2021-22 Graduate Courses

CMS Courses During Covid

Course Descriptions | Upcoming Language Exams | Past Language Exams

The Centre for Medieval Studies will be offering a full year of courses in the Fall and Spring terms of 2021-2022. Because of prevailing circumstances, most courses will be offered with a dual delivery mode – an in-person section (INPER) and an online section (SYNC). A course that indicates SYNC only means the course will be offered exclusively online.

You can view the PDF icon2021-22 PIMS Timetable (PDF) or check the preliminary CMS Course List below.

Check the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website for the sessional dates for 2021-22.

To enrol in a course on ROSI, provide the course code in a format without spaces, and with an additional Y (for full-year courses) or H (for half courses), following the examples below:

  • MST1000Y
  • MST1101H

In addition to those courses offered by the Centre for Medieval Studies, students may enrol in courses offered by other departments relating to the Middle Ages. Approved courses from other departments are cross-listed below (but the list is not yet complete); other relevant courses not listed here may be taken in consultation with the Associate Director or the PhD Co-ordinator. NB: Course offerings are subject to change. All details concerning course offerings cross-listed from other departments should be checked with the relevant academic department as changes can occur which may not be reflected in our listing. 

  • Staff indicates that the course is team-taught, or rotates among various faculty members.
  • Y and L indicate full-year courses.
  • F and S indicate half-year courses taught, respectively, in the fall and spring terms.
  • H indicates half-year courses.

Please refer to the calendar of the School of Graduate Studies for information about regulations.

Course Instructor Day/Time Location Term Delivery Mode
MST 1000Y.  Medieval Latin C. O’Hogan M-F 1-2 pm LI301 Fall & Spring


MST 1001Y.  Medieval Latin II

S. Ghosh (S)

M-F 1-2 pm LI 310 Fall & Spring


MST 1002H.  Advanced Latin: Medieval Lives of the Authors C. O'Hogan W 9-11 LI 301 Spring INPER
MST 1003Y.  Professional Development for Medieval Studies PhDs Placement Committee F 11–1 pm LI 310 Fall & Spring


MST 1023H.  Early Medieval Latin and Greek Poetry C. O'Hogan W 9-11 LI 301 Fall INPER
MST 1104H.  Latin Palaeography I S. Pelle T 10-12, F 10-11 PIMS 'L' Fall INPER
MST 1105H.  CANCELLED - Latin Palaeography II G. Dinkova Bruun T 10-12, F 10-11 PIMS ‘L’ Spring CANCELLED
MST 1110H.  Diplomatics and diplomatic editing S. Ghosh W 2-4 LI 310 Fall INPER
MST 1384H.  Exeter Book of Old English Verse A. Walton M 2-4 LI 301 Spring INPER
MST 1422H.  Introduction to the Study of Magic in the Middle Ages J. Haines R 2-4 LI 301 Spring INPER
MST 2029H.  CANCELLED - Introduction to Old Irish B. Miles R 11-1 LI 310 Spring CANCELLED
MST 2031H.  Topics in Medieval Celtic Literature: The Medieval Celtic Heroic Tradition B. Miles R 11-1 LI 310 Fall SYNC

MST 3016H. Intermediate Ge’ez

R. Holmstedt R 9-12 Bancroft Hall
Room TBD
MST 3123H.  Intro to Medieval Medicine N. Everett R 9-11 LI 301 Fall INPER


MST 3165H. Vernacular Religious Literature D. Kullman W 11-1 LI 103 Fall INPER
MST 3226H.  Medieval Mediterranean History M. Meyerson T 2-4 LI 301 Spring INPER
MST 3263H.  Gender and Sexuality in Medieval Lit. M. Roby M 11-1 LI 310 Spring INPER
MST 3311H.  Topics in Medieval Metaphysics P. King M 11-1 online Fall SYNC
MST 3321H.  Medieval Philosophy of Mind D. Black W 11-1 LI 310 Spring SYNC
MST 3347H.  Late Antique and Early Medieval Philosophical Commentators J. Magee M 9-11 LI 301 Fall INPER
MST 3501H.  Intro to Medieval Christian Liturgy J. Haines R 2-4 LI 310 Fall INPER
MST 3603H.  Society and Literary Texts in Medieval Spain Y. Iglesias T 11-1 LI 301 Spring INPER
MST 9310F.  Directed Reading Staff N/A N/A Fall  
MST 9310S.  Directed Reading Staff N/A N/A Spring  
MST 9310Y.  Directed Reading Staff N/A N/A Year  
MST 9315F.  Directed Reading Staff N/A N/A Fall  
MST 9315S.  Directed Reading Staff N/A N/A Spring  

Reminder: PhD students at the centre are free to select any courses from the annual CMS list (above) and cross-listed courses (* below identifies cross-listed courses), provided that they have the necessary prerequisites. In view of the centre’s interdisciplinary nature, some courses on the Middle Ages can be taken in other departments, with the approval of the PhD Co-ordinator. If you are interested in other courses, please remember to contact the CMS PhD Coordinator to have them approved before enrolling.

