Apr 15, 2024  
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts 
    
2021-2022 College of Liberal Arts
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FREN 348 - The French Enlightenment Today

4 credits
The 18th century in France was a period of major political, cultural, and ideological transformations, culminating in the French Revolution. It challenged the legitimacy of the established order imposed by the ancient regime by promoting new ideas in particular on religiosity vs secularity, status quo vs progress; by connecting the concepts of virtue, citizenship and democracy; and by introducing the ideas of universalism and the possibility for all to be equal. Students will have an opportunity to explore the contradictions and paradoxes of the Enlightenment and examine the possible impact of its ideas and values on today’s French society. Looks, in particular, at the so-called “veil issue,” the concept of “laïcité” and the debates on cultural identity, nationalism and on equality in a pluralistic society. Prerequisite: FREN 310 . CLA-Breadth/Humanities



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