HONR 2010L New Ideas from New Worlds

(B) Bachelors
(FH) Farquhar Honors College
(UHNR) Undergraduate Honors
3 credits

How has modern thought been influenced by the European encounters with the Americas? This course will examine British and Western European responses to the ?discovery? of New World cultures from the late 16th to the 18th century. Renaissance and Enlightenment ethnographers, artists, playwrights, poets, novelists and philosophers, such as John White, Michel de Montaigne, Thomas Hariot, William Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire, will be investigated. This course satisfies general education requirements in arts and humanities. Prerequisite: Honors students only. Frequency: Odd Year Fall. (Description Last Updated: Fall 2016 (201720))

Learning Outcomes

  1. describe the influence of encounters with New World inhabitants on 16th- to 18th-century European arts, literature and moral philosophy.
  2. analyze how these encounters affected contemporaneous views of Biblical authority.
  3. identify how these writings have continued to influence modern views on cultural relativism and religious skepticism.
  4. produce an original research paper dealing with one or more aspects of these topics.
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