The European Enlightenment HIST4144

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

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 team work.

Timetable

Tuesdays and Thursdays
4pm - 5pm
Weekly

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 team work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this module students will be able to:
1. explain the key characteristics of enlightenment thinking in Europe from the late 17th century to the 1790s;
2. compare meaningfully different enlightened writers, cultural traditions, and socio-political contexts;
3. recognise changing historical and historiographical approaches to the enlightenment;
4. evaluate critically specific texts and other source material, and explain how they may have been read, and how they may have influenced contemporary public opinion;
5. write clearly argued and organised essays supported by accurate and relevant evidence from both primary and secondary literature;
6. present clear and well-supported arguments in seminars, while showing sensitivity to the views of others.