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Module Details and Regulations


Taught in the spring term, this 15 CATS module is compulsory for those second-year students taking the 'Renaissance and Modern History' pathway of the single-honours History course.


The module supports students' Italian language study and prepares them for their final-year term of study in Venice and for further study.


For full details, click here.

Week 1: Introduction to Renaissance Italy

Week 2: Political and legal sources

Week 3: Literary sources I

Week 4: Literary sources II

Week 5: Visual sources

Week 6: Reading week

Week 7: Framing the research project

Week 8: Supervision of research projects (group workshop)

Week 9: Student presentations of research

Week 10: Student presentations of research

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sources for the study of Renaissance Italy
  • appreciate the practicalities of historical research using Italian sources
  • critically assess a diverse range of primary source material
  • produce a piece of research-based work
  • present a research report to their peers
  • develop competency in using electronic resources

Teaching Arrangements

The module is taught via 7 x 1-hour lectures, and 7 x 1-hour and 2 x 2-hour seminars. Seminar attendance is obligatory.

Lectures are held in B2.02 (Science Concourse) at 10.00 on Fridays in Weeks 1-5 and 7-8 of Term 2.

Seminar Group 1 meets in H2.44 at 12.00 on Fridays in Weeks 1-5 and 7-8 of Term 2.

Seminar Group 2 meets in H0.03 at 1.00 on Fridays in Weeks 1-5 and 7-8 of Term 2.

Student presentations take place in H1.48 from 12.00 to 2.00 on Fridays in Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 2.


The module is assessed by a 4,500-word research report. For the deadline and for details of submission, click here.


Plagiarism is a very serious offence which may lead to failure to obtain any degree. Please read carefully the relevant section in the Second-Year Handbook.