HIST 305: The Renaissance

HIST 305-001: The Renaissance
(Spring 2023)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Innovation Hall 132

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Section Information for Spring 2023

This course is a survey of the Renaissance, from its origins in late 14th-century Italy to its transmission to northern Europe in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. One emphasis of the course will be the growth and impact of humanism on intellectual life, education, the arts, and politics. Another will be the ways in which humanism both challenged and reinforced the hierarchical, patriarchal, and corporate perceptions of European society. The course will also examine the European overseas expansion and the encounter of other peoples, cultures, and continents. Most of the reading will be from primary texts and images of the period, including a variety of humanist texts on education, politics, and the arts, including Baldassare Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier, Christine de Pisan’s Treasure of the City of Ladies, and Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince and Discourses on Livy. Students will write two short papers written outside class, one based on the required reading and another based on an interactive website using the 1427 tax roll (Catasto) of the city of Florence. The course also has a mid-term and final exam.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Survey considering Renaissance as phenomenon rather than chronological period. Emphasizes growth of humanism in Italy in 14th and 15th centuries, development of new political concepts, and laicization of society. Includes transmission of these developments to transalpine Europe in late 15th and 16th centuries. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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