Independent Readings in the French Revolution

Summer 2014 quarter

Taught by

European history

Students will work independently, studying the social, political, gender, and intellectual trajectories of the French Revolution from 1789 through the Terror and the Napoleonic Empire.  To understand the origins of the Revolution, students will read philosophy and political theory from Enlightenment authors like Voltaire, Rousseau, and Montesquieu.  Students will share a reading list in common and have the option to meet periodically for book discussions as a group and with the faculty member.  Since this is an independent readings course, students enrolled at different credit levels will read different texts and write different numbers of essays.  Students enrolled for more than 4 credits will complete a library research paper on one aspect of the Enlightenment or the French Revolution.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

history, philosophy, political science, gender studies, teaching

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: During students will work independently, meeting occassionally or communicating via email with faculty and other students.  Monday sessions 1-3 are optional.  This independent readings course is well suited to students who are entirely off-campus. 


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online

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Registration Information

Credits: 4, 6, 8 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 20


Course Reference Numbers

Full Session (8 credits): 40107
Full Session (6 credits): 40108
Full Session (4 credits): 40109

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