Course module - The Making of the Modern Mind: European Thought from the Enlightenment to the First World War
Code : HIST20182 Credit rating: 20 Semester : 2
The course aims to give students a wide overview of the transformation of European intellectual life in the long nineteenth century, to give them a sense of some of the dynamics of intellectual change, and to equip them with skills in reading, analysing and contextualizing texts in the history of ideas.
Objectives (Learning Outcomes)
Knowledge and understanding
• Demonstrate a broad understanding of some of the main ideologies and intellectual movements of modern Europe and a close knowledge of selected major texts and their historical contexts
• Read and analyse primary texts in intellectual history
• Think critically about how abstract ideas are generated in particular historical contexts.
Source Analysis - 1500 words - 20%
Essay - 3000 words - 40%
Examination paper - 2 hours - 40%
Level : 2
Contact hours: 4 per week
Pre-requisite units: None
Co-requisite units: None
School responsible : SALC
Available on which programme(s)? : SALC
Available as Free Choice (UG) or to other programmes (PG)? : Yes
This course offers students an introduction to the methods and approaches used in the study of the history of ideas, with a focus on key themes in European (including British) thought between the middle of the eighteenth century and the early twentieth century.
The course is organized around two central themes. The first is the idea of the free and rational human subject as it emerged from the Enlightenment: this is explored through a focus on rival understandings of freedom, rationality, and progress. The second is concerned with the various challenges to notions of rationality and progress from Darwin to Freud. Texts studied in depth will include works by Rousseau, Burke, Hegel, Tocqueville, Marx, Darwin, Nietzsche, Durkheim, Sorel and Freud.
Jones, Prof Stuart
Lectures: Mondays 2pm-3pm and Tuesdays 12pm-1pm
2 x 1-hour Lectures + 1 x 1-hour Seminar + 1 x Course Unit Office Hour per week.
Lectures will introduce students to (a) the historical context of the week’s primary text, and (b) the main interpretations of and debates about that text. One weekly seminar will focus on a close and critical reading of that text.
Blackboard will be used to support student learning through digitized readings, lecture handouts, links to ancillary materials (e.g. podcasts) etc. Course tutors will make use of the discussion tools. Coursework (essay and exam paper) are submitted through Blackboard, which is also used for providing prompt feedback.
Students will receive feedback on their assessed essay via Blackboard within two weeks of submission. Feedback on the exam will be provided by the same means, once exam boards have met.
J W Burrow, The Crisis of Reason: European Thought 1848-1914 (Yale UP)
Iain Hampsher-Monk, A History of Modern Political Thought (Oxford, 1992)
Roland N. Stromberg, European Intellectual History since 1789 (Prentice Hall, 6th edn)
David Wootton (ed), Modern Political Thought (Hackett) – most of the key texts