History and Francophonie
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 lecture series focuses on the history of French and Francophonie. In this cycle, we will show the evolution of the French language and its causes and the links between its diffusion and the French colonization.
These lectures are divided into two-hour sessions highlighting the evolution of French in its historical context. This perspective will also shed light on the etymology of current French and allow learners to understand the origin of words and French grammar.
Course Content: We propose a cycle of ten lectures, entitled History and Francophonie
Program by session:
1st part: History of France and French
1 - The birth of French
2 - The evolution of French
Part 2: Francophonie, a direct consequence of colonization
3 - The first colonial empire (1534 - 1803)
4- The second colonial empire (1830 - 1962)
5- Myths and realities of "the biggest France"
Part 3: Decolonization: weakening or strengthening the Francophonie?
6- The first phase of decolonization: 1945-1955
7- External Intervention (Thursday, March 29, 2018) - Spaces of Francophone Literature by Mr R. Fonkoua
8- The second phase of decolonization: from 1955 to 1962
9 - The consequences of decolonization on the Francophonie
10 - Summary and revisions
- know the origin of French
- understand the evolution of French in the light of the historical context
- to know the origins of the Francophonie and to become aware of its extent
- question the conservation and appropriation of French in other cultures
Course delivered in the form of a lecture with naturally possibility for students to ask questions or to intervene
- During the conference:
Broadcast videos, audio documents and illustrations on Power point support
- After the session:
Written support distributed at the beginning of the conference that allows students to better organize note taking and revisions.
Review held at the 11th meeting
Duration: 2 hours
No authorized documents
Multiple Choice Questionnaire and Reflection Questions Requiring Written Response (for Advanced and Advanced Students)
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.
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.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.