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Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 MEDREN Courses


MEDREN 2513 -  Medieval Russia

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Description: From insignificant beginnings, Moscow became the center of an empire that, by the end of the 17th c., was the largest country in the world - and still is. We will discuss the emergence of Moscow as a city, state, culture, and world power, and forces that drove its remarkable expansion: desire to preserve and regain the heritage of the conquered Kievan state; imperatives of Eastern Orthodox spirituality; struggles against external enemies such as the Tartars (Mongols); belief in an anointed, autocratic ruler; and ideology of the Third Rome, which reconceived of Moscow as a New Jerusalem. These "national myths" continue to influence Russian culture to this very day.

Class: 32868
Time: WF 9:35 - 10:55
Room: TBD
Instructor: Daniel Collins (Slavic)

Required Books

MEDREN 2666 - Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

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Description: A study of the history of witchcraft and magic from 400 to 1700 C.E. within sociological, religious and intellectual contexts.

Class: 32723
Time: TR 2:20 - 3:40
Room: 209 W. 18th 160
Instructor: Michael Swartz (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)

Required Books:

Alan Charles Kors and Edward Peters, Witchcraft in Europe 400-1700: A Documentary History

MEDREN 5695 - Seminar: "Elizabeth I: Life, Literature, and Legend" 

Elizabeth I Coronation Portrait

Description: In this class, students gain a detailed and critically sophisticated understanding of the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth I through an examination of her own writings, the cultural representations made by her subjects, and modern scholarship.

Class: 25523 (ug) 25522 (grad)
Time: TR 11:10 - 12:30
Room: TBD
Instructor: Chris Highley (English)

Required Books:

Elizabeth I and Her Age, eds Donald Stump and Susan Felch (New York: Norton, 2009)

Carole Levin, The Reign of Elizabeth I (New York: Palgrave, 2002)

MEDREN 7899, "Medieval and Renaissance Colloquia"

Description: This course consists of 1 credit hour per semester for attending CMRS lectures, faculty colloquia and subsequent discussions or preceding "open forum" events. This will amount to: 4 1-hour+ CMRS lectures by visiting professors and at least 1 internal lecture, plus subsequent (or preceding) discussion sessions (total = approx. 3 hours per event); at least one lunch with visiting faculty member (2 hours); active involvement with MRGSA and its activities; and meetings with the Center director (one hour once per term). With permission of the Director other professional activities (e.g. attendance at appropriate conferences, on or off campus; other relevant lectures hosted by OSU units if CMRS colloquia are not scheduled) may be substituted.

Prereq: Grad standing. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U.

Class: 20272
Time: Fri 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Room: 090 18th Ave. Library
Instructor: TBD

CMRS Individual Studies

MEDREN 4193, 8193 – Individual Studies

Description: Students may register for individual directed study under this number for work not normally offered in courses.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is graded S/U.

MEDREN 4998, 4998H, 4999, and 4999 - Undergraduate Research and Thesis Hours

If interested in enrolling in individual studies or research/thesis hours, please contact CMRS Associate Director and Student Advisor, Professor Leslie Lockett.

For more information about the Center’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization and Graduate Certificate programs, please visit this page.

*Enrollment open to graduate students, undergraduate students only with permission from the Center and the Graduate School. Attendance based upon lecture series schedule; see the CMRS Events webpage for more information.