What is the course about?
Explore 18th century Europe by examining how different ideas about freedom emerged as a springboard for investigating 18th century soceity, culture and politics.
What will we cover?
- How ideas about freedom and individual rights emerged from the religious warfare and political absolutism of the 17th century
- Explore how figures from Voltaire to Fragonard developed radical ideas of artistic, political, creative, personal and religious freedoms.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Be able to identify how ideas about freedom and individual rights emerged from the religious warfare and political
absolutism of the 17th century
- Be able to identify specific ideas of liberty with particular historical figures.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good
grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, curiosity, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Each week there will be an informative talk, using PowerPoint, during which class discussion will be encouraged.
We shall use small group work to analyse original sources and a range of handouts will be available for discussion
purposes. Occasionally small pieces of homework reading will be distributed to augment your knowledge. You are
encouraged to bring along/describe items you have read in newspapers/heard on radio/seen on TV you think may be of interest to the group.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no necessary costs although further reading will be suggested. Pen and paper, should you wish to take notes during the course.
Optional Suggested Reading:
Kramnick, Isaac (ed.). 2002. The Portable Enlightenment Reader (Viking Portable Library). Penguin.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Information about further courses related to the 18th Century, can be found on the college website, www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details