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UG Study in the Renaissance Centre

New UG Modules for 2019-20 delivered by the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance

Module code: RS200-15 (Year 2 students) and RS300-15 (Year 3 students)

Module Title: Renaissance Europe I: Foundations and Forms

Term/Day/Time: Term 1, Monday, 3-5pm

Assessment method:

Yr 2 students - 1 x 3500-word essay chosen from a list of given titles. 100%

Yr 3 students - 1 x 4000–4500 word essay, on a freely chosen topic determined in consultation with the module convenors and/or tutors.

This is the first of two linked (15-CAT) interdisciplinary UG modules on Renaissance Europe. It offers foundational material to the period and to the methodology employed by different disciplines, first by looking at what the main models of the Renaissance were in various fields, how these have been critically interpreted, and what their effect has been on later periods; and secondly by studying some of the forms through which the Renaissance expressed itself culturally and underlining the importance of considering both written and visual or material sources together (and, indeed, in a mutually informative way). The module is taught by tutors from various departments/disciplines (History; Art History; Classics; Modern Languages; English and Comparative Literature).

Outline Syllabus

Week 1: Introduction

Models and influence

Week 2: Greece, Rome, and beyond

Week 3: The Christian tradition

Week 4: Italian and European Humanism (Erasmus)

Week 5: Inventing the Renaissance: from Vasari to Burckhardt

Week 6: Reading Week

Texts, Art, and Artefacts

Week 7: Renaissance drama / Renaissance Poetry and Poetics

Week 8: Letters and letter-writing

Week 9: Renaissance painting

Week 10: Botanical treatises

Module code: RS201-15 (Year 2 students) and RS301-15 (Year 3 students)

Module Title: Renaissance Europe II: Movement, Revolution, and Conflict

Term/Day/Time: Term 2, Monday, 3-5pm

Assessment method:

Yr 2 students - 1 x 3500-word essay chosen from a list of given titles. 100%

Yr 3 students - 1 x 4000–4500 word essay, on a freely chosen topic determined in consultation with the module convenors and/or tutors.

 

This is the second of two linked (15-CAT) interdisciplinary UG modules on Renaissance Europe. It develops the framework introduced in the first part (which will be helpful but not mandatory) by looking at three specific themes, to do with places and travel, ‘revolutions’, and conflicts in the period. It underlines the variety and change of the period (implicit in the term ‘Renaissance’) and challenges students to think critically about the notions of continuity and discontinuity in the past. The module is taught by tutors from various departments/disciplines (History; Art History; Classics; Modern Languages; English and Comparative Literature).

 

Outline Syllabus

Place, Movement, and Travel

Week 1: Localism and internationalism: students, merchants, and writers

Week 2: Inns

Week 3: Libraries and the circulation of books

‘Revolutions’

Week 4: Technology, science, and medicine

Week 5: Revolutionizing art

Week 6: Reading Week

Week 7: Luther and Co.: reformers or revolutionaries?

Conflicts and Subversion

Week 8: The ‘disputa delle arti’

Week 9: Political and social upheavals

Week 10: Authority, conformity, and control

 More specific aims are:

  • to introduce students to the historical and cultural development of Europe in the Renaissance period
  • to help students develop a critical understanding of how the period has been and is interpreted by scholars in different fields
  • to extend students’ knowledge of and ability to work with a variety of different sources, including textual, visual, and material
  • to enhance students’ capacity for effective information-gathering, research, and writing
  • knowledge of historical and cultural development in Renaissance Europe
  • critical thinking about the period from different subject perspectives
  • understanding of the historiography undergirding the study of the Renaissance
  • familiarity with different kinds of sources and their context
  • subject-specific research skills

To register your interest or let us know that you would like a place (whilst we wait for the module codes to be produced) do please drop us a line on renaissance@warwick.ac.uk

For more specific course content information, please contact either our Director of Studies Dr Marco Nievergelt (m.nievergelt@warwick.ac.uk) or Director of the Centre Prof David Lines (d.a.lines@warwick.ac.uk)