Free(ish) online course on Medieval Spain starts next week

The University of Colorado and is teaming up with Coursera to launch a partially-free online course: Toledo: Deciphering Secrets of Medieval Spain. The course begins on October 29th and runs for six weeks.

The massive open online course (MOOC) is being taught by Roger Louis Martínez-Dávila, Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado, and specialist in the conversos and Jewish populations in Iberia. The course can be audited for free, although if you want your work graded and receive a Course Certificate, there is a fee ($64 CDN for Canadian users – rates will vary in other countries).

The course outline states it will evaluate “the medieval history of Toledo from the era of the Visigoth Kingdom (6th-8th centuries) through its Islamic period (8th to 11th centuries) and into its reintegration into Christian Spain (after 1085 c.e.) In particular, we take note of the cultural and religious transformations that characterized the city with a special effort to understand how many peoples and religions came to settle and live amongst one another. We will virtually-tour the Islamic and Christian structures of the Museo de Santa Cruz, Iglesia de San Román, Sinagoga del Tránsito, Mezquita de Bab al-Mardum, Archivo Municipal de Toledo, and the Archivo Historico de la Nobleza.”

Martínez-Dávila’s Youtube Channel has a number of videos related to his other online courses, some of which may be used for this class:

Coursera estimates that the online course will take students between 2 to 4 hours of work per week. After the introductory first week, the classes will fall under these themes:

  • Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Toledo Until 1212 CE
  • Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Medieval Toledo After 1212 CE
  • Introduction to Archives and Paleography
  • The SILReST Paleography Method for 15th Century Manuscripts
  • The Global Team at Work: Transcription & Interpretation Project

For more information, or to sign up for the course, please visit the Coursea website

Top Image: Map of Iberia from 1467 – Cosmographia Claudii Ptolomaei Alexandrini

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