Renaissance Italy (HSTY2647)


This unit uses a special study of Florence to investigate the extraordinary cultural flowering that occurred in Italy between the 14th and 16th centuries. Major themes embrace parallel developments in Venice, Rome, Siena and other city-states; the social context of art; neighbourhood; community; gender; sexuality; the family; poverty; rebellion; religion; and intellectual life. Students use a wide variety of textual and visual sources to critique the concept of the Renaissance, its modern image and its impact on our own age.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x500wd bibliography (10%), 1x500wd Essay outline (10%), 1x2500wd Essay (50%), 1x1hr exam (20%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

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Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points of History or Ancient History



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