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HIS 297B - Witches, Wizards and the Rise of Scientific Thought from Renaissance to the Englightenment.

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II.

Course Description: The fifteenth trhough the eighteenth centuries produced some of the great intellectueal milestones in European history: the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment. Yet during this same period, Europeans also became increasingly fascinated with (or terrified of) magic and the occult. This fasination manifested itself in witchcraft hysteria among the general pppulation, as well as in an interest in the study of divination, astology and alchemy among the intellectual elite. This course will examine the social, cultural, political and economic trends which produced this apparent dichotomy, and seek to identify those forces which ultimately led to victory of science over magic.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Tutorial, Online Course

History Department