Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HIST1227 - A Practical Introduction to Palaeography and Diplomatics

Credits : 3

Lecturer :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first term, 45 hours of theory.

Timetable :
First term
Tuesday from 10:45 to 12:15 at 109 Marais 411
Wednesday from 15:45 to 17:15 at 119 Marais 2200

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
This course has two objectives. Firstly, to familiarise students with the theoretical foundations of diplomatics and palaeography. Secondly, to give students the skills to be able to apply the theory with regard to: deciphering ancient texts, identification of writings, textual analysis of historical documents, etc.

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Course contents :
The palaeography part of the course considers evolution of the roman alphabet since the early centuries BC to the 18th Century. The course examines the principal characteristics of each type of alphabet using historical documents. The diplomatics part covers a wide historical period from the 7th to the 18th centuries and introduces students to the principal rules and traditions of the field.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
As well as covering the theory, the course is also applied and offers students the opportunity to decipher and analyse historical charters themselves in class.

Assessment methods and criteria :
The students have to prepare some texts that are examined in class.

The final examination has three parts 1) a theoretical part 2) the analyse of a text studied in class 3) the analysis of a second text not previously studied in class.

Recommended or required reading :
An annotated bibliography is supplied.

Other information :
A course syllabus including a detailed course plan and numerous documents is provided and should be brought to each class.