Stages of French History and Civilization

Course Information
TitleΣταθμοί της Ιστορίας της Γαλλίας και του Γαλλικού Πολιτισμού / Stages of French History and Civilization
Title in FrenchÉtapes de l’Histoire et de la Civilisation Françaises
SchoolFrench Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600018589

Programme of Study: PPS Tmīmatos Gallikīs Glṓssas kai Filologías (2020-)

Registered students: 68
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course113

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
1. Α (Α-Λ)Triantafyllia Kadoglou
2. Β (Μ-Ω)Triantafyllia Kadoglou
Course Type 2016-2020
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will have •a basic knowledge and understanding of French History and Civilization. •the capacity to use this knowledge and update it, in order to evaluate the overall course of European culture at the same time and its evolution in the historical process. •the capacity to understand historical and literary, political and economic terms, in order to develop vocabulary, to improve and deepen all writing and oral skills in French. •developed their production capacity of written and oral expression in communication. •developed critical thought •cultivated the ability to synthesize and unify cultural and ideological data and to integrate them into the language teaching process.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
In this course, we study, in the broadest European context in the light of globalization, French History and Civilization, from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century. By defining the main stages of French History and Civilization of this precise period, we approach issues related both to the historical and socio-political framework and to all the intellectual, literary, artistic and techno-economic achievements of the French nation. We also examine, in the current context of globalization, the overall course and evolution of the modern European civilization with a reference point to the current geopolitical, socio-economic and cultural situation in Europe. The interdisciplinary approach of History, Civilization and French Language at the same time has as its ultimate goal the observation on the part of the students that History has an intercultural character. It is not fragmentary but linear and it teaches that the world is in fact a resultant of forces whose synthesis constitutes the main challenge. The following units are covered in this module: 1.Introduction to the Middle Ages, a period of ten centuries (V - XV centuries): the formation of the feudal regime and the political emergence of France 2. XI and XII centuries: the golden centuries of chivalry and courtly literature 3. XIII century: the golden age, the birth of the bourgeoisie and lyricism in literature 4 XIV and XV centuries: the foundations of a new historical-political and literary context 5. XVI century: the end of feudal civilization, the Renaissance and Humanism 6. XVII century: the establishment of absolute monarchy and the triumph of classicism 7. XVIII century: the transition from the Old Regime to the Revolution 8. The French Revolution: Political Clubs, the Great Terror, the Directory 9. The 18th century: the century of philosophers, the Encyclopedia, political literature 10. The XIX century: the conflict between the monarchical order and the liberal bourgeoisie Republic- the successive upheavals in the arts and literature (Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism) 11. From the Republic to the Napoleonic Empire (1799-1815): the Civil Code and Napoleonic society 12. The XIXth century: the century of the Revolutions and the absolute triumph of the bourgeoisie as a reflection of the XXI century 13. The Third Republic (1875-1940): aspects of contemporary French civilization in the context of a deep ongoing European crisis
Histoire et Littérature, Civilisation Française et Civilisation Européenne, Mondialisation, Interculturalisme et Interdisciplinarité, Langue Française et Communication Interculturelle, Moyen Âge - Début du XXe siècle.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of technology in teaching and learning, power point etc.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work100.4
Reading Assigment532.1
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities50.2
Student Assessment
The evaluation of the degree will depend upon either a written test wich will be administered at the end of the semester or a written essay based on a topic addressed in the course.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
1/ Benedetto Croce, Histoire de l'Europe au XIXe siècle, Gallimard, 1994. 2/ Jean Heffer, William Serman, Le XIXème siècle. 1815-1914, Hachette Progrès, 2011. 3/ Françoise Berger, Catherine Brice, Gilles Ferragu, Le XXème siècle, Hachette Progrès, 2009. Philippe Muray, Le XIXe siècle à travers les âges, Gallimard, 1999. 4/ Jean-Louis Robert Le XIXème siècle , Histoire contemporaine, t. 1, Breal, 2000. 5/ Benoît Pellistrandi, Nicolas Bourguinat, Le 19e siècle en Europe, Armand Colin, 2001. 6/ Anthony Rowley, Bernard Droz, Histoire générale du XXe siècle, t. 1, Points, 2001. - 7/ Anthony Rowley, Bernard Droz, Histoire générale du XXe siècle. La Naissance du monde contemporain, t. 2, Points, 1986. - 8/ Anthony Rowley, Bernard Droz, Histoire générale du XXe siècle. Expansion et indépendances. 1950-1973, t. 3, Points, 1987. - 9/ Anthony Rowley, Bernard Droz, Histoire générale du XXe siècle. Crises et mutations. De 1973 à nos jours, t. 4, Points, 1992. - 10/ Christophe Prochasson, Olivier Wieviorka, La France du XXème siècle, Points, 2011. 11/ Pierre Bezbakh, Petit Larousse de l'histoire de France, Larousse, 2011. - 12/ René Rémond, Introduction à l'histoire de notre temps. Le XIXème siècle. 1815-1914, t.2, Points, 2001. - 13/ René Rémond, Introduction à l'histoire de notre temps. Le XXème siècle de 1914 à nos jours, t.3, Points, 2002. - 14. Georges Duby, Histoire de la France - Des origines à nos jours, Paris, Larousse, 2011, 15/ Florent Vendepitte, Le Petit Livre des gilets jaunes, Paris, Éditions First, un département d’Édi8, 2019.
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