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ITA3240 - Renaissance Italy

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Carolyn James


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Students will consider what the Renaissance was and examine different aspects of the important social, cultural and cultural changes that occurred in Italy from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries. The approach is interdisciplinary and students will engage in critical discussion of literary, visual and other texts to learn about the relationship between the urban context of early modern Italy and cultural production, especially works of literature. There will be an emphasis on the representations of gender in the prescribed texts and on its relation to the socio-political status of women and men in the period.


On successfully completing this unit students will be expected to have developed:

  1. A knowledge of the philosophical, religious, political and social context of Renaissance Italy.
  2. An understanding of the tensions between prescriptive gender norms and literary or social challenges to convention.
  3. The ability to respond imaginatively and critically to texts whose conventions and traditions may be very different from modern genres of writing.
  4. The ability to apply different critical approaches to Renaissance texts
  5. The ability to argue, interpret and analyse coherently both in written work and orally in seminar discussion.
  6. The ability to formulate a research topic and critically assess relevant bibliography.


Research essay (2,000 words) : 40%
Exam (1,000 words) : 30%
Presentation of essay topic and written literature review (1,000 words) : 20%
Tutorial presentation and written summary of argument (500 words) : 10%

Contact hours

One x 1 hr lecture/week


First year sequence


ITA2240 or HSY2025/3025 or HSY2630/3630