Machiavelli and Renaissance Italy (ITLN3662)


This unit studies Machiavelli as a political strategist, writer, philosopher and observer of his time. Discussion of his and other authors' works will enlighten the social and cultural conditions of literary production, the ideas and debates surrounding philosophy and politics, and topics including sexuality, ethics, the self, and the classical tradition during the Renaissance. This approach aims to provide historical grounding for important issues in contemporary culture.

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1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week


1x1000wd research bibliography (10%), 1x3500wd research essay (35%), 2x500wd total short answer tests (30%), 1x1000wd class presentation (15%), class participation (10%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Senior credit points in at least one of European Studies, European, Middle Eastern or Classical Languages or Studies, Asian Studies, Government, History, Ancient History, Philosophy or Studies in Religion.

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