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The Enlightenment

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The free course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of the conceptual territory and the intellectual and cultural climate. We will examine the impact of Enlightenment on a variety of areas including science, religion, the classics, art and nature. Finally, we will examine the forces of change which led from Enlightenment to Romanticism.

After studying this unit, you should:

  • have gained a basic understanding of the cultural climate that existed as the Enlightenment began;
  • understand the main characteristics of the Enlightenment;
  • be aware of some of the cultural shifts and trends leading from Enlightenment to Romanticism.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 16 hours
  • Updated Monday 18th August 2014
  • Intermediate level
  • Posted under History of Art
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The Enlightenment

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The course will examine the Enlightenment. To help understand the nature and scale of the cultural changes of the time, we offer a 'map' of the conceptual territory and the intellectual and cultural climate. We will examine the impact of Enlightenment on a variety of areas including science, religion, the classics, art and nature. Finally, we will examine the forces of change which led from Enlightenment to Romanticism.

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