Enlightened Reform And The Growth Of Political Consciousness 1721-1792 HIST4074

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows:
1. the development of the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years.
2. awareness of previousdly unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options.
3. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness.
4. familiarity with comlex historical debates and interpretations, skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research.
5. the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving teamwork.

Timetable

Twice weekly

Requirements of Entry

normal entry requirements to Honours

Excluded Courses

Timetable only

Assessment

Essay: 20%; Seminar work: 10%; Examination: 70%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows:
1. the development of the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years.
2. awareness of previousdly unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options.
3. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness.
4. familiarity with comlex historical debates and interpretations, skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research.
5. the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving teamwork.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of this module students will:
(i) have read sufficiently widely to be able to assess the key characteristics and assumptions underpinning notions of state-subject relations, domestic policy, 'enlightened' reform and public opinion in 18th-century Europe, in awareness of the principal historiographical controversies;
(ii) be able to comment on contemporary ideas about the state and individual rights, with particular reference to the changing political context of the time;
(iii) have developed a critical sensitivity to the dangers of anachronism and the limitations of historical evidence, where appropriate demonstrating appreciation of alternative historical methodologies;
(iv) be able to write logical and clearly argued papers based on complex data, supported with accurate and relevant evidence;
(v) have developed oral, organisational and interpersonal skills to sustain and defend arguments in group discussion