ATS1317 - Renaissance worlds: Conflict, art, invention - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit


Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Carolyn James


Associate Professor Carolyn James

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


This unit examines European society from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century. It analyses the cultural, religious, intellectual and political developments that characterised Europe in this period, such as self-conscious efforts to revive the Classical past, artistic and political patronage, gendered social expectations, debates about religious and scientific truths, and early European encounters with the 'New World'. The unit also considers the history and significance of the concept of the 'Renaissance', and its impact on understandings of both modernity and the pre-modern past.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have developed competencies in:

  1. Understanding major themes of Renaissance European history;
  2. Interpreting and discussing critically documents and artefacts from the Renaissance period;
  3. Evaluating the arguments of historians about Renaissance society;
  4. Recognising and discussing critically the stereotypes conjured up by the term 'renaissance';
  5. Identifying and evaluating resources relevant to a historical question;
  6. Planning and constructing clear written arguments;
  7. Delivering oral presentations.


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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