Clacisism and the age of Enlightenment

Course Information
TitleΚλασικισμός και Διαφωτισμός / Clacisism and the age of Enlightenment
Title in FrenchClassicisme et Lumières
SchoolFrench Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280006366

Programme of Study: UPS of French Language and Literature (2010-today)

Registered students: 168
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course534

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
Course Category
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
Attendance and participation with essays during the semester
Learning Outcomes
- Training to the study of the French literature and philosophy from classicism and the enlightenment - Training to the study of the understanding and interpretation of different literary texts
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
We study extracts from representative literary works from classicism and the enlightenment. Special emphasis is given to the socio-philosophical context of the era as well as to the relations that developed between the various art forms. SYLLABUS 1. Historical events of the 17th century 2. The evolution of philosophical and moral ideas 3. Literary movements of the 17th century 4. The two major philosophers of the 17th century: Descartes et Pascal 5. Birth and main features of classical drama 6. Corneille and Racine drama theories 7. Molière and La Fontaine theories 8. Boileau and the « Moralistes » 9. Historical events and art of the 18th century 10. The evolution of philosophical ideas, the Encyclopedia, Montesquieu 11. Voltaire 12. Rousseau 13. 18th century drama: Marivaux, Beaumarchais
Literary analysis, French Literature
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment582.3
Student Assessment
Continuous assessment with papers during the semester, as well as a written 2,5 hour exam at the end of the semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Ρενέ Ντεκάρτ,ο Λόγος Περί της Μεθόδου (Εισαγωγικά σχόλια-Μετάφραση:Πόλυ Μακροπούλου),Θεσσαλονίκη,University Studio Press,2012.
Additional bibliography for study
XVIIe Siècle,Collection littéraire Lagarde et Michard,Bordas XVIIIe Siècle,Collection littéraire Lagarde et Michard,Bordas La littérature française du XVIIIe Siècle,Michel Delon,Pierre Malandain,PUF,1998
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