The Liturgy, Ritual and Chant of Medieval England (Sarum Use)

Spring 2017
T 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area II
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course will focus on the rites, ceremonies and music of the Use of Sarum, which was the predominant Use for services in the late medieval period in England. It will include preliminary study of the emergence of the Romano-Western liturgical synthesis, and will consider some of the Anglo-Saxon representation of this synthesis. It will consider the aims of the Anglo-Norman Church, and especially the siting and building of the Old Sarum Cathedral. It will compare the Sarum Use to those of Rouen, Hereford, and York, and examine the new Cathedral of Salisbury and the liturgical implications of its architecture and decoration. It will consider the various services of the Use of Sarum and their musical Repertories, both monophonic and polyphonic, as well as the wider cultural significance of Sarum traditions beyond the medieval era.

Background Expected: 

Foundations of Christian Worship or a course in liturgical music.

Course Requirements: 

Students will have two projects/papers to complete.

Basis of Evaluation: 

A grade of H (= exemplary).  The paper theoretically approaches publication quality. In a research university, publication quality is your standard because public scholarship of some sort is the goal of your professional education. These papers clearly understand and helpfully interact with the texts and arguments of a broader conversation;

·         have an original, helpful thesis that develops new insights, directions, or connections (thus making it worthwhile reading to some public);

·         make that thesis discipline the entire essay, especially the conclusion;

·         anticipate criticisms and, insofar as possible, account for alternative positions;

·         use an effective rhetorical structure, including an accountable method of argument and a clear flow of ideas.

H- (= excellent,) but would require more work for it to be publication quality.

A grade of HP+ (=very good) indicates that you have successfully and competently written an essay. You demonstrate accurate understanding of texts and arguments and you have a clear thesis in a well-written paper.  MOST STUDENTS WILL ACCOMPLISH THIS VERY GOOD and RESPECTABLE GRADE.

A grade of HP (=good) indicates acceptable completion of the assignment, with room for improvement in argument, and/or in understanding of other texts. This may be the grade for a reasonable essay that remains descriptive rather than critical, or that seems rushed in its consideration. It may be the grade for an exciting idea that suffers from sloppy writing and argumentation.

A grade of HP- (=satisfactory/acceptable) indicates inadequate completion of the assignment but good faith effort in approaching it. The paper probably suffers from lack of a clear thesis and disorganized argument, and may incorrectly understand other arguments, express undefended assumptions, or inappropriate reading of other arguments.

A grade of P acknowledges that something was submitted, and that it fails to approximate professional writing.

F.  What was submitted falls below graduate school work.