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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Medieval & Renaissance Studies)

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  • Objectives
    Students who complete the postgraduate diploma should: * gain expertise equivalent to an honours degree in a particular specialist area of study. * develop an understanding of methodological and theoretical approaches at an advanced level in the discipline. * acquire knowledge of the background necessary to proceed to research work in medieval and renaissance studies * develop an ability to proceed to original work in the subject; * acquire the formal qualifications necessary to proceed to Masters level work.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Medieval & Renaissance Studies)
  • Course description
        * Thesis 12,000 words (37.5 points)
        * 1 core subject (12.5 points)
        * 4 elective subjects (50 points)

    Total 100 points - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    Thesis subject

    Depending on area of specialisation, students enrol in one of the following thesis subjects:

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points
    106-509  English Thesis
    Topics selected in consultation with the coordinator.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    106-512  Cultural Studies Thesis
    Topics selected in consultation with the coordinator.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    107-520  Art History Thesis
    Students are required to write a thesis of 12 000 words on a topic approved by the supervisor.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    131-505  History Thesis
    An approved thesis topic selected in consultation with the fourth-year coordinator.     Semester 1, Semester 2     37.50

    Core subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    131-418  Historical Theory and Research
    This subject explores a range of social theories and methodologies which have influenced the writing of history since the Enlightenment, including empiricism, Marxism, cultural history, postcolonialism, feminism and poststructuralism. The subject als...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-503  Research Methods and Design     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-401  Research Principles and Practices
    This subject is designed to equip students with the comprehensive skills necessary for the successful construction and completion of intellectually sophisticated and commercially competitive research projects. This subject constitutes a detailed but ...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    106-405  Anthologies of Anglo-Saxon Poetry     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-414  Medieval Representations     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    106-467  Latin Paleography and Codicology
    Students taking this subject will study textual criticism; the elements of codicology and paleography; and examples of the major European bookhands in the Middle Ages. They will complete exercises in transcription and learn to implement their new edi...     Semester 1     12.50

    107-449  Architecture and the Visual Imagination     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-456  Roman Didactic Poetry     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-457  Roman Novel     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-467  Renaissance and Baroque Rome 1450-1750
    This subject considers the city of Rome both from an urbanistic perspective, and in terms of the art and architectural history of its monuments. The subject aims to develop an understanding of the form and history of the Renaissance and baroque city,...     Summer     25

    107-482  Advanced Ancient Greek C     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    107-483  Advanced Ancient Greek D     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-704  The Medieval and Renaissance Body
    This seminar explores the ways in which medieval and Renaissance people gave meaning to the idea of the body. We will explore such topics as fragmented bodies and the cult of saints; the gendering of the body; medieval and Renaissance perceptions of ...     Semester 1     12.50

    116-418  To Hell with Dante     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    116-419  Italian Language in Focus Advanced     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    116-462  Italian Past and Present     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    131-423  Medieval Manuscripts & Early Print
    This interdisciplinary advanced seminar will explore some of the key features and themes of manuscript and print cultures in Central and Western Europe from the 13th to 17th centuries, a time of radical change in communication technology and of major...     Semester 2     12.50

    131-434  Reading Course
    This subject involves a study of theoretical, empirical or historiographical issues broadly related to the thesis topic and conducted through extensive reading, decided by the student in conjunction with the supervisor. The subject should enhance the...     Semester 1, Semester 2     12.50

    131-454  Art, Family & Politics: The Renaissance     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    740-409  Early Music Theory and Practice     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

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