The Renaissance was an era of cultural, political, scientific and intellectual explosion in Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It represents one of the most significant eras in human development and can be seen as the foundation of the modern world. In this one semester course, students examine the causes, themes and outcomes of the era. This includes a study of the role of merchants and trade in generating wealth and new ideas and an analysis of the way in which city-states and rulers competed to use the arts to assert their power and prestige. Specific studies include the role of leaders and rival families such as the Medici and the Borgias, and the development of cities such as Florence, Venice and Rome. Students also examine the nature of humanist ideas, their expression in architecture and the visual arts through key individuals such as da Vinci, Michelangelo and Donatello. This course provides students with the opportunity to build and develop historical and critical thinking skills crucial to the study of History in Years 11 and 12, including the Twentieth Century, Revolutions, Global Politics and particularly Classical Studies.

1. History Journals/Folders (20%)
2. Research Assignment (40%)
3. Examination (40%)


Group 3 - History
Year 11 and 12 - IB

Year 11 and 12 - VCE

Global Politics
Year 12 - VCE

Classical Studies
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

History (Australian Curriculum)
Timbertop - Year 9

Middle School - Years 5 to 8