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On completion of the module students should be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of the principal events of Florentine history in the Middle Ages
- Critique relevant primary sources in translation.
- Identify themes and engage with debates in the modern historiography of Florence.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the spatial development of Florence inthe period studies and of the significance of the principal buildings and monuments of the city.
- Participate effectively and contribute knowledgably to class discussions .
- Produce in-depth and scholarly written work on an aspect of Florentine history.
Weekly ( 1 hour)
The lectures provide an outline of Florentine history c.1200-1400 which is designed to give context to the primary sources that are studied in seminar.
Weekly ( 2 hours)
Selected readings from primary sources will be discussed in each seminar. Reading for the seminars will be assigned in advance and posted on Brightspace. Further details of the primary source material and relevant further reading will accompany each seminar.
1. The origins of Florence: myth and reality
2. Guelfs and Ghibellines: honour , feud and struggles for power 1200-1270
3. The Popolo: government by the guilds 1250-1300
4. Florentine territorial expansion in Tuscany 1220-1320
5. Blacks and Whites: the culmination of factionalism 1290-1300
6. Florence in ‘good and happy state’: the apogee of the medieval city 1300-1330
7. Florence and the first crash in the history of Western capitalism 1330-1350
8. The Black Death: a biological catastrophe 1348-1370
9. The Ciompi revolt: guild republicanism on the brink 1378-82
10. Civic Humanism and the revival of Antiquity 1350-1400
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Seminar (or Webinar)||
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Contribution to online Discussion Board on Brightspace.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: 4000 word essay. Choice of topic from a list of available titles related to the module themes prepared by module coordinator in consultation with class.||Week 12||n/a||Graded||No||
|Journal: A weekly academic diary of learning acquired on the module ( 400 word minimum).||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
- Feedback on Learning Journals given online in VLE and through one-to-one meetings by appointment throughout the semester. - Feedback of draft assignments prior to summative assessments given online in VLS and through one-to-one meetings by appointment. - Peer review of essays ( consultation on essay titles and group work on essay plans) is conducted in class.