ATS2602 - Renaissance Italy - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit



Associate Professor Peter Howard

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.