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HUMN541 - Enlightenment and the Modern World


This course provides philosophical and literary views of the human condition as it is explored during the Age of Enlightenment in Europe and in America. Loosely organized around Locke’s assertion that the freedom to pursue truth is a key tenet of the Enlightenment, we will explore how various authors balance tradition with new ideas on government, religion, human rights, reason, education, and social hierarchies. Readings for this course include: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice; Ekaterina Dashkova's Memoirs; Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; Thomas Paine's Common Sense and other Political Writings; Rousseau's Confessions; and Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women.






Schedule of Classes

Registration Dates Course Dates Session
10/29/18 - 03/29/19 04/01/19 - 05/26/19 Spring 2019 Session B - 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D - 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I - 8 Week session

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Book Title: Memoirs of Princess Dashkova (reading available online at-
ISBN: 9780822316213
Publication Info: Duke University Press
Author: Dashkova, Ekaterina R.
Unit Cost: $29.35
Electronic ISBN: N/A
Electronic Unit Cost: N/A