Study history where it happened


Archaeology in Italy

This unit aims to introduce students to the diverse range of methods employed within archaeology to explore and present the ancient cultures of Italy. Study will commence at Clayton campus and then transfer to Prato Italy, where seminars and field trips will investigate the core issues in studying the past.


Medieval Italy: Sites of encounter 

This unit explores medieval Italy from the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries as a site of encounter between a range of religious and cultural traditions: Islam, Judaism and both Latin and Greek Christianity, all sharing a common debt to classical antiquity. The unit is taught in Prato, but involves travel to various locations in Italy.


Text and community in Medieval and Renaissance Italy 

This Intense 5 days course is for those who want to think more deeply about how historians make medieval history. It brings together leading prize winner scholars from all over the world and students will have the opportunity to interact with those at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Video: Unit coordinator Peter Howard talks about the unit

Honours student Kate Aldred reports on what it’s like to take this unit.


The Renaissance in Florence 

The Renaissance in Florence places the extraordinary cultural flowering of the Florentine Renaissance in its historical context from a social, political, religious and cultural perspective. The course combines formal lectures and discussion in tutorials with lectures on site to follow the Renaissance from its earliest beginnings in the society of the Medieval Tuscan city-states to its climax in the 15th and early 16th centuries

Video: Unit coordinator Peter Howard talks about the unit


Inscribing Italy: Travel and Imaginings 

This unit maps the roots and routes of English-language travel in Italy, from the aristocratic travel of the English Renaissance, to the Grand Tourists of the twentieth century, to the rise of middle-class tourism and the travel genre in the nineteenth century, to the mass tourism and cyber travel of today.

Arts in Prato – Inscribing Italy


War , Media and Memory: Resistance and Massacre in Second World War Italy 

We consider how forms of remembrance intersect with national/ideological imperatives articulated through censorship and propaganda policies, examining how the remembrance of conflict has been shaped by a combination of political imperative, ideological commitment and technical possibility. The unit will have a specific focus on World War 2, the Italian Resistance, and the massacre of civilians in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.

Video: Unit coordinator Kevin Foster talks about the unit


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