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Bachelor's degree in History

Sciences Humaines et Sociales

Academic year : 2017 / 2018

last update 29/11/2012

    Course objectives and characteristics

    Students enrolled in the Bachelor’s degree in History receive high quality teaching which is broad, comprehensive and demanding.  Teaching focuses on providing a solid historical foundation based on the systematic research of four periods in history, with a geography component running throughout the six semesters leading to the award of the Bachelor’s Degree in History. Additional academic support (in the form of tutorials, and/or workshops) enables students to reinforce their basic knowledge.  Whatever their professional goals, all our graduates are well-equipped to follow their path, be it research or professional vocational training (both in teaching and other routes).
    Students can also choose to take a History and Sociology combined honours pathway.  This is a path of excellence, for undergraduates with general Baccalaureates (ES, L, and S) capable of handling a high work-load, with an emphasis on independent reading and analysis, and who wish to undertake a year of bi-disciplinary work before choosing to specialise either in History or in Sociology.

    The department offers the possibility of further studies in a Master’s (two years) and a Doctorate (three years) within Evry’s post-graduate school, or collaborating with post-graduate schools in other universities and higher education institutions

     

    Course structure

    The degree lasts three years, or six academic semesters. 

    Each year consists of two teaching semesters each followed by examinations.  Lessons, Lectures (also known as CM), and Practical Seminars (TD) and Tutorials (TP) are grouped into Teaching Units (TU).  Some subjects are compulsory, others are chosen by students from a range of options. These optional papers offer students the chance to study topics of interest from the course in greater detail and/or to discover topics from other disciplines and to explore inter-disciplinary approaches.

    With formal agreement from the course director, modules can be completed with a professional training internship lasting two to four weeks

    The first year of the degree (L1) trains students in the fundamentals of sociology, the second year (L2) develops these and prepares students for specialisation, and during the third year (L3) students begin to specialise.

    First year (L1) pathways possible at the University of Val d’Essonne:

    • Refer to pathways in L3

     

     

    Voir les parcours L3

    Accompagnement pédagogique

    Students receive academic support in various forms throughout their studies :

    • An introductory course before the start of their degree,
    • Access to online services (academic portal, course resources, personal online progress monitoring),
    • A designated supervising tutor,
    • Regular testing in order to know if any academic support within the discipline is necessary or relevant workshops (note-taking, documentary research, oral presentations, etc),
    • Weekly tutorial sessions (assisted by Master’s students)
    • Assistance in identifying potential sectors of employment through the  Personal Professional Plan (PPP),
    • Assistance in reorientation provided by the teaching staff, the Department of Information and Orientation of High School Students and Undergraduates (PIOLE),
    • The chance to obtain professional skills in the short-term (Professional degree)
    • Certificates in languages and information technology as part of your degree (CLES, C21).

     

     

    This course is aimed at those who wish to pursue further studies in History, but equally graduation may lead to directly to employment :

    • Employment in cultural institutions: archivist, librarian in multimedia libraries or other cultural institutions.  Opportunities may also arise in specialised educational institutions.
    • Administration: jobs in local authorities.  The degree also provides good training for various civil service competitive examinations.
    • In business: historians are employed in literature and document surveys, document conservation and archiving, while studies in History can also lead to careers in journalism, publishing, and tourism.  Occasionally opportunities arise in public relations.

     

     

     

    Further study

    This course can lead to direct employment after the bachelor’s degree (bac + 3) or further studies up to Master’s level (bac + 5) and beyond

     

     

    Terms of admission

    Terms of admission
    To be admitted to L1, candidates must have at least one of the following :

    • A Baccalaureate diploma
    • An Access to Higher Education certificate (Diplôme d’Accès aux Etudes Universitaires, DAEU)
    • A diploma from France or recognised overseas, recognised as equivalent to the Baccalaureate in accordance with national regulations
    • One of the validation certificates established by articles L.613-3, L.613-4 et L.613-5 of the Educational Code, recognising the applicant’s past studies, professional experience or personal strengths with a view to embarking on a course of higher education. 

    For admission to the second year (L2) students must have:

    • 60 academic credits (ECTS) from the first year of this course,
    • or, 60 academic credits (ECTS) from the first year of another course and the formal agreement of the course director.

