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MO3029   The Northern Renaissance

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

The Black Death, the Great Schism, and Hundred Years' War transformed Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages. New and dynamic political communities emerged - such as the Low Countries, the Holy Roman Empire, Burgundy, France, and England - which, although connected to the Mediterranean world by trade and culture, expressed their relationship to the Classical world in very different terms. This module will explore the distinctive nature of Northern Europe through themes such as the rise of universities, lay religious movements, court and civic patronage, Christian humanism and the Reformation. Students will read texts by Erasmus and Thomas More and examine the art of van Eyck, Durer, Holbein and Cranach.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

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: Dr M McLean