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The Foundations of the Modern World

From the 15th to 17th centuries, profound changes occurred in Europe that forever altered the way men and women thought about nature, the world around them, and their relationship to God, and about the way they looked at the universe. This course examines those fundamental changes, beginning with the rediscovery of the ancient world by the Italian humanists and the resulting effects on art, architecture, and literature. Then, we will analyze the advances in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and medicine that today we call the Scientific Revolution. Finally, we will explore those forces unleashed by Martin Luther, John Calvin, Henry VIII, and the other Protestant reformers, which shattered the religious unity of Europe.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Greater familiarity with modern European history and culture
  • Increased cultural literacy

Ideal for

  • History, religious studies, and philosophy buffs
  • Those seeking personal enrichment
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.