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HIST 207 Introduction to Intellectual History • 5 Cr.


Surveys the major currents of modern western thought. Students examine assumptions and ideas about the nature of the cosmos and humanity before and after the Reformation. Topics include the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, 19th-century ideologies, and the philosophical crisis of the 20th century. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Indentify the reciprocal relationship of culture and ideas beginning with the Rennaissance circa 1500.
  • Demonstrate comprehension of the origins of modern thought in the ancient world.
  • Recognize the role played by great modern thinkers in creating the intellectual climate of the contemporary world. Examples of this are: Leonardo, Machiaville, Luther, Gali-leo, Descarte, Locke, Newton, Marx, Darwin, Einstein, etc.
  • Define the role of ideologies in changing the modern political landscape and compare/contrast the role(s) played by world historical figures in the implementation of political ideologies.
  • Delineate the role played by theoretical thinkers in the development of modern technology: e.g., Blaise Pascal (binary numbers)/computer technology.
  • Identify who, how and why most cultures are resistant to new ideas and why many great thinkers have been persecuted, e.g., Galileo.
  • All students will demonstrate their level of mastery through:
    • Timed in class essay exams.
    • Untimed out of class analytical essay assignments.
    • A comprehensive untimed out of class final exam.

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