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European Studies

Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

(EUU22002 The Making of Modernity, 1750-1820)

(10 ECTS credits) One semester, Hilary Term None One 1,000-word literature review (30%) and one 2,500-word essay (70%) Two lectures and one tutorial per week

Dr James Hanrahan, Dr Linda Kiernan


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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.