Syllabus – Schedule of Classes


Throughout the entire semester, please always feel strongly encouraged to contact the instructor, by phone (520) 621-1395; email:, or in person, 318 LSB.

Week 1 of March 14, 2022: Please read the introductory text by Emily Amt and Classen: Historical framework, social structure, economic conditions

Alternatively for further background, I recommend: read this intro.

Voluntary zoom meeting, on March 14, 4 p.m. p.m.

Starting Thu, March 17, 4p.m., go to D2L and click on the link for our weekly meeting; or:

Join URL:

All zoom meetings will be recorded and link will then posted in the syllabus for those of you who cannot join at that time. They are not obligatory but could be very useful and helpful for you.

Here is the first recording:


For every week, I will post homework assignments all due on Sunday evening at 5 p.m.

There will be two exams (on Top Hat, 15% each), and two essays (on D2L, 20% each; I’ll post essay questions on D2L), all online. The rest of the grade will come from your responses to the homework questions posted on Top Hat (30%).


Week 2 of March 21: Marie de France 

Zoom meeting on March 24, 4 p.m.

Marie de France: Bisclavret (The Werewolf), Equitan, The Two Lovers – Eliduc

Week 3 of March 28: Father-Son Conflict, Loyalty, Honor, Death in:

The Song of Hildebrand (55-56)

Homework on TopHat: opens on March 31 at 6 p.m., and closes on April 1, 6 p.m. 

I’ll be available in a zoom room tomorrow, Wed. 4-5 p.m. (March 30), but not on Thur.

1st exam: April 2-3, 4pm-4 p.m. Online, tophat. No deviation is possible.

Week 4 of April 4: We read: Nibelungenlied:1-18 (numbers all refer to the chapters, so chapters 1-18, etc.)

Zoom meeting for those who want to join on Wed., April 6.

1st essay is due on April 8, 8 p.m. (questions are posted on D2L)

Week 5 of April 11: Please read: Nibelungenlied: 19-28; 

Zoom meeting on Thu. April 14

Week 6 of April 18: Nibelungenlied: 26-39; and “The Tumbler”, Our Lady’s Tumbler. As background, as part of your homework, see, for instance, Le Thoronet (photos); you are required to watch Le Thoronet (video I, with speaker) (video II, only music in the background) (video III, with Gregorian chant). Read this article: A. Classen, “The Human Quest for Happiness and Meaning”  in Athens Journal of Humanities and Meaning, you’ll need it for the assignment.

Zoom meeting on April 21, 4 p.m.

Week 7 of April 25: We finish with The Tumbler. Then please read Boethius, Introduction to Boethius. and Books I-II, 2nd essay due, April 30, 8 p.m. Top hat questioned are already assigned

Another zoom meeting on April 28, 4 p.m. 

Week 7 1/2 of May 2: Boethius, Use the same link, and read book III in: Boethius 

I strongly encourage you to contact me during these days via phone, zoom, email, or to see me in my office to prepare you for the final.

I will post exam questions on May 2.

 2nd exam, comprehensive, May 3, due at 6 p.m., on Top Hat.

Students are responsible for checking on their grades posted on D2L. After 10 school days, no further review is possible. 

 Subject to Change Statement

Information contained in the course syllabus, other than the grade and absence policy, may be subject to change with advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.

Final Grade Review: If there might be a problem with your grade, you can ask me for a review until May 10, 12 p.m. Beyond that, there will not be any opportunity to revisit your grade.