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HSY2630 - Renaissance Florence

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Carolyn James


Not offered in 2007


A study of the political, social and cultural history of Florence from the late thirteenth to the early sixteenth centuries, with particular reference to the Renaissance period.


Students successfully completing this subject/unit will be expected to demonstrate:

  1. An acquaintance with the considerable body of knowledge that has been built up about late medieval and Renaissance Florence (in the context of Italian history in general).
  2. A critical understanding of this fascinating society and its historiography.
  3. Enhanced skills in the critical and analytical reading of a variety of texts, including contemporary documents, religious and polemical literature, historical scholarship and visual representations.
  4. The development of the skills to contribute to knowledge about Renaissance Florence.


Tutorial Participation (800 words): 15%
Topic Presentation and essay (1000 words): 15%
Research Essay (1200 words): 30%
Two in-class tests (1.5 hours): 40%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week


A first year sequence in History or permission


HSY3630, HSY2860, HSY3860