Postgraduate Course: A Crucible for Change: Enlightenment in Britain, 1688-1801 (PGHC11201)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is based on issues discussed in the course organiser's contribution to Martin Fitzpatrick et al, eds., The Enlightenment World (London and New York: Routledge, 2004) and a chapter in his book British History 1660-1832: National Identity and Local Culture (1998/9). There has been renewed interest in the national context of the Enlightenment in the last twenty years, and this course will provide a framework for exploring this issue in a British context, including Ireland's cultural relationship to the idea of Britain in the eighteenth century. Subjects that will be explored will include:
- Newton and the Enlightenment in Britain
- The Huguenots and European Influence on the early Enlightenment in Britain
- The Revolution of 1688 and the origins of British Enlightenment culture
- The Growth of Toleration in Britain
- The Rise of the Public in British Enlightenment culture
- The expansion of commerce and culture
- The extension of 'Englishness' through Enlightenment culture
- The Urban Renaissance of the British Enlightenment
- Club culture
- Gender and the idea of Britain
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| Students will enhance their skills at close reading and analysis of primary texts and secondary literature. They will also:
- Explore the complex literature relating to cultural history in a national context.
- Test their ideas in inter-active seminars.
- Develop their analytical skills through writing a 3000 word essay on a question to be agreed with the course organiser.
- Take responsibility for their own learning and develop their ability to carry out independent research.
- Develop expertise in the use of the outstanding array of research resources relating to this course available in Edinburgh.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Crucible Change Enlightenment Britain
|Course organiser||Dr Alexander Murdoch
Tel: (0131 6)50 4033
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948