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European Culture and Ideas: Modernity and Romanticism (6 points)


Leader: Assoc Prof Marko Pavlyshyn

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit surveys the evolution, during the late eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth centuries, of European ways of understanding and explaining the world and humankind that are associated with Romanticism. We examine the cult of individualism and its philosophical background; romantic views of imagination, creativity, the psyche, and nature; and romantic notions of history, language and the nation. The unit reflects on romantic ideas of the arts and human creativity. It introduces texts by such thinkers as Fichte and Hegel, as well as representative works of literature and the other arts from the national traditions of both Western and Eastern Europe.

Assessment: Essay (1000 words): 20% + Essay (1200 words): 25% + Examination (1.5 hours): 35% + Class paper (800 words): 15% + Tutorial preparation: 5%

Contact Hours: 3 hours (2 lectures and 1 tutorial) per week

Prohibitions: EUR1015

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