Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
Monash Passport categoryInternational Short Field Experience (Explore Program)
OfferedOverseas Summer semester A 2014 (Off-campus Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Peter Howard


This is an international study program that requires an application to be enrolled - see Arts Prato page for further information http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/prato/
Previously coded HSY3860


This intensive course of 4-week's duration departs from Melbourne in mid-November. 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 ATS1316 and ATS1317 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.

Students successfully completing ATS3612 will, in addition:

  1. Be capable of independently devising and executing an advanced research project in the above areas of study, based predominantly on primary sources.


Site visit/tutorial preparation and participation: 10%
Essay related work: 65%
Class test: 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

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


Two gateway units in History or permission.