University of Pennsylvania
Benjamin Franklin and His World
University of Pennsylvania

Benjamin Franklin and His World

Taught in English

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11 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
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There are 4 modules in this course

In this first week of the course, we will provide an overview of the course, and introduce the key ideas and themes that will guide our exploration of Benjamin Franklin’s life and legacy. We will take a look at Franklin’s early years in Boston, Philadelphia, and London. Then we will provide a closer examination of what life was like in the British colonies during the 18th Century.

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10 videos6 readings

This week we will explore Franklin’s professional career as a printer, scientist, inventor, and politician.

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12 videos2 readings

This week we will explore the lead-up to the Revolutionary War, how Benjamin Franklin became involved in the Colonies' fight for independence, and his role in the drafting of the Constitution.

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10 videos2 readings

This week we will examine issues from Benjamin Franklin’s life that complicate his legacy, and consider how to evaluate him as a historical figure.

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7 videos3 readings


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4.9 (9 ratings)
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
2 Courses20,451 learners

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