Specialized heuristics and exercises on questions of history : modern times

lhist1433  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Specialized heuristics and exercises on questions of history : modern times
4 credits
15.0 h + 15.0 h
Mostaccio Silvia; Musin Aude (compensates Mostaccio Silvia);

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
The student is progressively introduced to working tools, synthesizing works and important monographs, as well as the typology of sources for the period considered. These exercises are designed to complement the corresponding heuristics course.
During group exercise sessions, various sources related to the period concerned are successively presented and analysed, on the basis of a preliminary, personal work by students.

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


By the end of the course, the students should be capable of carrrying out documentary research for the modern period, situating it in the context of the problems analysed as finely as possible and grasping the link between the problem and recourse to documentation. By the end of the exercises, the student should be capable of successfully carrying out in-depth study of documents related to modern history (nature of the source, contents, critical problems, interest).


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”.
Commented presentation of principle working tools, synthetic works and sample monographs.
Typology of principal sources based on editions.
Research on unedited documents in the archives.
Group application of the method using exercises.
In-depth group study of documents that are varied so as to sketch a typology of the principal sources available for modern times (for example accounting documents, legislative texts, pamphlets, the press, parish registers, etc.).
Personal effort by means of two assignments.
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
Oral Examination. Based on answers given to practical questions, after preparation (heuristic of a "master memoire' type subject and narrower questions).
Exercises : based on course participation and written reports
Other information
 Support : Student Notes. Syllabus in the form of a bibliographical list
Teaching : the professor and, should need arise, assistants assigned by the Department.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in History

Minor in History