Specific cultural topics

Course Information
TitleΕιδικά θέματα πολιτισμού / Specific cultural topics
Title in FrenchQuestions Spéciales de Civilisation Française
SchoolFrench Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280006427

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
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
- Acquérir des connaissances sur des questions spécifiques liées à la Civilisation Française. - Pénétrer dans la pensée française et dans des questions spécifiques de la Civilisation Française, à travers le développement de la pensée critique. - Approfondir les connaissances de la Langue et de la Civilisation Françaises avec point de référence leur rôle actif dans le développement intellectuel de l'Europe. - Développer des compétences interculturelles et dans une phase ultérieure une identité culturelle riche. - Μener à bien des travaux de recherche et rédiger des travaux scientifiques.
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
  • 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-depth study of a specific subject related to the French Civilization, sometimes with a clear universal orientation and an impact in the field of Human Sciences. The specific approach to the French Civilization, inherent to the development of the French language and critical thinking, deploys during the educational process its very important contribution to the intellectual evolution of Europe. The subject studied here is Myths and Realities about the concept of motherhood and the various discourse kinds about mother in western and especially French literature. The interdisciplinary approach to this broad and admittedly controversial concept of motherhood in Western societies, for at least the last few years, take place, during and through the course, at the crossroads of many theoretical fields (sexual / erotic, biological / genetic, social / cultural / religious, psychological / psychological / psychological) and literary texts respectively. The following units are covered in this module: 1. History of motherhood 2. Feminist critique of motherhood as an institution 3. Maternity and Education: an exclusively maternal task 4 Mother omnipresent implicitly or explicitly in literature 5.The logic of Maternal Sacrifice 6. Myths, Maternity and Intertextuality 7. The mother-woman or the right to regression and sublimation 8. Psychoanalysis and Maternity: The Oedipus complex and the Jocasta complex 9. Matricide and Matrophobia in the texts 10. The mother-daughter relationship in the texts 11. The mother-son relationship in the texts 12. In the name of the mother: a role to be redefined in Beauvoir texts 13. Absent fathers and ubiquitous monstrous mothers or towards a new history of positive motherhood?
Motherhood, myths, education, maternal sacrifice, intertextuality, psychoanalysis, regression, sublimation, literature, matricide, matrophobia
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
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
Reading Assigment502
Written assigments451.8
Student Assessment
The assessment of students is done on an oral examination and through individual research on specific issues studied in the classroom.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Émile ou De l'éducation, Amsterdam, Jean Néaulme, 1762, réédité dans Oeuvres complètes, Paris, Gallimard, Pleiade,1969, Henri-Irénée Marrou, Histoire de l'éducation dans l'Antiquité, Paris, Éditions du seuil, 1948, Simone de Beauvoir, Le Deuxième Sexe ( I,II, Paris ), Gallimard, 1949, Philippe Ariès, L'Enfant et la vie familiale dans l'Ancien Régime, Paris, Plon,1960, Luce Irigaray, Speculum De l'autre femme, Paris, Éditions Minuit, 1974, Elisabeth Badinter, L'Amour en plus, Paris, Flammarion, 1980, Yvonne Knibiehler, Histoire des mères et de la maternité, Paris, Presses Universitaires de France, 2000, Kadoglou Triantafyllia, Au nom de la mère...dans l'œuvre de Simone de Beauvoir, Le Bord de L'Eau, 2009, Kadoglou Triantafyllia, Jocaste la coupable ou La Femme rompue de Simone de Beauvoir, Éditions Universitaires, 2017, Adeline Caute, Maternité et sacrifice-dans le récit au féminin français, québécois et américain(1945-1968, Paris, Classiques Garnier, Série Genres, Sexes, textes dirigés par Véronique Gély, 2018.
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