Middlebury Language Schools

Dominique Agostini




Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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FREN 6636 - Mediterranean Cult & Civ      

Histoire de la Méditerraneée / Mediterranean Ancient Culture and Civilization

The purpose of this course is to present a general view of the Mediterranean history from the Antiquity to Modern times. We will put a special emphasis on the Greek and Hellenistic period and on the Roman Empire. The Middle Ages with the rising of Islam, the crusades and the Italian cities will also be studied, as well as the Renaissance and the constitution of the Ottoman Empire.
We will finish our historical journey with the 19th century when Mediterranee was divided by western nations. Beyond the historical point of view, we will study the geographical and cultural aspects of the region. The course will thus have a pluridisciplinary approach.

Required Text: Jean Carpentier, Francois Lebrun, Histoire de la Méditerranée, editions seuil 2006.

N.B Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent to 6525). (Besides regular credits this course may also count for one unit (i.e. 3 credits) in the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies program) Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011

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FREN 6639 - World Economy 1945-2014      

The World Economy from 1945 to 2014
(Section A - Methodology ; Section B - Civilization)

The aim of this course is to give the students a broad view of the main economical events since the post war reconstruction to the world crisis.
We will first study the rebuilding of the world economy after the WWII, the beginning of the common market, the thirties golden years as well as the american leadership. Then, we will focus on the oil crisis and of the new economical order that came after the seventies. In this period, we will study the windening of Europe, the collapse of communist world and the victory of liberalism. Finally, we will explain the outcome of the globalisation and the rise the emmerging economies like China, India and Brazil as well as the growth of the African countries. Of course, we will spend some time to explain the world crisis and its consequences on the economical structures. We will give an interdisciplinary view of those topics. Our analysis will be mainly economical but we will also give a sociological, cultural and historical point of view. The students do not need to have an economical background to follow this course.

Required Text:
Daniel Cohen; La Prospérité du vice; ISBN est : 978-2-253-15965-0; édition le livre de poche

Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6679 - Contemporary France      

(Section A - Methodology ; Section B - Civilization)

France has gone through many changes, european integration, globalization, euro zone crisis. Despite all these changes, France has still the will to play a major role in the world. This role is based on its « soft power », that is to say its cultural and social model. The aim of this course is to give a general outlook of french culture and society in an era of globalization and crisis. We will focus mainly on demography, immigration, social stratification, educational system, religious beliefs, work and leisure, artistical trends, etc.

This course will be pluridisciplinary and we will always study these topics in their economical and historical context.

N.B. Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent to 6525)."

Required Text:
L'Etat de la France 2013-2014; ISBN 978-2-7071-7637-0; Editions la découverte Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2011, Summer 2012, Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN 6685 - World Economic Crisis      

Understanding world economical crisis today / Comprendre la crise aujourd’hui et ses implications sur l’Europe

The world is going throught it’s worst economical crisis since 1929. This crisis tends to undermine the frame of capitalism. The weakness of the american growth and the recession in Europe give way to the wealth of new nations like China, Brazil and India. Europe is in a very bad shape and a deep reform of it’s institution is badly needed as well as it’s economical system.
France need to rewamp it’s economical model to face this new environnement.
In this course we will give an historical perspective to understand how this crisis occurred. With the help of simple economical notion we will explain the main mechanism of this crisis. We will also focus on social problems.
Our aim is to help the students to understand how a new world is coming.

Required Text: Jean-Luc Gréau, La Grande Récession (depuis 2005) folio, Editions Gallimard, 2012. Civ Cul & Soc Methodology

Summer 2013

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FREN 6692 - Mod Periods Mediterranean Civ      

La méditerranée dans le monde actuel / Modern Periods of Mediterranean Civilization

"The Mediterranean occupies an important place in the 20th century as it has been involved in the two world wars and it is still the centre of the major conflicts of the second part of the 20th century. Today the major powers are aware that world peace cannot be reached if the Mediterranean conflicts are not settled. This is why France and Europe have the aim of stabilizing a region through “l’Union pour la méditerranée” which was launched in 2008. The course will give a large overview of the geopolitical problems of the region since 1945. We will study all the countries around the Mediterranean and we will examine the major conflicts of the Near East. And we will see how Europe and France can become major actors in the region. No previous knowledge required.

Required text:Histoire de la Méditerranée,Jean Carpentier, Francois Lebrun, editions Seuil 2006. ISBN 978-2-02-051913-7

N.B Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent to 6525).

Besides regular credits this course may also count for one unit (i.e. 3 credits) in the M.A. in Mediterranean Studies program

Summer 2012

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