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The Renaissance in Italy (HIST30006)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeHIST30006
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject seeks to engage and excite students in an interactive series of ‘lectorials' which examine the social, political, and cultural history of the many central and northern Italian cities which participated in the culture known as the Renaissance. With special case studies of Florence and Venice, major themes explored are: politics and urbanisation; art, architecture and patronage; religion and popular beliefs; the family and gender roles; luxury and consumption; humanism and education. Throughout students will be encouraged to reflect on the meaning and usefulness of the term ‘Renaissance’ as an historical construct. Students should complete this subject with a well-rounded picture of the Renaissance as a social and cultural context, which has left a profound impact upon the culture of the west in the succeeding centuries, including our own.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this subject should be able to:

  • gain a deep understanding of the social, political and cultural aspects of the Renaissance;
  • acquire an understanding of the role of the city states of Florence and Venice in particular in the cultures of the Renaissance;
  • reflect critically on periodization in History, and on the term Renaissance as an historical construct;
  • analyse primary and secondary sources in constructing historical arguments;
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources; and
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing, online journal forums, and class discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 1 x 750 word reflective journal due during the semester (15%)
  • 1 x digital storytelling journal due during the semester (750 equivalent words) (40%)
  • A 2500 word research essay due during the examination period (45%)

Hurdle requirement:

  • Students must attend a minimum of 75% of the lectorials in order to pass this subject.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day. After five days late assessment will not be marked. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorCatherine Kovesi
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours: 12 x 2 hour weekly lectorials. Lectorials are in an engaging and interactive mode of teaching, combining lectures and tutorial discussion.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

Last updated: 10 August 2019