French History and Civilization I (until the French Revolution)

Course Information
TitleΙστορία και Πολιτισμός της Γαλλίας Ι (μέχρι τη Γαλλική Επανάσταση) / French History and Civilization I (until the French Revolution)
Title in FrenchHistoire et civilisation françaises I
SchoolFrench Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID280006336

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The course examines French civilization from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, the values (intellectual, spiritual, artistic, political, economic), the scientific knowledge and technical achievements that characterize this historical period as well as the links between French and European civilization. The main aim of the course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge of French History and Civilization in the widest European context, which will allow them to assess the overall course of European civilization during the same period. The ultimate objective of the course is the use of this knowledge in the future in practice in the school environment, offering an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of French as a foreign language.
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)
History and culture of France I. The course studies the history and culture of France from the Middle Ages until the French Revolution. The purpose of this course is to approach both the historical and socio-political context, and all the intellectual achievements, artistic expressions and techno-economic achievements of the French society. The following units are covered in this module : 1. Introduction to the Middle Ages, a period of ten centuries (V - XV centuries) 2. The eastern part and the formation of Byzantium 3. The Crusades and the Hundred Years War 4. The western part and the political emergence of France 5. The death of Charlemagne and the gradual transition to the feudal regime 6. The birth of the French language 7. XI and XII centuries: the golden centuries of chivalry and courtly literature 8. XIII century: the golden age, the birth of the bourgeoisie and lyricism in literature 9. XIV and XV centuries: the foundations of a new historical-political and literary context 10. XVI century: the end of feudal civilization and the wars of religion 11. The Reformation, the Renaissance and Humanism 12. XVII century: the establishment of absolute monarchy and the triumph of classicism 13. The decline of absolutism and the transition from the Old Regime to the Revolution
Middle Ages, Renaissance, Scientific Revolution, The Enlightement, French Revolution
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • 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
Reading Assigment341.4
Written assigments371.5
Student Assessment
The evaluation of the degree will depend upon either a written test wich will be administered at the end of the semester (duration: 2.5 hours) or a written essay based on a topic addressed in the course.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
- 1/ Georges Duby, L'Europe au Moyen Age, Flammarion, 2011. - 2/ Jacques Le Goff, La civilisation de l'Occident medieval, Flammarion, 2008. - 3/ 12. Jacob Burckhardt, La Civilisation de la Renaissance en Italie, Le Livre de Poche, 3 Vol., BookSurge, 2001. - 4/ Ernst Cassirer, La philosophie des Lumieres, Fayard, 1995. - 5/ François Lebrun, Le XVIIème siècle, Armand Colin, 2003. - 6/ Y.M. Berce, Molinier, Peronnet, Le XVIIème siècle. 1620-1740, Hachette, 2005. - 7/ Paul Hazard, Pensée européenne au XVIIIème siècle, Hachette, 2006. - 8/ Paul Hazard, La Crise de la conscience européenne , 1680-1715, Lgf, 1994. - 9/ Michel Denis, Noël Blayau, Le XVIIIème siècle, Armand Colin, 2004. - 10/ Anne Conchon, Frédérique Leferme-Falguières, Le XVIIIème siècle 1740-1820, Hachette Progrès, 2011. - 11/ Pierre Bezbakh, Petit Larousse de l'histoire de France, Larousse, 2011. - 12/ René Rémond, Introduction à l'histoire de notre temps. L'Ancien régime et la revolution. 1750-1815, t. 1, Points, 2001. 13/ Georges Duby, Histoire de la France. Des origi nes à nos jours, Paris, Larousse, 2011.
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