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Undergraduate Course: Renaissance Italians (HIST10101)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe Italian Renaissance has proved to be a dynamic and enduring historical subject. Recent years have seen many new interpretations of established topics, and new areas of historical study have also opened up. As a result, there is less agreement now than there ever has been about what the Italian Renaissance actually was. This course focuses on the Renaissance as a cultural 'movement' and as an historical 'period'. It explores what, if anything, the age of Petrarch (1304-74) had in common with that of Machiavelli (1469-1527), and how Italian 'mentalities' changed in the centuries which separated these two, quintessentially 'Renaissance' men. Renaissance Italians investigates the Italian 'Middle Ages', and the development of humanism - especially in relation to the visual arts - with an emphasis on the period c.1400-c.1530. The social context of cultural change will be studied through the examination of patronage, changing religious sensibilities, gender, and a variety of centres, urban and courtly, which experienced the cultural revival.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  24
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 66 %, Coursework 34 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
You should be able to understand, and to evaluate, the various historical interpretations of the Italian Renaissance, and to have developed a critical awareness of the geographical and political diversity which characterised the Italian peninsula during the period. The course requires you to study a range of printed and visual sources in conjunction with secondary texts. This allows you to examine Renaissance Italians through what they produced and to contextualise them in the particular centres in which thety worked. In so doing you will also have considered the ways in which historians approach cultural history. The seminars are designed to facilitate the development of oral, presentational and inter-personal skills by allowing you to lead and encouraging you to participate in group discussions on prescribed topics.
Assessment Information
One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment); one two-hour examination paper (two-thirds of overall assessment).
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment); one take home examination essay (two-thirds of overall assessment).
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Additional Information
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Course organiserDr David Rosenthal
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50
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