This course is built on the following two assumptions:
The objective of this course is both historical and historiographical—historical in that we will examine the events, trends, and key personages of the Renaissance, and historiographical in that we will examine how historians have understood and depicted this period, what its relationship is to the modern world, and how these views have changed over time. By the end of the course, you should be able to
You will need the following texts to successfully complete the course:
In addition, I recommend that you watch these films:
Self Check questions help you prepare for the quizzes and exams; they are not graded, so you can practice as much as you need to without worrying about losing points.
At the end of every lesson, you will complete a quiz over the lesson material. These quizzes are open-book and are made up of four to eight questions drawn from the readings for that lesson. The objective of the quizzes is to help you focus your reading and identify whether you have mastered each lesson’s key points.
At the end of lesson 2, you will take a quiz on the sequence of several important historical events as part of the quiz for the lesson. The objective of this quiz is to familiarize you with the sequence of historic events in Italy, not to force you to memorize dates.
At the end of lesson 2, you will also take a quiz on the cities and regions in Italy as part of the quiz for the lesson. The objective of this quiz is to familiarize you with the geographical and political landscape you will be studying.
At the conclusion of lesson 6, you will take an art quiz as part of the lesson quiz. The quiz will be derived from the images of art, sculpture, and architecture which you will study during the course of the lesson. The quiz requires you to identify the work of art, its author, and its date of completion.
You will write three essays of 6-7 pages each on questions related to important aspects of the course material. Of those 6-7 pages one will be a title page and one will be a bibliography. See lessons 4, 8, and 10 for the essay prompts and details. These essays will be based on your readings but will involve some additional research. To make sure that I can open and read your essays, please save them as Word .doc or .docx files. You must earn a passing grade on all three essays to earn credit for the course.
The midcourse exam includes a selection of short-answer questions and essay questions drawn from all course materials covered in the first five lessons. The exam is proctored and is closed book but has no time limit.
The final exam is identical in format to the midcourse exam. It includes a selection of short-answer questions and essay questions drawn from all course materials.
The focus is primarily on material you study in the second half of the course (since the midcourse exam), but it does draw on your knowledge of all the concepts you have learned. The exam is proctored and closed book, but has no time limit.
Your grade in this course is based on the following items:
|10 Lesson Quizzes (2% each)||20%|
|3 Essays (10% each)||30%|
Your letter grade is based on this scale.
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