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Monash University

Master of Renaissance Studies

Course code: 3792 ~ Course abbreviation: MRenSt ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 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. Students will have the opportunity to take at least one unit at Monash University's Prato Centre (visit for details), and will then complete a research project that provides the opportunity to explore a particular aspect of the Renaissance in some depth, while learning skills of research method.

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. a grasp of research methodology and ethics, and an ability to undertake a small, independent research project in one of the disciplines represented in the program.

Minimum pass grade

To graduate with the Masters, students must gain a credit (60 C) or above in core units and a minimum credit average overall.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students complete 72 points as follows:

Core units

  • HYM4075 Studying the Renaissance
  • HYM5035 Renaissance research project (12 points), or HYM5045 Renaissance research project (24 points)

Students would normally undertake the research project in their final semester of study.

Elective units

Students will choose three of the following 12-point electives at level 4, and those who take the research project at 12 points will also take one of the following units at level 5. Note that not all of these units will be offered every year.

Exit points

Students may be offered an exit award of a Graduate Certificate of Arts after successful completion of 24 points, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Renaissance Studies after successful completion of 48 points.

Course coordinator

Dr Carolyn James