Historical Foundations of Western Civilisation : Contemporary Period

lfial1420d  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Historical Foundations of Western Civilisation : Contemporary Period
3 credits
22.5 h
Van Ypersele Laurence;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Using the material learned in the course "Fondaments 1," the course aims to make the student more familiar with two or three of the crucial research problems issuing from each period and touching different areas of research. In this manner, the course leads the student to a deeper understanding of Western society from Antiquity to the present time. The lecturer will not address the two "inter-period" themes that formed the basis of the "Fondements 1" course in the first semester. The topics developed during the four series will be discussed and agreed upon by the lecturers.

- Four series of "directed readings," each bearing on one of the four periods of history: Antiquity, Middle Ages, the Modern Era, and the Contemporary Period
- Preparation and deepening of one's knowledge of the subject matter through these readings.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


- For each of the four periods, to master the chronology of the history of Western civilization and the main foundations of Western history.
- By examining some sources, to master how historical knowledge is developed.
- For each of the periods studied, to be able, starting from a "reading folder," to elucidate some of the major problems of historical research.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
By way of continuation of the 'Historical foundations of Western civilization I' course, this course will take a deeper look into the important political, economic and social trends throughout modern history, with a particular focus on the two world wars.
Teaching methods
The course will be based on the reading folder, which will provide students with documentation on the developed issues of historical research within the course. These readings will be used as a reference for the teacher and will be a full-fledged part of the student's individual work.
A folder with sources that will be commented during the course will also be used as a reference.
Evaluation methods
Oral exam regarding the course and set reading
Other information
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Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in History

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Minor in History