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Undergraduate Course: Intellectual History from Montesquieu to Marx (HIST10257)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaPhilosophy
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course aims to introduce students to some of the most important texts in western political and moral thought in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, namely those of Montesquieu, Rousseau, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Kant, Bentham, Hegel, Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill and Marx. It will explore the origins of key movements, such as individualism, utilitarianism and Marxism. It will examine foundational accounts of freedom, representative government, democracy, nationality, empire and the social contract. At all times, it will situate the ideas in their historical contexts, showing how they are both constrained by and instrumental in shaping events, as in the case, for example, of Montesquieu and the American Revolution. As with the other intellectual history courses, this course is distinctive in engaging students with close textual analysis of primary sources.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  24
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students will:
! Have an understanding of some of the most significant ideas in western political and moral theory in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which continue to inform political and individual experience today. These include various accounts of liberty, democracy, the social contract, empire and nationality, and movements such as utilitarianism and Marxism.
! Be familiar with the works of such giants of intellectual history as Montesquieu, Rousseau, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Kant, Bentham, Constant, Hegel, Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill and Marx.
! Grasp the importance of ideas in history, and more particularly of the complex way that ideas both shape and are shaped by events.
! Be able to analyse primary texts, evaluating the arguments and locating them historically.
! Demonstrate the above skills in written work, presentations and other oral contributions to the seminars.
Assessment Information
One 3000 word essay worth one third of overall assessment and one two-hour examination worth two thirds of overall assessment.
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Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsMontesquieu to Marx
Course organiserDr Thomas Ahnert
Tel: (0131 6)50 3777
Course secretaryMrs Caroline Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3781
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