The Renaissance. Origins of Western Worldview.

As Europe regains itself after the devastation of the Black Death of the 14th Century, the old guard of the Middle Ages has fallen away. In its place, the nations of Europe begin to emerge with a revolutionary new culture. Drastic changes occur in science, religion, art, architecture and culture. Ideas spread rapidly throughout the known world and European culture ebgins to spread itself across the globe.


This unit of study explains the way that ideas and culture spread. It looks at the beginnings of the Renaissance in the trading cities of Northern Italy and the way that this small part of the world reshapes the future of globalk thought. Topics include humanism, politics, scientific innovation and exploration.


Some of history's most memorable figures all come from this period of time, and many of them come from the same part of the world. We will be examining figures such as Galileo Galilei, Niccolo Machiavelli, Michelangelo Buonarotti, the Medici family and Leonardo Da Vinci (all from the Italian region surrounding Florence). In addition, we will learn of Nicolaus Copernicus, Johannes Gutenberg, Isabella II, Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, Martin Luther, William Shakesepare and many more. War, politics, intrigue and romance. The Renaissance has something for everyone!


From the Alberta Program of Studies: Through an examination of Renaissance Europe, students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how the exchange of ideas and knowledge contributed to shaping the worldview of the Western world.