GLS 177 : A JOURNEY
THROUGH THE HISTORY OF FRANCE
Avignon – Tours – Paris
Taught by: Dr. Norval L. Bard
& Dr. Sally Fowler
2 credit hours
November 27 – December 12,
Few countries evoke as strong
a reaction as France. Respected as a bastion of architectural, linguistic
and culinary excellence, we often find their actions on the contemporary
political stage difficult to understand. This course will give the participants
a chance to learn about the importance of French history to the French
themselves, through an exploration of her history and culture, with a particular
focus on her architectural monuments. Related themes will include how people
lived in and around those structures, with attention paid to the role of
women throughout French history.
The course will begin in Avignon
where we will explore the Gallo-Roman and medieval structures that have
survived, in Avignon, Arles, Nîmes and the surrounding countryside.
We then travel to Tours where Renaissance France awaits us in the form
of several famous chateaux including Chenonceau, Blois and Langeais. We
will also visit Angers, where we will spend some time at Université
Catholique de l'Ouest, with whom North Central has an exchange program.
The course will end in Paris
where, in one glorious city, the France of the past and the France of the
future are brought together. Site tours and lectures will bring the historical
and architectural themes of our journey into focus, from the first settlers
on an island in the Seine to the most recent immigrants living in the concrete
Students will spend 14 days
in France during which they will attend lectures and other events, visit
and explore historical sites and reflect on their experience in order to
understand the role of history in French life. The interdisciplinary nature
of the course will concentrate on three periods of French history:
General Course Components
The Gallo-Roman and Medieval Periods
[based in Avignon];
The French Renaissance [based
Contemporary France [based in
Before Departure: Selected
readings, 2 required meetings & 2 online quizzes
During the Trip: Selected
readings & worksheets for the sites we will visit.
After the Trip: The timeline
& integrative paper due
Students will be required to participate
in all of the activities of this course. Active participation will
be marked by evidence of personal engagement with the readings, course
material, discussions, and visits.
Worksheets and Timeline: (40)%
Worksheets are to be turned in after each day and then again with the timeline.
Integrative (final) Paper: (15%)
The final paper for this course will be an integrative assignment in which
students are asked to reflect upon how this trip has contributed to their
understanding of the “presence of the past” for French culture. This
paper will need to include factual or actual observations from the trip,
written to support an interpretative approach to those sites/visits.
This paper will be due the first week of Winter term 2007. Length
= approx. 3,000 words.