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Postgraduate Course: Medieval and Renaissance Italy: Texts, Objects and Practices (HIAR11058)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is designed for postgraduate students interested in research in Medieval and Renaissance Europe in general, and Italy in particular.
Course description The course will be taught intensively (approximately four hours a day) over one week, normally in the middle of semester 2.

There will normally be one class with the Course Directors in Edinburgh before the course starts, and two meetings afterwards one for group discussion and one individual session for formative feedback on the essay.

Classroom sessions will normally take place in the Monash University Centre in Prato (when visiting Florence), or in the Centro Don Orione in Venice (near the Accademia). The majority of teaching, though will take place on site in archives, museums, and galleries of Florence and Venice.

The emphasis during the course will be to study in detail and at first hand a range of texts and artefacts written during the later medieval and renaissance periods in Italy.

Some may be canonical in medieval and renaissance studies generally - for instance Dante's Divine Comedy, Machiavelli's The Prince, or Botticelli's Birth of Venus; others may be less well known - vernacular letters, diaries and sermons for example, or renaissance costume, furniture and scientific instruments in institutions such as the museum of domestic life in the Palazzo Davanzati or Museum of the History of Science.

As well as the major Florentine and Venetian museums, this unit will also include an introduction to archival work, and an opportunity for students to study original archival documents if they wish to.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements, and this cost should also be considered when choosing the course
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop a thorough knowledge of the historical text(s) or artefact(s) chosen for study from the Renaissance / Early Modern period.
  2. Gain an understanding of different genres of text and object circulating in Medieval and Renaissance Italy.
  3. Acquire an introduction in core skills for Medieval and Renaissance research with respect to archives, manuscripts, museums and palaeography.
  4. Develop a capacity to analyse the historical processes that underpinned the construction of particular texts and objects from the period.
  5. Engage in critical discussion of texts and objects in relation to the urban context of Italian Medieval and Renaissance Society.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Generic cognitive skills:

Critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis; identify, conceptualise and define new and abstract problems and issues; develop original and creative responses to problems and issues; critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge.

Communication, ICT and numeracy:

Communicate with peers, more senior college and specialists.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with Others:

Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities; take responsibility for own work; work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners.
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Course organiserDr Jill Burke
Tel: (0131 650 4112
Course secretaryMiss Siobhan Byron
Tel: (0131 6)51 5744
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