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HSY2860 - The Renaissance in Florence

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Peter Howard


Overseas Summer semester A 2007 (Off-campus)


This intensive course of 4-week's duration departs from Melbourne in mid-November every second year (i.e. 2007, 2009, 2011). It involves interdisciplinary study, conducted in the city itself, 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 who have not passed HSY1010 and HSY1020 should do the preliminary reading with great care.


Students successfully completing this unit will be expected to demonstrate: 1. A knowledge of the city of Florence itself - including
its churches, palaces, museums, piazzas, monuments and streets - as an artefact of its complex history. 2. The development of the requisite
skills to interpret the Renaissance aspects of that artefact within an historical framework. 3. Enhanced skills in the critical and analytical reading
of a variety of texts, including contemporary documents, religious and polemical literature, historical scholarship, physical monuments and visual
representations. 4. 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). 5. A critical understanding of this fascinating society and its historiography. 6. The ability to
use this knowledge (1, 3, 4, 5) and these skills (2) as a capital source for contributing to an understanding of the Renaissance city, its society
and culture.


One prepared Site visit (5% for verbal presentation [equiv. 500 words of assessment]
15%, 1500 words) (2000 words): 20%;
Tutorial /Group exercise (500 words): 10%;
ocumnet exercise (1500 words):
Journal exam (2000 words): 25%

Contact hours

Intensive lectures, tutorials and field trips for 35 hours per week, over 1 month (November/December)


A first-year sequence in History or permission


HSY2630/3630, HSY3860