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Early Modern Exchanges: Methods, Histories, Cultures

Code: ARTFGE01
Value: 30 credits
Tutor: Taught by a variety of tutors (changes year on year)
Time & Location: Wednesdays, 12am - 2pm, B30, 25 Gordon Square (except weeks 4 and 5 in Term 2)
The first term is assessed through a 4000 word annotated bibliography / literature review defining a subject area that will become the focus of the dissertation. The second term will be assessed by one 4000 word essay.

Module Description: The first term is devoted to deepening students' understanding of this crucial period and enhancing their research skills, developing critical, conceptual and historiographical awareness, alongside paleography, bibliography and book history skills. This will enhance students' ability to work with early modern images, material culture and historical sources. This term will provide training in skills critical for research, enabling students to work with manuscripts, early printed books, letters, state papers and so on as well asĀ  introducing research methodologies relevant to the object of study (text, image, object or historical source).

In the second term students examine a variety of early modern European literatures, histories and cultures and think about the range and diversity of approaches, methodologies and subjects crucial to an understanding of the early modern world.

In addition students take two options in each term or two options over both terms (worth 15 or 30 credits each to a total of 60 credits), as well as doing a 18,000 word dissertation (90 credits).

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Medieval Options

There are a vast array of complementary Medieval Options available offered through the Medieval and Renaissance Studies MA programme. They are subject to availability and at the discretion of the convenor and course tutors.