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Monash University

Postgraduate Diploma in Renaissance Studies

Course code: 3791 ~ Course abbreviation: PGradDipRenSt ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

Students will consider what the Renaissance was and examine its different aspects, with an emphasis on Italy but with attention to the wider dissemination of Renaissance culture. The approach is interdisciplinary and students will learn about the historical background to the Renaissance and about the art, literature and architecture of the period.

Course objectives

Students successfully completing this course will have: 1. a sound knowledge of diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. an understanding of the world view of the field of study; 3. a critical appreciation of the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. advanced analytical skills; 7. advanced skills relating to the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Students complete 48 points, including one 12-point core unit and three 12-point elective units.

Course requirements

Core unit

Elective units

  • ENM4700 Drama of the age of Shakespeare
  • HYM4115 Private and public voices in Renaissance correspondence
  • HYM4330 Cultures of devotion in Renaissance Italy
  • HYM4690 Rome, the papacy and the world
  • HYM4840 Text and community in Renaissance Italy
  • MUM4040 Medieval and Renaissance music
  • or one other approved 12-point unit

Exit points

There are no alternative exit points from this course.


Students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Renaissance Studies may transfer to the masters program provided they have obtained credits in the five core units and an overall credit average.

Course coordinator

Dr Carolyn James