Rich And Poor In The Age Of Enlightenment HIST4117

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • 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 previously 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 complex 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 previously 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 complex 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 are expected to:
(i) have read sufficiently widely in 18th-century European history to be able to define key social, economic and structural features of the ancien régime in Europe during the period 1721-89/95, in awareness of the principal historiographical controversies;
(ii) demonstrate the ability to attempt an explanation of the apparent stability of some parts of the Europe, and the instability of other parts; (iii) to 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) demonstrate the ability to write logical and clearly argued papers based on complex data, supported with accurate and relevant evidence;
(v) to have developed oral, organisational and interpersonal skills to sustain and defend arguments in group discussion on prescribed topics.