Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HIST1284 - History of Modern Times

Credits : 5

Lecturers :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first term, 60 hours of theory.

Timetable :
First term
Monday from 08:30 to 10:30 at 119 Marais 1200
Thursday from 15:45 to 17:45 at 119 Marais 1200

Language of instruction :
French. Technical terms borrowed from other languages will systematically be explained in the frame-syllabus.

Learning outcomes :
This course aims at introducing the students to the major "dividing lines" of Modern Times (16th, 17th and 18th centuries). It also aims to develop the students' capacity to approach a period of transition in Western history in its "long" dimension: understand the political, social and religious structures throughout Modern Times, but also beyond the chronological limits of the studied period (ruptures and continuities with the previous and following periods); in its "medium" dimension: analysis of the cyclic movements, especially in institutional and economic matters; and in its "short" dimension: assess the direct impact of events on political, social, religious and cultural history. This course also aims to discover new horizons through the analysis of colonial phenomena (mainly in America).

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in History :

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

For the Bachelor in Philosophy :

For the Bachelor in Political Sciences: General :

Co-requisites :

Course contents :
This course is developed around four major themes:
1) The genesis of the Modern State and on the comparison of political systems in Europe in the 17th and 18 th centuries
2) The main upheavals of Western society (including the intellectual, geographical and religious frames) that occurred at the dawn of Modern Times;
3) society and economics from the 16th to 18th century;
4) culture(s) and civilisation(s). The course will essentially focus on Western Europe (the Empire, France, England, the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and the former Netherlands) without forgetting the other continents to which Europe specifically opened up during Modern Times.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
This course is a lecture, which does not exclude the possibility of discussions and exchange of views.

Assessment methods and criteria :

Recommended or required reading :
A general bibliography and lists of specialised works that enable to deepen the studied subject matter will be provided in the frame-syllabus.

Other information :
A frame-syllabus including a detailed course outline, maps and bibliographical references.