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Undergraduate Course: MACHIAVELLI AND POLITICS, CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN RENAISSANCE ITALY, 1494 TO c. 1540 (LLLE07028)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryNiccol˛ Machiavelli is probably the most famous writer and political thinker of Renaissance Italy and his works, in particular The Prince, are still widely read today. The course aims to introduce students to his key books (The Prince, excerpts from The Discourses and The Art of War) and plays (particularly The Mandrake Root). Readings will be accompanied by lectures on Italian society and politics during the upheavals of the so-called Italian Wars (1494-c.1530) and the changing political situation in Machiavelli┐s native city, Florence, which accompanied the fortunes of the Medici family. The course will also examine the cultural trends of the period and look at the role of diplomacy through Machiavelli┐s own years in the service of the Florentine Republic.
Course description 1. Florence and Italy in 1494: the Humanist movement; Lorenzo the Magnificent and Machiavelli┐s early life
2. Italian Wars: why did France invade in 1494? What were the consequences. The Savonarolan years.
3. Machiavelli in Chancery: 1498-1512. (Extracts from Machiavelli┐s Legations) Examine the role of diplomacy and the growing power of the Borgias.
4. Cesare Borgia: The Prince and a review of Machiavelli┐s judgement. The reign of Julius II: ┐Out with the Barbarians┐
5. Machiavelli in exile and The Prince: A class discussion of this book: the role of virt¨ and fortune. An overview of new research.
6. Florentine government under Pier Soderini. Machiavelli on the question of Republicanism (read extracts from The Prince and The Discourses). Art and politics in Florence.
7. The Discourses: Machiavelli┐s true legacy. Class discussion of selected chapters.
8. Machiavelli the playwright: The Mandrake Root. Class viewing of DVD (75 mins), followed by discussion.
9. Warfare and Italy: 1514-1527. New artillery and militia. (selected chapters from The Art of War). The Sack of Rome in 1527.
10. The Fortunes of the Medici: Giovanni dalle Bande Nere, Alessandro de┐ Medici and Cosimo de┐ Medici. Florence and the Last Republic of 1527-29 leading to ducal power. Machiavelli┐s legacy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2,000-word essay worth 100% of the total mark.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

┐ show an understanding of the political and cultural situation of Italy on the cusp of the early modern period
┐ analyse the main themes of Machiavelli┐s key works
┐ critically assess certain works of art and architecture in Florence during the period in question (1494-c.1540)
┐ demonstrate the acquired knowledge and skills in their essay.
Reading List
Robert Black, Machiavelli, Routledge 2013
The Cambridge Companion to Machiavelli [available as electronic resource from university library], ed. J. M. Najemy
Hanna Pitkin, Fortune is a Woman: Gender and Politics in the Thought of Niccolo Machiavelli, University of Chicago Press, 1999
Quentin Skinner, A Short Introduction to Machiavelli, OUP 2000
Maurizio Viroli, Machiavelli┐s God, Princeton University Press, 2010/2012
Corrado Vivanti, Niccolo Machiavelli. An Intellectual Biography, trans. Simon MacMIchael, Princeton University Press
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills ┐ Acquiring and comparing materials from a variety of sources (primary sources, lectures, secondary works)
┐ Evaluating different approaches to and explanations of material
┐ Exercising informed critical judgement
┐ Participating in general discussion about the examples and concepts examined
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Sally Crumplin
Tel:
Email: Sally.Crumplin@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Sabine Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
Email: Sabine.Murdoch@ed.ac.uk
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