History of Ideas
Recognize Historical Periodization
Recognize the usefulness, but also the problematic nature of historical periodization.
Develop Interdsciplinary Thinking Skills
Develop interdisciplinary, synthetic, thinking skills, particularly in being able to see history in cultural artifacts and then identify and place these into discursive contexts.
Trace Influence of Ideas
Relate and trace how ideas continue to influence societies and their institutions
Historical Knowledge of Approaches to Intellectual History
Identify broadly how different approaches to intellectual history operate, e.g. Lovejoy, Cambridge School (Skinner), Berlin, Koselleck, Strauss, etc.
Recognize the Development of Modern Thought
Awaken in you the realization of how certain modes of modern thought that you might have taken for granted as having existed "forever" can be seen as developments in response to specific historical circumstances.
Explain how ideas, when extended to their logical conclusions, may challenge your personal world view and consider, as well as articulate, how to resolve such conflicts.
Write an intellectual history research paper.