Medieval Learning: Throwing a Light on the Dark Ages

The Middle Ages have often been dismissed as a period of ignorance stuck between two epochs of intellectual achievement – the world of Classical Antiquity and the flowering of the Renaissance. However if we look closer we will discover a rich tradition of innovation and learning. From Charlemagne’s reign in the 8th century to the 14th century, the Middle Ages were instrumental in laying the foundation for the Renaissance and the Western intellectual tradition as a whole. This period saw the rise of institutions of learning and great works of philosophy, science, mathematics and theology were produced.


Course Tutor
Carole Cusack


Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D179


Getting Started

  1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
  2. Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
  3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.