Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HIST1214 - Contemporary history I

Credits : 3

Lecturer :

Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory.

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Learning outcomes :
Based on the analysis of some key-events of the contemporary period (nineteenth century - twentieth century), the students should have acquired a certain degree of intelligibility of present time.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in History :

For the Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Letters : General :

For the Bachelor in Modern Languages and Letters: German, Dutch and English :

For the Bachelor in Philosophy :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
Given the short time allocated to this course, it is not possible to present an exhaustive history of Modern times. Therefore a choice is unavoidable. The selected criterion is the understanding of the news: the aim is to enlighten the aspects of present time through a study centred on the historical genesis of events and some ideologies.

The chosen themes may vary from one academic year to another.
For instance, the following themes have already been studied: the political achievements of the French revolution (human rights, political ideas, institutional organisation, constitutionalism, etc); the Congress of Vienna of 1815 considered as a key-moment of the division of Europe; the emergence of nationalism; liberalism; the democratic phenomenon; the industrial revolution; the First World War studied from the point of view of the importance of its political consequences; comparison of the Soviet and the Nazi regimes: similarities and differences; the emergence of the European community; the evolution of customs (family, sexuality, sociality) from 1945 to today.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
This course is mainly a lecture. A detailed outline-syllabus accompanies the course. It includes a detailed outline of the course and a collection of texts that illustrate different parts of the course.
The students may have to read a work related to a part of the subject matter. During the oral examination they will be asked to provide a synthesis of this work, linking it to the issues studied in class.

Assessment methods and criteria :
The final assessment is an oral examination covering all the aspects of the course, as well as the book mentioned above.

Recommended or required reading :
The bibliography is vast. A selection will be proposed based on the bibliographical information included in the printed course.

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