Magic, Reason, New Worlds, 1450-1750

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Magic, Reason, New Worlds, 1450-1750

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    History, Philosophy

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    12.5
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This subject is a history of the intellectual, social, political and economic processes that produced the 'modern world' of the late eighteenth century. With a focus that is global rather than local, the subject deals with the European encounter with other parts of the world and the way encounters, conflicts, and colonisation related to the rise of modern science. It explores the many ways in which different peoples in different worlds interacted and asks how important these encounters were in shaping the making of the modern world, from immediately before Columbus went to the Americas in 1492 to just before the Seven Years' War and the beginning of the Age of Revolutions. It puts special emphasis on looking at both ?magic? and ?reason? and seeing whether the rise of science means that magic was replaced or not by the advent of knowledge regimes based on reason.
    Note: This subject is jointly taught by the History and History and Philosophy of Science disciplines and is an elective in both majors.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.