Art History

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The Medieval Treasury

J. Caskey

Wednesday, 1-4pm

This course exmaines medieval church treasuries, their contents and architectural settings, and the ways they have been conceptualized from the Middle Ages to the present. It highlights the diversity of treasury contents, from liturgical chalices to legal documents, who contributed to the shape of such colletions and why, and how the collections were documented. Major themes in present-day art history create the conceptual underpinnings of the course, including materiality, collecting and display, mobility, and patronage. The course will provide opportunities for students to work with objects in local museums and to develop research projects in the Digital Humanities. Recommended: Reading knowledge of French, German, Italian, and Latin helpful.


Book History and Print Culture (Collaborative Program)



Classical Studies

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Comparative Literature

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East Asian Studies

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Introduction to Old English II: Beowulf


F. Michelet

This course is devoted to a collaborative reading and analysis of the Old English poem Beowulf: its language, its cultural and historical backgrounds, and its style. The work of our class will rely on close and informed attention to the poem's language and rhetorical strategies. In addition, we'll begin to explore some of the more technical aspects of studying Old English verse: possible topics include metrical analysis, paleography, and/or the problems of dating and authorship. 

Completion of Old English I or its equivalent is desirable, but not a prerequisite.

Course Reading List: 

Edition: R. D. Fulk et al., eds., Klaeber's Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg, 4th ed. (Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2008). Secondary texts: TBA. 

Course Method of Evaluation and Requirements:

Class time will be spent in discussion and translation of the poem. Each student will be expected to lead at least one seminar (with a 1-2 page critique handed in on the day of the seminar). Evaluation: class work: 15%; class presentations: 15%; short essay (abstract): 10%; final paper: 60%)  

Term: S-TERM (January 2022 to April 2022) Time/Date: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Fridays 



French Language and Literature

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Advanced Oral and Written French for Academic purposes

  NOT OFFERED IN 2021-2022


Initiation à l’ancien français /Medieval French Language


Ce cours se propose de présenter les bases de la langue française du Moyen Âge, à travers une sélection d’extraits de textes originaux. On étudiera la morphologie et la syntaxe de l’ancien français, avec un aperçu de la phonétique historique et de la création lexicale. Les étudiants feront également connaissance avec les outils de travail existants (dictionnaires, grammaires). Les textes choisis permettront de se familiariser avec différents dialectes et de faire un tour d’horizon des principaux genres littéraires des 11e, 12e et 13e siècles; on s'en tiendra cependant à la lecture et n'approfondira pas le côté interprétatif. La description de la langue insistera davantage sur la dimension synchronique que sur la diachronie. Ce cours est également offert au niveau sous-gradué. Quelques séances supplémentaires seront obligatoires pour les étudiants gradués, mais facultatifs pour les étudiants sous-gradués.


Reading French Course for Graduate Students

Old French Reading Group D. Kullmann Time and location TBA. Please contact the instructor if interested.
Byzantine Greek Reading Group D. Kullmann Time and location TBA. Please contact the instructor if interested.


Germanic Languages and Literature

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GER1200HS Introduction to Medieval German Studies M. Stock  

Location TBA

This course offers an introduction to the German language, literature, and culture of the Middle Ages. We will read and translate Middle High German texts, study facsimiles of medieval manuscripts, and inquire into epochal cultural concepts like courtly love and chivalry as well as courtly and clerical designs of identity. Authors discussed will include Hartmann von Aue and Walther von der Vogelweide among others. Reading knowledge in German or any medieval Germanic language is an asset, but no prerequisite.

GER 6000F Reading German for Graduate Students    

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In this course German reading knowledge is taught following the grammar-translation method designed for graduate students from the Humanities. It is an intensive course that covers German grammar with focus on acquiring essential structures of the German language to develop translation skills. The course is conducted in English, and consequently participants do not learn how to speak or write in German, but rather the course focuses exclusively on reading and translating German. Prior knowledge of German not mandatory. By the end of the course, students should be able to handle a broad variety of texts in single modern Standard German. This course is not intended for MA or PhD students in German.

GER 6000S Reading German for Graduate Students    

Location TBA

Description as above.



