Introduction to the Byzantine World

lglor1521  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to the Byzantine World
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2020-2021
Coulie Bernard;
Main themes
A historical and cultural introduction to the Byzantine world, from the foundation of Constantinople. The course deals with the main steps of the Byzantine millenium (IVth C. - 1453), focusing on the key-periods and dynasties, territorial evolution, etc.

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

1 At the end of this course, the student will know the main guidelines of Byzantine history and civilisation. He will have acquired the necessary knowledge to complete the teaching using the main tools.
The course is devoted to the period from the foundation to the fall of Constantinople (330-1453): the main period of the Byzantine history, the role of the emperors, the structures of the Byzantine Empire, some main cultural and artistic productions (architecture, art, literature).
The course also presents the main useful bibiographical references.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Lectures are accompanied by ppt presentations.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

For the exam, the student will write a short essay summarizing the course, in which he will highlight what are, according to him, the main characteristics of the Byzantine world, based on the classes and the suggested readings.
The student can aks questions to the teacher at any classses in order to prepare his essay.
The written essay will be orally defended during the exam session. 
Split of the points: written essay 75%; oral presentation 25%.
Characteristics of the written essay: maximum 3 pages, in French, Dutch, English, German or Italian.The essay will be posted in pdf format on the Moodle site of the cours; the deadline will be announced in class. The essay will be submitted to a plagiarism analysis.
Online resources
Documents will be made progressively available (bibliography, lecture plans, documentation) on the Moodle space of the course.
Une bibliographie sélective est donnée au cours.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Minor in Medieval Studies

Minor in Oriental Studies

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies