European Culture since the Enlightenment

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCHC1016 HIST (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

European culture has experienced dramatic ups and downs since the 18th century. While the great thinkers of the Enlightenment, dissatisfied with despotism and religious intolerance in Europe, turned to see China as their national model, European culture characterized by rationalism, industrial progress, parliamentary democracy, scientific and technological advancements etc. exerted worldwide impact in the next century. The 2 world wars, the rise of totalitarianism, and the economic downturn seemed to mark its decline. However, European artistic, scientific and education accomplishments are still too important to be overlooked in the post-war era. GCHC1016 throws light on major European cultural developments and their worldwide impact since the 18th century such as industrialism, bourgeois values and lifestyle, scientific worldview, university education, etc. and assesses their continuous impacts in the contemporary world.

What do the students say about this course?

The course takes its starting point at the Enlightenment and marches through historical events and/or remarkable work to demonstrate the development of human history. These are everyday practical values and handy knowledge for any university students.

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Year 1 student from Arts


Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.