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MO4914   The German Enlightenment in European Perspectives

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme.

Planned timetable: See

What is Enlightenment?, asked one of the leading German journals in 1783. Immanuel Kant's famous answer was: Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use ones understanding without guidance from another. Since then the debate on this question has not come to an end. The module provides an overview on the Enlightenment. It gives an introduction into contemporary definitions as well as historiographical debates on the Enlightenment. Furthermore, it covers central aspects such as political, social, and cultural history in the 18th century. The module mainly focuses on the German lands but setting them in a European comparative context.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 3-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 534

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2 x 3-hour Written Examinations = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 13%
Coursework: 27%


Module coordinator: Dr B Struck
Module teaching staff: Dr B Struck