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Douglas Biow, Director MEZ 3.126, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-3470

Spring 2009

EUS 340M • Continu & Change in Mod France

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35580 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
MEZ 2.122
Aynesworth, D

Course Description

Analysis of important cultural trends and structures of 20th-century France. Readings and lectures in English.The course will deal with French society from 1789 to the present day. Readings will focus on collective and individual reflections of the most significant crises in French history during the period in question. The dominant theme is the emergence of modern France from the revolutionary attack -- at once political, legal, religious and military--on the ancien régime,the old, monarchically governed, tripartite society of clergy, aristocracy and the third estate (which included everyone who was neither royal, nor aristocratic nor a member of the clergy). In other words, how were royal subjects transformed into citizens with various, clearly defined civil rights, and why has the history of modern France been so often so violent? Fulfills basic education requirement in writing.( May not be counted toward the fulfillment of the language requirement for any bachelor's degree.

Grading Policy

Students may choose to do one long paper or three shorte papers. The long paper is worth 80% of the course grade; shorter papers are worth 20%, 30% and 30% respectively. Those who elect to do one paper will do two written progress reports at appropriate moments during the semester. Whichever choice the students with regard to written work, he or she is expected to consult closely with me on the choice of a topic and on the development of the paper. Any topic relating to French society, culture, or history during the period in question is a viable paper subject. Class participation, which means oral discussion of the reading materials, is worth 20% of the grade. Final Exam: NO


Honore de Balzac, A Murky Business Anthology of readings available at Speedway Printing, Dobie Mall


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