Monash has long been at the forefront of teaching and research in medieval and Renaissance history in Australia. With our centre at Prato in Italy, and our overseas partner universities, we offer a unique opportunity to pair academic study with travel to Europe.
Why pursue this area of study? The medieval and renaissance period generated the cultures and codes which pervade our Western civilization, and inspires and feeds much of our cultural imagination (from the Da Vinci Code to video games). The process of learning also develops a range of skills relevant to challenging careers. For example, Kate McGrath (honours in renaissance history, 1999) is currently news chief of staff for the Channel 9 network; Justine Heazlewood (MA in renaissance history) is Keeper of Public Records at the Public Record Office of Victoria.
We offer a pathway in this study area from an introductory first year through to postgraduate research. Units are coordinated by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, which is located at both Monash Clayton and the Monash University Centre in Prato.
Pursuing Medieval & Renaissance History
We offer a range of units in medieval and renaissance history. Students pursuing this area of study are also encouraged to consider units in related areas, e.g. Latin and other relevant languages, units in ancient cultures, units in religious studies.
Note, the required citation style for all medieval & renaissance history units is either Chicago or MHRA. The full styles guide are here: Chicago style guide or MHRA style guide. Whichever you choose, always be consistent.
Units in Medieval and Renaissance History:
- ATS1316 Medieval Europe (offered each year in first semester)
- ATS1317 Renaissance Europe (offered each year in second semester)
- ATS2603 The Age of Crusades: Cultures and Societies
- ATS2602 Renaissance Italy
- ATS2612 The Renaissance in Florence (taught in even years) *
- ATS2932: Struggles for justice: The history of rebellion, resistance and revolt (Cornerstone **)
- ATS2957 Medieval Italy: Sites of Encounter (taught in odd years) *
- ATS2579 Witches and Depravity in the Medieval and Early Modern World
- ATS3078 From the fall of Rome to the millennium: The world of the early Middle Ages
- ATS3080 Remembering the past (Capstone **)
- ATS3288 Renaissance Rome: The papacy and the world
- ATS3573 The Renaissance Codes: Art Magic and Belief
- ATS3589 Medieval & Early Modern Britain
- ATS3612 The Renaissance in Florence (taught in even years) *
- ATS3957 Medieval Italy: Sites of Encounter (taught in odd years) *
* Note: this is a 12-point unit taught in Prato. Enrolment is WES-barred, and will take place manually around the end of semester one. If you are interested, contact the unit coordinator as early as possible in semester one to secure your place in the unit.
**This unit is not exclusively a medieval/renaissance history unit but includes a substantial medieval module.
Units Taught in Prato
A highlight of studying Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Monash is the opportunity to take an undergraduate unit at the Monash University Centre in Prato Italy.
Our two Medieval and Renaissance History units available in Prato (alternate years) are:
- ATS2957 / ATS3957 Medieval Italy: Sites of Encounter (in odd years)
- ATS2612 / ATS3612 The Renaissance in Florence (in even years)
For those continuing to honours or Masters level there is the following unit, taught in Prato/Florence in conjunction with members of the Prato Consortium for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (the universities of Arizona, Durham, Edinburgh, London/Queen Mary College, Toronto and the State Archives of Prato, with Monash as the hub):
- ATS4311 / APG4311 / APG5311 Text and Community in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Complementary units in other Schools & Centres
- ATS1322 Conflict and coexistence 1: Jews, Christians and Muslims from antiquity through the middle ages
- ATS2271 Beowulf: An Interdisciplinary Approach
- ATS2492 Shakespeare and Renaissance literature
- ATS3486 Renaissance literature: Power and desire
- ATS4289 Medieval dialogues: Reason, mysticism and society
- Spend November-December in Tuscany learning in depth about the Renaissance in Florence with ATS2162 / ATS3162. Expressions of interest close soon! More details here Read more
- Applications now open for the intensive unit ATS2/3612 The Renaissance in Florence, taught at the Prato campus in Nov-Dec 2016 Read more
- The Library is trialing access to the Dictionary of Renaissance Latin from Prose Sources until 25 September 2015. Have a look and tell us what you think! Click here for access (NB. Authcate login required) Read more
- Up to 3 scholarships are available to provide postgraduate students at an Australian or New Zealand university the chance to undertake research in Italy in 2016 Read more
- Now’s the time to register your interest for summer unit Dante’s Medieval World in Nov-Dec 2015. Read more
- Register your interest now for the summer unit ‘Dante’s Medieval World’ in Prato, Italy, November 15-December 15, 2013. Read more