This course is a survey of the cultural, social, and religious movements that transformed Europe between 1350 and 1600. These revolutions in Western thought gave birth to the Enlightenment, and the intellectual outlook that still characterizes our culture today. Using primary source materials such as letters, literature, court records, diaries, and paintings, we examine both large-scale changes and personal stories. We explore Renaissance humanism, art and literature, as well as explorations of the New World, theories of government, and the development of racial ideology.
Students taking this course will engage with the joy of doing good history. Specifically, they will:
1. Learn about one facet of the mutlifaceted, neverending, and eternally surprising realities of the past.
2. Learn how to respectfully analyze historical facts and documents through an understanding of those who made them.
3. Learn how to express those respectful analyses in writing.
Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
T/F 2:10PM - 4:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: Fully In-Person , Four Credit , 2000 , All courses , History
Tags: History , Writing , Reading and analysis , renaissance , humanism , discovery