Versailles: From Its Origins to Today (Beginning)
Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
Area of Study
French Culture, History
Beginning, Low Intermediate, Intermediate
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.