Versailles: From Its Origins to Today (Beginning)

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Versailles: From Its Origins to Today (Beginning)

  • Host University

    Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    French Culture, History

  • Language Level

    Beginning, Low Intermediate, Intermediate

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    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.

    Pedagogical approach
    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).

    Preferred supports
    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.

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.

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.