History of France

History of France

New optional class for social sciences track students
  • Notre Dame Cathedral (photo: S. Borisov/Shutterstock)Notre Dame Cathedral (photo: S. Borisov/Shutterstock)

This summer, students in the social sciences track will have the opportunity to take a new, optional class in June and/or July: The History of France through Parisian Footprints.

By popular demand, the class will take students on a journey through time as they study the history of France while exploring its capital.  A mixture of in-class sessions and excursions to Parisian monuments and neighbourhoods will ensure that students acquire a comprehensive understanding of the development of modern France.  A different course, each covering a distinct era, will be offered during the June and July sessions of the Summer School.

  • During the June session, the class will cover the foundation of Paris to the Enlightenment, including visits to the Roman Thermal Baths at the Musée de Cluny, the Sainte Chappelle, the Marais neighbourhood, and the Musée du Louvre.
  • In the July session, the class will take students from the eve of the French Revolution in 1789 through World War II. In addition to visits of Parisian neighbourhoods, students will study artistic representations of the period through theatre and film.

Classes meet three afternoons a week for 2-3 hours at a time, after the conclusion of the daily core social sciences classes. Each session features 24 contact hours, for which students will be eligible to earn 2 ECTS credits.

The History of France through Parisian Footprints is only open to students who have been admitted to a core social sciences class.  Admitted students may sign up for the class when they complete their registration for the Summer School.  Tuition fees for this optional class are 500 € per session. 

Download the syllabi for the complete academic programme:

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