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IT904 - The Shapes of Knowledge in Early Modern Italy

  • Module code: IT904
  • Module name: The Shapes of Knowledge in Early Modern Italy
  • Department: Italian Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to explore how disciplines such as poetry, painting, theology, philosophy, and music are constructed and valorized as forms of knowledge in late medieval and Renaissance Italy. What factors are involved in such constructions? What are the various relationships between these different disciplines? How do they borrow and distinguish themselves from one another? How and for what reasons do their interrelationships evolve and change over time? These are the principal questions that will form the core of this module as you study a wide range of interconnected topics.

Principal learning outcomes

A detailed understanding of competing and complementary forms of understanding and intellectual expression in Italy between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries. Knowledge of key intellectual movements and schools in the period.

Timetabled teaching activities

One seminar of one and a half hours per week. Seminars on Tuesday afternoon at Birmingham and Thursday afternoon at Warwick.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: IT904-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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