Independent Readings in the French Revolution

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Summer 2017 quarter (Full Session)

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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. This class can be taken by students who are 100% off-campus. 

Program Details

Fields of Study

history philosophy political science

Preparatory For

history, the humanities, teaching, law



Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Mon, 1-3pm.  Students will work independently, meeting occasionally or communicating via email with faculty and other students. Monday sessions 1-3 are optional.  This independent readings contract is well suited to students who are entirely off-campus.

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online