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Course Code: HUMN541 Course ID: 3510 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

HUMN541 provides an overview of major works of the Enlightenment, and offers a detailed study of its primary thinkers. Issues include the birth of rationalism, skepticism, individual liberation and emergent secularism. Questions address the inherent tensions between intellectual tradition and change, and the increasing dominance of the sphere of science. Readings for this course include: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice; Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women; Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; Rousseau's Confessions; Thomas Paine's Common Sense and other Political Writings; and Ekaterina Dashkova's Memoirs.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Objectives: By the end of the term you should demonstrate an ability to do the following tasks:

Academic Skill Critically analyze literary works representing various genres of Enlightenment writing (autobiography, novel, pamphlet, and journal) for their contribution to the body of human knowledge.

Communication Articulate written and oral positions on ideas that stem from some of the great works of the Enlightenment. Conduct a detailed and sophisticated analysis of a piece of writing, and write an extended argument/discussion of your analysis.

Critical Thinking Apply classical logic to Enlightenment Era issues of human behavior, society, and civilization including themes of freedom, truth, government, human rights, reason, education, religion, and tradition.

Information Literacy Examine the human experience from multidimensional perspectives from leading authors of the Enlightenment including Dashkova, Rousseau, Austen, Paine, and Lewis & Clark.

Lifelong Learning Use advanced social science knowledge, critical thinking skills, and research methodologies that will promote lifelong problem-solving skills, a spirit of inquiry, and professional approach to projects. Build relationships with your colleagues and instructor in this class to make the course more fun and to build useful professional networks.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Short Analytical Essays 45.00 %
Week 2: Dashkova Short Analytical Essay 15.00 %
Week 4: Austen Short Analytical Essay 15.00 %
Week 6: Rousseau Short Analytical Essay 15.00 %
Critical Essay 25.00 %
Week 8: Critical Essay 25.00 %

I’ve provided links to some good electronic editions of our course texts:

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. 60a7de1facf2%40sessionmgr10&vid=1&hid=12&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d# db=nlebk&AN=149202

Dashkova, Ekaterina. The Memoirs of Princess Dashkova. Ed. Jehanne M. Gheith.

Durham: Duke University P, 1995.


Lewis, Meriwether. Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Paine, Thomas. Political Writings.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Confessions.

If you prefer a hard copy, the following print editions are recommended:

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Ed. Donald Gray. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2001. Dashkova, Ekaterina. The Memoirs of Princess Dashkova. Ed. Jehanne M. Gheith.

Durham: Duke University P, 1995.

Lewis, Meriwether and William Clark. The Journals of Lewis and Clark. Ed. Frank Bergon.

New York: Penguin, 1989.

Paine, Thomas. Political Writings. Ed. Bruce Kuklick. Revised Student Edition.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Confessions. Trans. Angela Scholar. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000.

Book Title:Memoirs of Princess Dashkova (reading available online at-
Author:Dashkova, Ekaterina R.
Unit Cost:$29.35

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.