Free course

The Enlightenment

Free statement of participation on completion

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.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the cultural climate that existed as the Enlightenment began
  • understand the main characteristics of the Enlightenment
  • demonstrate an awareness of the cultural shifts and trends leading from Enlightenment to Romanticism.