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The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment


In this unit, students will consider the impact of the many changes that took place during the 16th-18th centuries in Europe. Students will use multiple methods to examine the technological advancements of the Scientific Revolution, the conflict that this brought with the Church, and how scientists reconciled their beliefs about God with their new discoveries.  This unit also looks at the Enlightenment philosophes and how their ideas shaped the formation of future democracies as the age of absolutism came to an end.

This unit corresponds with Chapter 17 in Making Europe: The Story of the West, 2nd edition. Authors: Kidner, Bucur, Mathisen, McKee, and Weeks and published by the UK-based Cengage Learning.

Learning Targets: 
Explain the Scientific Revolution and its impact.
Explain the differences between traditional Christianity and the New Science on views of God, the natural world, and the human world.
Discuss the Enlightenment, how it drew upon the Scientific Revolution, its use of the principle of autonomous human reason, its impact on society, and its major debates.
Explain how the Enlightenment shaped Europeans' sense of identity and that of non-European peoples.
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Common Core Language Arts