HIS41910 Renaissance Europe

Academic Year 2023/2024

This is the first semester core course for the Graduate Diploma in History Programme. It is an intensive module with three principal objectives.

1) To develop your sensitivity to historiography. The nominal focus of the module is the rich period of Renaissance Europe, but the module seeks to develop a far broader sense of the range of different approaches to history, and some of the factors that have shaped the way in which scholars have approached the past.
2) To develop your ability to work with and engage with a significant corpus of texts and ideas.
3) To develop the critical skills required for graduate-level history. There will be a strong focus on how to write in an engaging and critical fashion, as well as how to hone research skills essential for independent investigation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, you should have developed critical graduate-level skills, such as the ability to read your way into an historical topc and to appreciate the different and shifting perspectives which have shaped its study. You should also be more confident in summarising key arguments and offering a considered assessment of key strengths and weaknesses. More generally, the course should equip you with key research skills essential for independent investigation, and experience of writing academic history.

Indicative Module Content:

What is History?
The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860)
Presentations on First Research Essays (Historiographical)
The Early Reformation
Calvin's Geneva
Anthropology and History: Religious Violence
Print Culture
Presentations on second research essays (Historiographical)
Graduate research project presentations

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Much of the work on this module will be autonomous learning, but we will meet weekly for 2 hour seminars. The focus of the module is on developing key skills used by professional historians. The seminars will involve discussion and debate; there will be student-led presentations too. Active-learning is critical. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Attendance: Attendance and contribution Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Book Review Unspecified n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay 2 Week 12 n/a Graded No


Essay: Essay 1 Week 4 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

You will receive weekly feedback on your class diaries. You will receive written and/or oral feedback on draft or drafts of essay 1 prior to final submission. You will receive written feedback post-assessment on all submitted work.