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HSY1020 - Renaissance Europe

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Carolyn James


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


The social and cultural history of Western Europe from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, especially the Italian Renaissance and the spread of its influence in northern Europe in the sixteenth century. Themes include humanism, art and patronage, gender, discovery of the New World, science, political and religious changes in the later Middle Ages, and the dissemination of the civilisation of the Renaissance in Western Europe.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Acquired and demonstrated an understanding of the structure of Renaissance European society as it evolved between c.1400 and 1650.
  2. Considered critically different ways developed by historians of looking at renaissance society.
  3. Become familiar with the major changes which took place in society, the Church and in political institutions between 1400 and 1650, and be able to discuss why these changes took place.
  4. Learned how to interpret and discuss critically documents from the renaissance period, provided in translation, setting them in their social context.
  5. Learned to relate visual evidence, in particular architecture, to wider changes in renaissance society and intellectual life.
  6. Be able to discuss critically and in an informed fashion stereotypes conjured up by the term 'renaissance'.


Essay (1500 words): 40%
In-class tests (2 x 1 hour): 45%
Class participation (3 x 300 words): 15%

Contact hours

3 hours (2 lectures and 1 tutorial) per week