You will have the pleasure of engaging with influential individuals who shaped European thought and politics throughout the Era of Absolutism and the Enlightenment.
This assignment has two parts: an outline and participation in a seminar. Both count as separate test grades.
The Outline: Your job is to assess your individual’s impact on history. You will formulate a thesis concerning this individual’s mark on history and outline your argument (provide citations). Your individual is significant to this era because…
Participation in the Seminar counts as a separate test grade. Your grade is determined by your ability to engage in the discussion as your assigned individual.
Did your individual have some things to say about ….
Compile a list of search terms to begin your research. These should include the name of the individual that you are researching or the particular discovery, idea, theory, development, or invention with which they are associated.
John Locke Thomas Hobbes Jean Jacques Rousseau Baruch Spinoza
Rene Descartes Denis Diderot Frederick the Great Catherine the Great
Voltaire Peter the Great Cesare Beccaria Mary Wollstonecraft
Louis XIV Adam Smith Montesquieu David Hume
Olympe de Gouges Francis Bacon Age of Reason Enlightenment