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CNST 30605 - Section 01: France: Old Regime to Revolut (CRN 20698)
Long Title: France: From the Old Regime to the Revolution

Course Description:
France in 1700, ruled by the Sun King, Louis XIV, was the most powerful state in Europe, as well as a cultural center that drew the attention of the world. At Versailles, just outside of Paris, Louis created a palace that symbolized his authority and still stands as a masterpiece of art and architecture. Less than a hundred years later, in 1789, the French Revolution challenged and eventually destroyed the monarchy, with Louis XVI dying on the guillotine in 1793. The course will be organized around major political developments, and seeks to understand how the monarchy could grow so powerful during the seventeenth century, and then collapse at the end of the eighteenth. It will open with the establishment of the Bourbon family on the throne in 1589 and conclude with the rise of Napoleon in 1790s, with about one-third of the class concentrating on the revolutionary events that began in 1789. Understanding the political fortunes of France will involve exploring the ways in which the nation was being transformed by a combination of social pressures and cultural conflict, in particular the Enlightenment. In addition to reading a selection of works by historians students will read, view, and listen to some of the great cultural achievements of the time - the plays of Molière, the music of Lully, the novels of Voltaire, the paintings of David, to give just some examples.

Associated Term: Fall Semester 2015
Campus: Main
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course may not be repeated

Must be enrolled in one of the following Minor(s):
Constitutional Studies (MCTS)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Employee Non-Degree (EM) ,  St. Mary's College (SM) ,  Undergraduate Non-Degree (UD) ,  Undergraduate (UG)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
Main (M)

Course Attributes:
HIST - old Core History ,  MESE - European Studies Course ,  ZTST - Final exam

Registration Availability (Overflow: Off )
  Maximum Actual Remaining
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Crosslist Information
Class Information Maximum Actual Remaining
HIST  30450 01, CRN 19575  (Primary) 18 17 1
CNST  30605 01, CRN 20698   2 1 1
Total 20 18 2
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Instructor's Description of Course » Kselman, Thomas » CNST  30605 - Section 01:  France: Old Regime to Revolut (CRN 20698)
This section presents the instructor's preliminary design of the course. It is intended to help students gain a general sense of what the course will be like.
Course Objectives
To learn the history of France from 1600 to 1800, a period when the country was the leading power in Europe, and a center for political and cultural innovation.
To improve critical skills by reading a combination of primary and secondary sources, and responding to them through discussions, oral reports, and writing assignments.
To appreciate the art and culture of France in this period, through a reading of a Moliere play, a novel of Voltaire, and slide shows featuring Poussin, Fragonard, David, and others.
To improve writing skills through a series of written assignments.
Use of Class Time Extent (0-3 scale)
Class discussions or case study reviews
Lecture: present material not in the readings
Lecture: review/elaboration of reading material
Movies, audio tapes, web clips, etc.
Student presentations
Cooperative learning (small groups)
Field trips, experiential learning, or site visits/immersions (during or in lieu of class time)
In-class exercises, simulations/games, or problem set work
Museum or library visits
Quizzes or tests
Student recitals, demonstrations, role plays, or performances
Kinds of Assignments or Learning Activities Emphasis (0-3 scale)
Class attendance
Free-response, essay, or short-answer exam questioning
In-class participation
Individual student presentations
Term/research papers (less than 10 pages)
1-2 page essays, arguments, reflection papers, or question sets
Types of Reading Materials Extent (0-3 scale)
Journal/research articles
Lecture notes or supplements
Scholarly books, monographs, or other non-fiction texts

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