This course introduces students to key concepts of modernity as they constituted themselves during around 1800. It will cover the main philosophical and cultural trends in the European Enlightenment and Romanticism and will
elucidate how cultural and aesthetic discourses interact with politics and society. It will identify the interaction of Enlightenment trends with counter movements and cross-currents.
On successful completion of this course, students will be familiar with key concepts of modernity in thought and culture as they developed during the 18th and early 19th centuries. They will also have been introduced to a variety of primary sources and some of the different methods and approaches that can be used in their analysis.