Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Reason and Enlightenment in Europe 1650-1789

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit will focus upon the major intellectual currents in Europe during the period 1650 down to the French Revolution. The rise of science and its implications over European thought will be delved into. New ideas challenging established political, religious and social norms will be discussed. The way in which new knowledge and ideas gradually reached out to a wider audience, thus making their significance all the greater, is a central issue which would merit in-depth discussion. The Enlightenment, its origins and its implication upon contemporary European society, would be given central importance.

Study-unit Aims:

- providing factual knowledge about the main intellectual currents of thought during the period covered;
- analysing the implications of such intellectual change upon European political, religious and social realities;
- identifying the various channels through which new ideas were disseminated within and across social classes and the extent to which they spread throughout the European continent.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- define what were the major intellectual currents in Europe during the period;
- recognize the ways in which these impinged upon European society;
- identify the means through which such new ideas contributed towards radical political, religious and social change in parts of Europe.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- apply analytical skills in evaluating the process of intellectual change in Europe during the period covered;
- develop perception skills in the way through which society reacted to new ideas during the period;
- further development of skills in using primary source documentation which will be utilised during this study unit.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Main texts:
Outram, Dorinda: 'The Enlightenment', CUP 1995.
Hazard, Paul, 'The European Mind, 1680-1715', Penguin 1973.

Supplementary readings:
Blanning, T.C.W., 'The Culture of Power and the Power of Culture: Old Regime Europe, 1660-1789', OUP 2002.
Hampson, N., 'The Enlightenment: an evaluation of its assumptions, attitudes and values', Penguin 1990.
Hyland, Paul (ed.), 'The Enlightenment: a sourcebook and reader', Routledge 2003.
Im Hof, U., 'The Enlightenmant', Blackwell 1994.
Munck, T., 'The Enlightenment: a comparative social history, 1721-1794', Arnold 2000.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Seminar

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Seminar Paper Yes 40%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 60%

LECTURER/S William Zammit

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