History of Humanism

lfial2150  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

History of Humanism
5 credits
22.5 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2017-2018
Guiderdoni Agnès; Smeesters Aline;
Prerequisite : basic knowledge of modern history.
Main themes
The lecture course is tailored to a diverse audience; we shall either examine essential themes (the book, the Reformation, the Great Discoveries, education, the return to Antiquity, etc.), or illustrious personalities (Petrarch, Poliziano, Erasmus, etc.), which will reveal different facets of humanism: a movement that sought to come to terms with the important transformations in what one knew about the world and the human being. The course will likewise show humanism's contribution to the different areas that now make up the Faculty of Philosophy, arts and Letters (history, philology, literature, art, etc.).

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


Specifically, humanism designates the intellectual movement that restructured the image of the world and the conception of the human being in the Renaissance. The aim of the course is to study the elements that allowed and favored the emergence of such a movement, and to study the ways in which this movement attained a lasting influence.


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”.
After addressing some terminological issues (what is meant by "humanism" and "Renaissance"), the course will start by a chrono-geographical survey outlining the main stages of humanism in the leading European countries. Several modules will then focus on a range of concrete issues (for example the printing press development) and of important concepts (for example the philological method applied to the classical authors and to the Bible) attached to the definition of humanism.
Teaching methods
The lecture will be given in turn by the two teachers. Several additional speakers will be invited to present some specialized issues.
Evaluation methods
A written exam (3 hours) with multiple-choice questions (1/3 of the score) and an open question about a document.
Other information
Course materials : a selection of reading material and a basic bibliography will be given at the beginning of the course.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [60] in Philosophy

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [60] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Teacher Training Certificate (upper secondary education) - Philosophy

Master [60] in History

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology: Musicology

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures