Early Modern Venice: Representations and Myths (HIH1586)
|Staff||Fabrizio Bigotti - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks;|
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the rich range of sources available that allows historians to study early modern history, focusing particularly on the city of Venice. By analysing a variety of genres of source, from documentary evidence to works of art and literature, students will learn about the uses and limitations of particular kinds of source, as well as the ways in which different sources can be combined to answer historical questions. When researching source commentaries and presentations students will also have the opportunity to conduct their own research into the source material, to consider its utility and limitations, and use it to explore particular topics and themes. In this way, the module will help students develop skills in source analysis and research that will provide a foundation for future historical work: particularly HIH2001 Doing History and the History dissertation.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Assess the nature of the early modern Republic of Venice, and the myth of Venice.
- 2. Work critically with a range of sources related to early modern Venice.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Identify the problems of using historical sources, e.g. bias, reliability, etc., and to compare the validity of different types of source.
- 4. Answer a question briefly and concisely.
- 5. Present work orally, to respond to questions orally, and to think quickly of questions to ask other students.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Work independently study and within a group, including the presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 7. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment.
- 8. Work with others in a team and to interact effectively with the tutor and the wider group. Ability to write to a very tight word-length.
The course will cover aspects such as: The Venetian Constitution and its longevity; Myths and Counter-myths; Republic and Empire; Shakespeare’s Venice; the Grand Tour; Women’s Venice; Minorities’ Venice.
Almost all the students will be in the first year of their degree programme. Since the aim of this module is to get them to work with primary sources, the first class will take the form of a mini-lecture explaining the basic outlines of the subject, providing a framework into which they can then fit the sources they will be studying, as well as explaining the format that the remaining classes will take: in particular, they will be divided into groups. In subsequent weeks, the class will focus on a particular kind of source, using presentations and group work to explore the source’s uses and limitations.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|SLT||22||seminars 2 hours x 11 weeks|
|GIS||128||Almost all the students will be in the first year of their degree programme. Since the aim of this module is to get them to work with primary sources, the first class will take the form of a mini-lecture explaining the basic outlines of the subject, providing a framework into which they can then fit the sources they will be studying, as well as explaining the format that the remaining classes will take: in particular, they will be divided into groups. In subsequent weeks, the class will have been told, in a|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Group presentation (3-4 students)||10-15 minutes||1-3,5-6 & 8||Oral|
|Lowest mark from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||500 words||1-4,6-8||Mark and written comments|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|4 highest marks from portfolio of 5 source commentaries||60||2000 words (500 per commentary) (15% per commentary)||1-4,6-8||Mark and written comments|
|Essay on Sources||40||1500 words||1-4,6-8||Mark and written comments|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|4 highest marks of portfolio of 5 source commentaries||4 highest marks of portfolio of 5 source commentaries||1-4,6-8||Referral/Deferral period|
|1500-word essay||1500-word essay||1-4,6-8||Referral/Deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Thomas Coryat, Crudities, (London, 1978).
D. Chambers and B. Pullan eds., Venice: a documentary history, 1450-1630, (Oxford, 1992).
F.C Lane, Venice, a maritime republic, (Baltimore, 1973).
Module has an active ELE page?
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
Early modern history, Venice, Italy, travel, art, letters, cultural history