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Course Code: HUMN530 Course ID: 3527 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

HUMN530 provides an overview of major works of the Renaissance, and offers a detailed study of its primary thinkers. Issues include the birth of rationalism, individualism, skepticism, and emergent secularism. Questions address the inherent tensions between intellectual tradition and change, and the increasing dominance of the sphere of science. Readings for this course include: Petrarch's Selections from the Canzoniere and Other Works; Elizabeth I’s Poems; John Donne's Selected Poems; Machiavelli's The Prince; Francois Rabelais' Gargantua and Pantagruel; Michael de Montaigne's Essays; Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra's Don Quixote; Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus; Shakespeare's Sonnets and The Tempest; Edmund Spenser’s “Letter to Raleigh” and The Mutabilitie Cantos.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

APUS policy implies that graduate courses stress development of the student's ability to research, reason, and write in a scholarly way, aiming at the higher order cognitive skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and defense of logic and conclusions. Course learning objectives are established accordingly, and instructional techniques are used to achieve them.

  • Develop a comparative timeline for the Early Modern World.
  • Evaluate and assess various literary achievements produced during the Early Modern Period.
  • Develop responses to forum posts that demonstrate syntopical or comparative reading comprehension and synthesis, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
  • Synthesize the concepts in this course with independent research to produce graduate level essays. Essays should demonstrate an ability to evaluate and critique scholarly research materials, selecting those materials that are most relevant to purposes; synthesize the information from several academic sources; organize research and produce essays that measures overall assessment and synthesis of select texts of the Early Modern World.

Your grade will be based on these tasks:

  • Short Analytical Essays (3-5 pages) exploring specific aspects of the works being read.

  • Poetry Explication

  • Discussion Forum Posts

  • Critical Essay


One of the things that distinguishes graduate from undergraduate study in the face-to-face classroom is the central role of discussion to the learning process. I would like to see you actively engaging with these literary works and developing your own thoughts in relation to them. Forums allow you to respond to your classmates directly, and push you to hone and cultivate your ideas. Please maintain a professional tone.

Half of the grade will be for your initial post, and half will be for replies. If replies are posted late, they cannot be counted because they do not qualify as participation. In that case, you will only earn points for your initial post, so do your best to keep up with forum posts.

Initial forum posts are due by Thursday, and replies are due by Sunday.

Short Analytical Essays:

The purpose of the analytical essays is to encourage you to think critically about what you’re reading as you read, to investigate current research in the field, and to give you the chance to share your insights with me. These assignments should also help you identify ideas you might wish to pursue in your critical essay.

Critical Essay:

You’ll also be writing one major essay for the course that will be based on one of the course texts. A few tips for selecting a topic:

  1. Be open to possible paper topics as you read; questions you have about the text, themes that stand out to you, or connections between works are all fruitful areas to explore for topics. Note down topic ideas as you explore each text.

  2. You may decide to base your essay on a topic that you’ve already addressed in one of your earlier assignments, or you can pursue a new avenue of inquiry.

  3. The key to a successful critical essay is a strong thesis, one which you can support with evidence from the text and from secondary sources. Those secondary sources need to be evaluated carefully to ensure that they are scholarly and meet the criteria set for academic research.

I will work with you as you look for a topic and begin building your essay--just reach out to me in the appropriate forums or "messages."


All papers should be written in Times New Roman 12 point plain font. Papers are double spaced, include indented paragraphs with no extra space between paragraphs, and 1 inch margins on all (4) sides. Essays should be MLA formatted and submitted as MS Word documents.

Secondary Sources: Use only scholarly articles and books found through databases in the APUS and other research libraries. If you must go outside of these academic sources, let me know so we can review together. In general, keep quotes to no more than 2-3 lines in these relatively short papers. Never allow a secondary source to make your argument for you, and avoid using introductory and editorial material as a source in graduate level work.

Technical Errors: Be sure to spell and grammar check your work. Should you need additional time to complete an assignment please Message me before the due date so we can discuss the situation and determine an acceptable resolution.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Introduction Forum 3.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum - Research Proposal 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Poetry Explication 10.00 %
Week 1: Poem Explication 10.00 %
Essays 35.00 %
Week 2: Essay - Rabelais 11.67 %
Week 4: Essay - Montaigne 11.67 %
Week 6: Essay - Cervantes 11.67 %
Final Essay 25.00 %
Week 8: Final Essay 25.00 %
Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.