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HIST 390A Topics in History - TOPICS IN HIST

Small-group instruction in a seminar format on a variety of historical topics. Check with the department for course offerings. This course does not satisfy the History Majors Research Seminar (490) requirement.

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
HIST 390A 201Seminar2 Tue Thu12:3014:00

In 2018W, HIST 390A will be a student-directed seminar. The topic is The Age of Endarkenment: An Intellectual History of Modern Europe. The student director is Emre Kurultay, hist390a@gmail.com. To achieve true enlightenment, 18th century European philosophers dared their contemporaries, and arguably future generations as well, to know. This line of thinking has ushered in an unprecedented era of progress. Yet two centuries later, a shift in European thinking resulted in one of the darkest periods in its history, in which the achievements of this very progress nearly destroyed Europe. How can one make sense of this shift in European thinking without judging the past? What was the intellectual context for this darkness? Is this darkness relevant at all for our contemporary world? If so, h and ~

ow? Drawing upon the methods of intellectual history, students will engage in critical discussions, debates and research regarding one of the most fascinating periods in European history.