Instructors: Professor Peregrine Horden and Dr Jennifer Neville, along with other medievalists working on the degree
Terms 1 and 2. To be taught in Egham on Wednesdays from 1-3pm.
The Research Development Course (RDC) is the Core Course taken by all students pursuing the MA in Medieval Studies. Although what you learn here will also contribute to your work on the other courses on the programme, its main purpose is to prepare you to write your dissertation—that is, to teach you how to be a scholar of Medieval Studies. We do this in three main ways: by showing you role models to follow; by giving you skills to practise; and by creating a small scholarly community in which you can develop your skills and ideas. A key theme is the interdisciplinary nature of medieval studies.
The course is assessed continuously throughout the year, on a variety of assignments, including essays and oral presentations.
There is no required preparatory reading, but the following book may be useful:
Rosenthal, Joel T., ed., Understanding Medieval Primary Sources: Using Historical Sources to Discover Medieval Europe, Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources (London and New York: Routledge, 2012)