SPAN10130 Hispanic Cultures & Societies

This module introduces students to the study of Spanish society and culture through enquiry-based learning, a student-centred approach that focuses on the acquisition and development of independence of thought, the use and application of research skills, and a focus on excellent presentation skills (oral and written) both on an individual level and in the context … Continue reading SPAN10130 Hispanic Cultures & Societies

ITAL30260 Politics and Morals in Renaissance Italy

When does the Renaissance begin and end? Which is the difference between the ‘Renaissance’ and the ‘Early Modern period’? What do we mean by the notions of ‘Humanism’ and ‘Classicism’? This module primarily aims to enable students to develop an informed understanding of these concepts, their meanings and (different) periodizations. It then introduces the fundamental … Continue reading ITAL30260 Politics and Morals in Renaissance Italy

ITAL20200 Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio: the Three Crowns

Dante Alighieri, Francesco Petrarch and Giovanni Boccaccio are known as the ‘Tre corone’ (the ‘Three Crowns’) of Italian literature. What is the meaning of this expression? And what are the reasons for its use? This module aims to enable students to answer these questions and develop an informed understanding of the life, works and reception … Continue reading ITAL20200 Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio: the Three Crowns

FR30280 Diderot: Creative Iconoclast

Denis Diderot (1713-84), a key inventive figure behind the vast French Enlightenment project 'L'Encyclopedie', was one of the most radical and original writers of 18th-century France. However, this philosophe's ground-breaking works -mainly published posthumously- were composed in a unique pre-revolutionary literary climate when censorship prevailed, silencing innovative, offensive and subversive writings. Typically, his texts play … Continue reading FR30280 Diderot: Creative Iconoclast

SPAN30190 Martyrs and Mystics: Poetry and Prose of the Spanish Golden Age

The Spanish Golden Age saw a remarkable period of cultural growth and innovation in all areas of the arts. Paradoxically, it was also an era in which Spain was gripped by rigged authoritarianism and an obsessive drive towards religious orthodoxy directed by the infamous Spanish Inquisition. This course explores the lives and work of poets … Continue reading SPAN30190 Martyrs and Mystics: Poetry and Prose of the Spanish Golden Age