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Postgraduate Course: Renaissance and Early Modern Studies: Objects and Practices (HIAR11074)

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, which runs fortnightly during both semesters, introduces students to postgraduate level independent research in Renaissance and Early Modern studies through a consideration of primary source materials.
Course description Taking advantage of the wealth of the collections in Edinburgh, classes will largely take place on site, and will include discussions of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, drawings and prints; manuscripts, maps and early printed books, archival documents, scientific documents and instruments, as well as a huge range of domestic, liturgical and other objects available at the National Galleries, Museums and Library of Scotland, as well as the University's own important collections. Curators, archivists and librarians at these institutions will be involved in the delivery of the course alongside lecturers from a variety of disciplines.

Students will learn practical skills in how to use various different types of evidence dating from this period, including paleography, which will equip them for independent research. We will also consider how this period is understood today, and what role cultural institutions such as Museums and Galleries have to play in forming this understanding.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain a good knowledge of the primary source material available in Edinburgh for research into the Renaissance / early modern period.
  2. Develop core research skills such as paleography, visual, literary and documentary analysis to enable you to use these sources to discuss and debate historical questions and issues from the period.
  3. Develop an interdisciplinary understanding of the major changes in European cultural life between the Renaissance to Enlightenment.
  4. Acquire skills to undertake independent research in this field using a range of different primary material.
  5. Gain an insight into some of the issues relating to the current preservation and display of Renaissance/Early Modern materials, and different types of research required in fields such as academia, curatorship and cultural management.
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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 Yuthika Sharma
Course secretaryMiss Siobhan Byron
Tel: (0131 6)51 5744
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