Historical Foundations of Western Civilisation I : Antiquity and Middle Ages

lfial1150  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Historical Foundations of Western Civilisation I : Antiquity and Middle Ages
3 credits
30.0 h
Bertrand Paul; Van Haeperen Françoise;
Main themes
This chronological approach to Antiquity and the Middle Ages is designed to provide an introduction to the main frameworks and the essential historic concepts which are linked to it, to reveal the variety of sources available to the historian as well as various issues in research.

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


By the end of the course, students will have acquired the following :
1. Knowledge :

  • Have a foundation of core knowledge through a chronology common to the different disciplines (archaeology, history, history of art, literature), with the aim of broadening students¿ general education so they can follow the specialised training courses offered by the Faculty ;
  • Understand and apply the concepts, methods and analytical practices relating to historical research

2. Practical skills :

  • Establish links within the discipline and between the different disciplines in the common semester by making use of the different approaches put forward by the teams of lecturers and tutor ;
  • Master the use of academic language which will enable them to develop skills in understanding and drafting ;
  • Manage, in a relevant and efficient way, the different devices and working tools provided by the lecturers and tutor to make learning more effective and successful.

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”.
The lecturers make use in a critical way of a variety of sources (particularly  textual, archaeological and iconographic).
Teaching methods
4 hours of lectures per week during the first half of the term given by a team of lecturers qualified in the ancient and medieval periods.

Supervision is done through a system of tutorial sessions.

The iCampus course website provides support documents including a detailed plan of the course, suggested bibliographies, chronological tables, texts, maps and  illustrations (monuments, works of art, caricatures).
Evaluation methods
Assessment is on :
  • understanding of the spatio-temporal frameworks and the main concepts ;
  • understanding of aspects developed during the course.
Written exam
Other information
Online resources
Voir site iCampus du cours
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in History

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Bachelor in Philosophy