||Europe in the Age of Enlightenment|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:
||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)|
||This course deals with the major political, social, and
intellectual movements from the late 17th century to the eve of
the French Revolution. Among the topics covered are: science
and philosophy in the 18th century, political theory and
practice in the age of democratic revolutions, political
economy, philosophies and the propaganda of the Enlightenment
and religion in an age of reason.|
Prerequisites: HIST 202 or 204
- Himmelfarb, Gertrude, The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenments. New York: Vintage, 2004.
- Kramnick, Isaac, The Portable Enlightenment Reader. New York: Penguin, 1995.
- Other readings to be put on library reserve or distributed in class.
|MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:||
|5 Reading Responses||20%|
|COURSE OBJECTIVES:|| Objectives:|
- To understand the intellectual and cultural movement called the “Enlightenment” in both its unity and its diversity.
understand how the Enlightenment understood itself and how that
understanding has been re-enforced and undermined in our cultural
- To gain a critical perspective on those who either lionize or dismiss the Enlightenment whole-sale.
understand the role of Enlightenment thought in the French Revolution
and other political and social revolutions in the late 18th century.
- Introduction; Syllabus
- Enlightenment's Self-Understanding
- Science and Nature
- Enlightenment and Religion
- Mind and Ideas
- Manners and Morals
- Education and Childhood
- Taste and Art
- Progress and History
- Slavery and Race
- Multiple Enlightenments -- Himmelfarb
- Enlightenment and Revolution
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.