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HI174 - The Enlightenment

  • Module code: HI174
  • Module name: The Enlightenment
  • Department: History
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will introduce students to the Enlightenment, a movement of ideas c.1650-c.1800 that has been seen as the threshold of modernity. The Enlightenment embraced science, religion, politics, economics, exploration, literature, print, morality, international relations, sexuality and art. It affected much of Europe but also Europe's colonies.

Principal learning outcomes

"This module will benefit from a multi-discplinary approach, drawing on expertise from across different departments in the humanities and social sciences for lectures. This module will offer undergraduate students some of the research expertise located in the Eighteenth Century Centre. This module will seek to explore types of history that students are unlikely to have covered before and also a period (the C18th) which will be unfamiliar to most. This module will complement ""Making of the Modern World (HI153)"" which begins with a week on the Enlightenment."

Timetabled teaching activities

1 lecture and 1 seminar per week.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: HI174-30)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 17%
Assessed Course Work 33%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Undergraduate History (Part-Time) (Y306) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History (Part-Time) (Y306) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History (Part-Time) (Y306) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History (V100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V230) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas (V231) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate History (Part-Time) (Y306) - Year 3