Faculdade/Faculty: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
4. Unidade de Investigação/Research Unit: IEM- Instituto de Estudos Medievais
5. Curso/Course: Opção livre aberta a todos os cursos de licenciatura.
6. Nível do curso/Course Level: Licenciatura/Undergraduate
7. Carácter da unidade curricular: Opcional/Optional
8. Tipo da unidade curricular/Type of curricular unit: Unidade Curricular Lectiva
9. Percentagem de aulas práticas/Percentage of practical classes: 60% (licenciatura/mestrado)
10. Ano do plano de estudos/Syllabus year: Qualquer ( só para licenciatura)
11. Semestre/Semester: 2.º semestre/2nd semester
12. Número de créditos/Number of credits: 6 (só para licenciatura)
13. Docente ou Investigador responsável/Teacher or principal researcher: Maria João Branco
14. Número de horas por sessão/Number of hours per session: 2 (para licenciatura)
b) Número de sessões por semestre/Number of hours per semester: 32 (só para licenciatura)
c) Periodicidade/periodicity: Semanal
d) Período de funcionamento/Class period: [09-02-2015 a 29-02-2015
15. Objectivos da unidade curricular/Learning objectives (máx. 200 palavras; expostos em termos
do que se espera que o aluno adquira):
-promote awareness of English Medieval History and its relation with the rest of the Medieval
World, during the Medieval period
-provide the students with teaching by international experts, ( a team of Oxford teachers) and
taught in a different pedagogical model, with a strong emphasis in the tutorial system.
- Provide the students with the necessary elements for them to understand and interiorize the
main events and the most important facts and problematics concerning the nuclear themes which
affect the main theme of the course: England's History and its relation with the remaining
medieval west.
- Develop critical thinking on the questions addressed
- Promote the capacity to explain orally and to write on complex subject matters and problems,
- promote the capacity of arguing one's own ideas in a public forum, academically.
16. Competências gerais do grau/General skills of the degree: a); b); c); d) ;e); f)
17. Competências específicas do curso/Specific Course skills: Não aplicável./Not applicable
18. Requisitos de frequência/Attendance requirements: Students will be selected after an interview
with the responsible for the course. Good mastery of English at the level of oral and written
comprehension is a pre-requisite. The students written work may be given in English or Portuguese,
but the teaching is done in English.
Students need to be aware that the level of autonomous work will be high and that the expectations
are that students will be responsible for a considerable part of their work, in the Library and with
Published Sources, even if always under the close supervision of the tutor(s).
19. Conteúdo da unidade curricular/Syllabus (máx. 200 palavras):
This course will cover the British History and its relation with the Continent, from the 9th to the 15h
centuries, and will be taught thematically.
Its syllabus will vary from year to year, according to the Oxford team which will be teaching each of
the years, and the specific essay topics chosen for the students.
It will nontheless always cover a wide range of topics (ideally 6 per year), either chronological or
thematic, from politics to economy and society, from religion to science and diplomatic relations.
20. Bibliografia recomendada/Recommended reading: (máx. 5 títulos. Por ordem decrescente de
data de edição.)
1. The essay topics and bibliography, as well as the bibliography for each of the lectures and
workshops will be provided to the students in the beginning of the semester. They may vary each
21. Métodos de ensino/Teaching Methods: This UC will be taught in accordance with the "Oxford
University tutorial model", adapted to the Portuguese reality. Each semester, the students will
attend, twice per semestre, two full day seminars, taught by a team of senior Oxford teachers
(theoreticall lectures followed by workshops with documents). There will also be 8 more one-hour
lectures, taught by a team of English and Portuguese Oxford-trained tutors, who will also
accompany the witten and oral work of the students for the remaining practical part of the course.
The remaining sessions will be tutorial-like sessions in which the essays writen by the students will
be corrected, debated and discussed in groups of 3-5 students and a tutor. The essay topics and
bibliography, as well as the bibliography for each of the lectures and workshops will be provided to
the students in the beginning of the semestre.
22. Métodos de avaliação/Assessment methods: The assessment will be 100% based on
authonomous work presented by the students every other week and debated with the tutors in
presential sessions of up to 5 students per session of 2 hours. Each student will need to write 6
essays of up to 10 pages per semester, on special topics. Attendency to the 4 days of intensive
lectures taught by the team of teachers from Oxford University and to the regular one hour lectures
taught by the English-Portuguese IEM team (schedule to be announced in the beginning of the
semestre) is compulsory and absence from them will impose a 50% devaluation in the students final
marks. Essays may be writen in English and/or Portuguese.
23. Língua de ensino/Teaching language: English
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