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HI 303K / HI 353K
THE ENLIGHTENMENT IN FRANCE, BRITAIN AND IRELAND
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M Brown

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to student on Programme Year 3 and above.

Note(s): This module is available to students on all non-History degree programmes as a Discipline Breadth course for the enhanced study requirement. However, the admission of students with a non-History degree intention will be at the discretion of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. This course will be available in 2012/13 as HI 303K.

The Enlightenment represents a key moment in the emergence of a recognisable modernity.
Thinkers like Voltaire, Rousseau, Hume, Smith and Burke provide a distinct approach to society, politics, gender, culture and ethics. Celebrated and condemned, Enlightenment still remains a hotly
contested term. This course investigates the Enlightenment across a series of national contexts. It highlights similarities in thought while remaining sensitive to regional variation. The course introduces
students to the main thinkers and themes, and examines current debates about the content and
legacy of the movement. Lecture topics include anti-clericalism, coffee shop culture, rethinking
domestic life, and Enlightenment and Revolution.

1 one-hour lecture and 1 two-hour seminar per week.

1st Attempt: Presentation (twenty minutes) (10%); Book review (c.1,500 words) (20%).
Source Report (c.1,500 words) (20%).

One source based 'research' paper (c.3,000 words) (50%).

Resit: The re-sit is by examination only (100%).