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This intensive four-week study abroad subject will be taught in Venice between the end of November and December and focuses on the social and cultural spaces of Venice (real, imaginary, or interpreted): how these spaces were used, represented, and understood in early modern Venice. The subject will also explore how these private and public spaces were used in the early modern production of communication, information, and culture. Field trips to several sites and museums will provide students with the basic skills needed to work on fifteenth-century primary sources. On completion of this subject, students should have acquired an understanding of the use of languages and places in early modern Venice. Students will also be able to gain a basic knowledge of production and reception of culture and communication in early modern Venice and Europe.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to interpret and analyse a range of texts and cultural materials within their historical context;
- be able to communicate effectively in a variety of formats, in order to appreciate Italy’s cultural and historical development;
- have acquired relevant analytical and research skills, including those needed to carry out research in Italian libraries;
- be able to appreciate Italian culture and history by studying a range of critical texts and cultural materials;
- be able to engage critically and constructively with issues of history and social development and expressions while in-country;
- be able to independently apply a range of learning techniques in order to effectually process information about language and texts in the early modern world;
- have developed an openness to the world and an awareness of critical cultural and historical contexts.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have gained an understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of Italian culture, and by formulating arguments;
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
- have gained skills in public speaking and confidence in self-expression through tutorial participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 1 March 2024