Aspects Of The 17th Century World
The course will explore the social and cultural basis of Seventeenth Century civilisation in Europe and the Mediterranean world from 1600 to 1699, including the development of capitalist economies in the Netherlands, France, and Britain; the European colonisation of the New World; and the emergence of Enlightenment ideas in philosophy, mathematics, and the observational sciences. Drawing on archaeological evidence, historical and literary texts, architecture and the visual arts, it will look at the complex and shifting relationships between the present and the past in the definition and transformation of national, cultural, and religious identities.
Who is this course for
No prior knowledge is necessary but a good understanding of English is essential. If you wish to read before the course the following book is recommended: A. Gottlieb 2017 The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy.
What does this course cover
Key themes will include: the French 'Grand Siecle;' the 'Commercial Revolution' in the Netherlands, France, and Britain; the European colonisation of the New World, and its representation in literature and the arts; the development of 'Enlightenment' ideas (Rationalism and Empiricism), and related developments in mathematics and the observational sciences; and the emergence of a 'Baroque' aesthetic..
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
' Give an account of the history of Europe and the Mediterranean World in the 17th Century AD.
' Contribute to discussions on aspects of 'Enlightenment' philosophy, and related developments in literature and the arts.
' Discuss the key features of 17th Century art and literature in the Netherlands, England, France, Italy, Russia, and Spain.
' Use the knowledge gained on the course to identify aspects of 17th Century thought that continue to influence the literature, politics, and philosophy of the modern world.
What will it be like
Each week there will be an informative talk using PowerPoint and group discussion of aspects of 17th Century history, philosophy, religion, art, and architecture. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and ideas in a relaxed and friendly environment. Occasionally homework reading will be provided. Although this is not an accredited course leading to a formal qualification, you will be encouraged to complete a self-assessment form in which you can monitor your progress.
What else do you need to buy or do
You are also advised to bring note-taking materials to all sessions.
What this course could lead to
You might consider enrolling on other history/history of art/literature/philosophy courses run by the Centre. The next course in this series is The World of the Eighteenth Century
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
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Why choose Mary Ward?
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