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ME3214 Italian City States: from Communes to Signorie c. 1000- c. 1350

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:See

The aim of this module is to explore the changing nature and impact of urban life in a moment of great creativity in Italy, tracing the transition from the first appearance of the Communes to government by individual lords or 'Signorie'. Topics covered will include: urban growth and the origins of the Commune, the character of Communal government, expansion into the Contado, the development of faction, the first despots, civil life, guilds and merchants, patron saints and confraternities, violence and civil disorder. The reading will be from primary sources in translation whenever possible.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for History, Mediaeval History, Mediaeval History & Archaeology, Mediaeval Studies and BA (Intl Hons) History.

UG Pre-requisite(s):60 credits from ME1003, ME1006, ME2003, HI2001, MH2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 278

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof F Andrews
Module teaching staff:Prof F Andrews