Versailles: From Its Origins to Today (Intermediate - Advanced)
Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
Area of Study
French, French Culture, History
Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, Superior
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits1
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units1
Hours & Credits
This conference presents in a chronological perspective, the major dates of the creation, development and transformations of the castles of Versailles and Trianon.
1- When Versailles was not open to all (1623-1663);
2- Days of celebration at Versailles (1664-1682);
3- The Sun in his home: Versailles open to all (1682-1715);
4- Versailles after the eclipse: the return of Louis XV (1722-1744);
5- The city against the court: have fun in Paris or Versailles (1745-1774)? ;
6- See Louis XVI at Versailles (1774-1789);
7- Visit the Queen of France at Versailles (1682-1789);
8- When the domain of Versailles becomes a public establishment (1793-1892);
9- "We must save Versailles! (1892-1957);
10- Reception of visitors and the tourist offer (1958-2020).
- Give the students elements so that they understand better the French civilization, the country of which they chose to study the language and in which they live;
- prepare them to take lectures at the University;
- encourage them to visit Versailles and the Parisian cultural sites;
- develop their curiosity;
- give them benchmarks to better understand Western culture, especially Greco-Latin mythology.
Oral comprehension exercise:
- Despite the large number of students present, we pose, in the hall in the auditorium, simple questions containing points already explained;
- Students are asked to repeat proper nouns or complex words;
- The difficult words are explained by images (for example: a grove) or by looking for known simple words (Examples: monarchy, republic).
During the conference:
- Powerpoint screenings are systematically used to illustrate explanations and facilitate understanding; students can read difficult vocabulary and view many images and photos; it uses punctually Internet links to project videos.
- Paper copy given to all students at the entrance to the room.
After the conference:
Answers to student questions and discussion.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.