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Italian Studies

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ITA 1200HS Dante E. Brilli  

An examination of Dante’s works and criticism on them. This year course will focus on Dante’s life and offer a crossed-examination of the extant documentation on Dante’s life and the “autobiographical” declarations contained in his works.




Near and Middle Eastern Civilization

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Al-Jahiz and His Debate Partners

Tuesdays, 1-4 pm, starting January 11 2022

J. Miller

Al-Jahiz was a ninth-century polymath who incorporated every field of intellectual inquiry into his own essayistic and compilatory literary form.  He has been credited as a foundational prose stylist for the Arabic literary tradition, as well as the first contributor to Arabic literary theory and criticism.  His works also provide important and understudied insight into ninth century theology, exegesis, and natural science.  In this class, we will examine a variety of his works, from short epistles to excerpts of his longer works. Part of the analytic process will be to reconstruct the polemical context in which these works were written, and thus readings will be selected to illuminate his relationship to contemporary discourses, such as law, theology, Quran interpretation, logic, dialectic, and poetry.  Weekly reading assignments are in the original Arabic.



Religious Studies (Department for the Study of Religion)

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Slavic Languages and Literatures

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Toronto School of Theology

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Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (Program)

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Proseminar for the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

  Year, Monday 4-6

Breadth Requirement: N/A

Location: LI 301 (Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen’s Park)

Limited to CPAMP students

Mandatory for CPAMP students in Y1 and 2; program students who have fulfilled this requirement are expected to attend regularly. Other interested doctoral students are welcome to attend as well and should contact the program director to indicate their interest. The proseminar has three components: a series of seminars; an ancient Greek philosophy reading group; and a Latin medieval philosophy reading group. All students in the proseminar must attend the seminars and at least one of the reading groups; students are warmly encouraged to attend both reading groups.

Latin Reading Group   For details on the reading groups, see the CPAMP website.
Greek Reading Group   For details on the reading groups, see the CPAMP website.


Book History and Print Culture (Program)

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Due to the current circumstances, applications will be evaluated in early September. You are welcome to contact the Director of the program, Prof. Alan Galey, over the summer for information.

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BKS 1001F


Introduction to Book History


Location TBA

This foundational course, required for all BHPC students in their first term, will introduce students to basic topics such as the semiotics of the book; orality and writing systems; book production from manuscript to computer technology; the development of printing; the concept of authorship; copyright; censorship; the economics of book production and distribution; libraries and the organization of information; principles of bibliographical description; print in other formats (newspapers, magazines, advertisements, etc.); reading and readership; editorial theory and practice. We will also study many artifacts and tools of the trade in situ through visits to the Massey College Bibliography Room and Coach House Books.

BKS 1002S


Book History in Practice



Location TBA

BKS 2000H


Advanced Seminar in Book History and Print Culture


Location TBA

The Archive as Text. The field of textual studies is concerned with the production, transmission, preservation, and ongoing history of texts. Recent developments in this field have encouraged an expansion of the term “text” to include all attempts at representation whatever form they may take. Drawing on readings from a range of fields, including textual criticism, archival studies, history, anthropology, and lifewriting, this seminar will explore how archives might be conceptualized as texts and the implications and limitations of that conceptualization.

BKS 2001H


Practicum in Book History and Print Culture

  See here for information on the Book History and Print Culture Practicum.


Jewish Studies (Program)

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Sexual Diversity Studies (Specialization)

@ the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies

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Woman and Gender Studies (Specialization)

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Location Key

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Alumni Hall, 121 St Joseph Street
Birge–Carnegie Library, 75a Queen’s Park
Bancroft Building, 4 Bancroft Avenue
Comparative Literature Seminar Room, Isabel Bader Theatre 93 Charles Street West, 3rd floor
Carr Hall, 100 St Joseph Street
Music Library, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park
Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue
Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St George Street
PIMS Library, J.M. Kelly Library, 113 St Joseph Street, 4th floor
Gerald Larkin Building, 15 Devonshire Place
Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen’s Park, 3rd floor (SE corner of Bloor Street & Queen’s Park)
Colin Friesen Room, Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place
Northrop Frye Hall, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Odette Hall, 50 St Joseph Street
Pontifical Institute of Mediæval Studies (PIMS), 59 Queen’s Park Crescent East
E.J. Pratt Library, 71 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 120 St George Street
Robarts Library, Dictionary of Old English, Room 14284, 14th floor, 130 St George Street
Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St George Street
Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue
Teefy Hall, 57 Queen’s Park Crescent East
University College, 12 King’s College Circle
Victoria College, 73 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Wilson Hall, New College, 40 Willcocks Street