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The term curriculum denotes the selection and sequence of teaching material, organized into subjects, in schools and universities. The early modern canon of higher Bildung was based on the Humanists’ (Humanism) criticism of the artes liberales, the seven liberal arts of the trivium (grammar, rhetoric, dialectics) and quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, music). They dominated the medieval educational system, having emerged during the transition from antiquity to the Middle Ages, and were later supplemented by the ad…

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Töpfer, Thomas, “Curriculum”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_023286>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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