Living and Dying in the Premodern World (959Q3A)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

How did people think about living and dying in the premodern past? Which practices were associated with these events and how were they represented culturally and philosophically? This module examines living and dying in the medieval and early modern periods. We will engage diverse sources -such as visual arts, literary texts, architecture, material artefacts –analysing them from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on fields such as History, Art History, Literary Studies, Philosophy. Topics might include indigenous and colonial practices, Islam, memento mori traditions, fashion, crime and punishment, animal life, technology, witchcraft, concepts of ‘the good life’ and ‘good death’.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: