School of History

HST7701 – Religion and the Age of Enlightenment

Module code: HST7701

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 1

Module Convenor: Dr Robin Mills

‘The Enlightenment’ was once confidently described an intellectual movement of eighteenth-century Parisian philosophes whose express aim was to annihilate the religious interpretation of life. In recent decades scholars have attempted to undo this dramatic if simplistic picture of an ‘Enlightenment Project’ aiming at the creation of secular modernity, replacing the thesis of antagonism with one of mutual support across the globe. This course encourages students to assess this shift by studying some of the leading texts and controversies during the age of Enlightenment.

Assessment: Essay (4,000 words) [100%]
Level: 7