What is the course about?
This one-day course will introduce you to this fascinating book which allows us to understand how the upper echelons of Renaissance Italy operated. We will read and discuss extracts and consider its relevance in today's society.
What will we cover?
We will look at the various topics introduced by Machiavelli's Prince, the first political treatise written in vernacular Italian that views politics as a science and introduced the word "machiavellian" in English. We will also try to dispel the myths that were created around the book.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe the key themes of the text
- Have a greater understanding of the environment that led Machiavelli to write the book
- Appreciate the literary value of the text in a modern English translation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and does not require any knowledge of Italian or previous readings about the texts.
However, a good grasp of English is necessary to make the most of the session and to fully appreciate the themes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The session will be a mixture of tutor-led lecture combined with group discussion, readings and opportunities to ask questions. Some group or pair activities will be included. A further reading list will be provided at the end.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Extracts from the books will be provided by the tutor - the reference edition will be Niccolo' Machiavelli, The Prince, translated by Tim Parks (London: Penguin, 2011). Bring writing material if you wish to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other literature class. Please check our website under History, Culture and Writing at www.citylit.ac.uk for more information.