European Humanism. Lights and shadows of a common history

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    European Humanism. Lights and shadows of a common history

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Art History, European Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    To take this course, the students should have a good university level and should normally have completed at least one semester at university. They must have some ability to work as a group and be able to communicate easily in English at a standard university level. In other respects, the course is intended to serve a mix of profiles and learning backgrounds for a more diverse international learning experience. 

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will provide students with an overview of European common history and highlights its lights and shadows. The interweaving of art history (art, literature, music) and European political and social history is at its heart.  Through an innovative teaching approach, this course gives students the keys to understanding current European issues through history, from Antiquity to contemporary European construction.

    The course is not conceived as an “exclusive history” of Europe, but is open to the world, highlighting the transfers among different civilizations. Europe is presented in all its plurality and contradictions, to help students explore a common European identity and a global citizenship. Topics to be covered will normally include:  

    • History (politics, memory)

    • Arts  


    Learning Outcomes:

    At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

    • Develop humanist and European citizenship

    • Explore Europe's cultural roots

    • Understand European political, economic, and social traditions

    • Understand the links between the arts and the political and social spheres in Europe

    • Learn about a common European history

    • Thinking about yesterday's Europe in order to act for tomorrow's Europe 

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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