     

     

     

      Semester 1

       Modules

       Hours

       

       CM

       TD

       TU11: Fundamental modules

       

       

       Ancient History: The Greek world

       18

       

       Medieval History: The West, Byzantium and Islam (5th to 8th centuries)

       18

       

       Modern History:  Ancient Government Institutions

       18

      18 

       Contemporary History: The 19th century

       18

      18 

       TU12: Multidisciplinary modules

       

       

       Any two of the following modules:

       Introduction to Economics

       18

       

       Introduction to Management

       18

       

       Introduction to Sociology

       18

       

       Compulsory module:

      Introduction to Geography

       18

       

       TU14: Tools and methods in academic work

       

       

       Introduction to Methodology

       

       18 

       Modern language 1 or presentation

       

       18

       Data processing and office automation (C2I)

       

       18

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Semester 2

       Modules

       

       TU21: Fundamental modules

      Ancient History: The Roman World

      Medieval History: The West, Byzantium and Islam (8th – 11th centuries)

      Modern History:  Economy and Society in France

      Contemporary History:  The 19th Century in Europe (nations, nationalities et nationalism)

       TU22: Methodology in the field of History

       Introduction to documents (ancient history)

       Introduction to documents (medieval history)

       Introduction to documents (geographical)

       Introduction to Historiography

       TU24: Tools in academic work

       Modern language 1: English, German or Spanish

       Personal Professional Plan

       TU2L: Optional module

      Choose from:

      Inter-disciplinary module (including ancient Greek)

      Accepted module from another department

      Professional Teacher Training (PPME)

      Arts / Modern language 2 / Sports

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Semester 3

       Module

       Hours

       

       CM

       TD

       TU31: Fundamental modules (1)

       

       

       Ancient History: The Ancient Greek world

       18

       

       Medieval history: the West (11th – 15th centuries)

       18

       

       Modern history: Comparative History; Spain and England

       18

      18 

       TU32: Fundamental modules (2)

       

       

       History of the French Revolution and the Empire

       18

       

       Contemporary History: 20th century (International Relations)

       36

      18 

       TU33: Additional modules

       

       

       Regional geography

       18

      18 

       Modern language 1: English, German or Spanish

       

      18

       Data processing and office automation – C2i

       

      18

       TU3L: Optional module

       

       (18)

       

       

       or (18)

       

       Choose a module from:

      Inter-disciplinary module

      Accepted module from another department

      Professional Teacher Training (PPME)

      Arts / modern language 2 / sports / Latin

       

      Semester 4

       Modules

       Hours

       

       CM

       TD

       TU41: Fundamental modules (1)

       

       

       Ancient History: the Roman World

       18

       18

       Medieval History: Carolingian Europe (751-987)

       18

       18

       Modern History: International Economic Expansion

       18

       

       TU42: Fundamental modules (2)

       

       

       Contemporary History: 20th century (France / Germany)

       18

       

       Urban Geography

       18

       

       TU43: Additional modules

       

       

       Modern language1: English, German, or Spanish

       

       18 

       Introduction to Archaeology

       18

       

       TU44: Multidisciplinary modules

       

       

       Sociology

       18 

       

       Economics

       18

       

       TU4L: Optional module

       (18)

       

       

      or (18) 

       

       

       Choose from:

       

      Inter-disciplinary module

      Accepted module from another department

      Professional Teacher Training (PPME)  

      Arts / modern language 2 / sports

      Modern and Medieval Palaeography

       

       

      Objet du réglement du contrôle des connaissances

      Bachelor degree = 180 validated ECTS* credits
      Teaching Units are assessed by written and oral examinations.
      The programme of assessments which leads to the awarding of a Bachelor’s degree includes examinations for each semester of the course, comprising:

      • A system of continuous assessment (which may be based on marks awarded for coursework) for the subjects taught in tutorials and/or seminars;
      • A final examination;
      • Or a combination of both methods

      Nonetheless, the continuous assessment method is prioritised as much as possible
      Two distinct examination sessions are organised over the course of the academic year.
      The first examination sessions take place after each semester, with the second (re-sits) held in September.

       

       


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