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

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 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.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 278

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof F Andrews