Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Peter Howard


Previously coded HSY2630


A study of the political, social and cultural history of the Italian city from the late thirteenth to the early sixteenth centuries, with particular reference to the Renaissance period. Case studies will be selected from Rome, Florence, Milan, Venice, Naples or one of the northern courts, such as Mantua or Ferrara.


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 the late medieval and Renaissance Italian city (in the context of Italian history in general).
  2. A critical understanding of the case study's urban society and its historiography.
  3. An understanding of the Italian city in this period as a space of cultural encounter.
  4. 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.
  5. The development of the skills to contribute to knowledge about the Renaissance - city through the development of a research project and essay.


Essay-related work: 50%
Class-related written and oral work: 30%
One in-class test (50 minutes): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A first year sequence in History or permission