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The spread of Renaissance culture to the rest of Europe, and its legacy (ACDSEH059)

Elaborations
  • outlining the spread of Renaissance culture to England (for example, the rise of literature through Shakespeare)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Acculturation,  Renaissance,  Heritage

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