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Thomas L Hankins
HIST 412
Seattle Campus

Science and the Enlightenment

The role of science in relation to intellectual, social, economic, and religious forces in the eighteenth century, and growth of the international community in science during the same period.

Class description

The purpose of the course is to explore the intellectual world of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment with an emphasis on the history of science. We will begin with a review of the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century and then move on to the science of the 18th century when philosophers attempted to use the successful methods of the Scientific Revolution to rationalize all aspects of society.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

There is no prerequisite for the course. Because this is an upper division course, the majority of students will be Juniors and Seniors and most will have some background in history of in one of the natural sciences.

Class assignments and grading

The class will meet twice a week for two hours each time. The format will be lecture/discussion. The Thursday office hour is especially for members of this class to discuss their papers. There will be a book review, a midterm exam, a five-page paper and a final exam.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Stefanie M Starkovich
Date: 04/26/2004