IDE2048 – Sensual Bodies and Civilized Citizens of the World. The Heritage of the Enlightenment

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Course content

This is a course about European thought from the end of the seventeenth century up until the time of the French Revolution. We will read a number of important primary texts from the period, as well as secondary literature which will help us locate the texts in their contexts. We will emphasize especially on discussions of the varieties within the European age of Enlightenment.

Learning outcome

Having completed this course, you will have acquired:

  • in-depth knowledge of the age of Enlightenment as a period in intellectual history.
  • in-depth knowledge of some important primary texts from the period.
  • knowledge of research literature on the age of Enlightenment.
  • an understanding of how different thinkers position themselves vis-à-vis others.
  • the ability to assess and present core ideas of the age of Enlightenment.
  • the ability to read and understand demanding texts and situate them in their historical context.


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Recommended previous knowledge

We strongly recommend that you have completed IDE1104 - Vestens idéer fra antikken til 1600 and IDE1105 - Vestens idéer fra 1600 til vår egen tid or equivalent.


14 double sessions of seminars.

We expect you to participate actively in the seminars through oral contributions and participation in discussions. We expect you to prepare for the seminars.

For you to be admitted to final examination the teacher must approve (accept as satisfactory) the following compulsory tuition activity:

  • oral presentation in class


Home examination (Monday-Thursday) at the end of the semester. Length: 7-9 pages, illustrations excluded. Recommended font: Times New Roman 12 point, line spacing 1,5.

You submit your answer in Inspera.

In order for you to qualify for the final examination, the compulsory tuition activity must be approved by the teacher.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018


Autumn 2018

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)