Fiches de cours 2017-2018

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Understanding modern Switzerland I

HUM-422(a)

Enseignant(s) :

Ginalski Stéphanie
Mach André

Langue:

English

Summary

This course provides a general introduction to Swiss history, its culture, its economy and its political system since 1848 until today.

Content

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE IS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS ONLY (i.e. students who did not attend Swiss schools before University). During the fall semester, two-hour lectures will give a general introduction to Swiss history, culture, economy and politics and discuss Swiss particularities such as the question of languages, the system of direct democracy, Switzerland's strong economic position, and the country's firm engagement on the international scene.

 

Study Plan:
I. Mapping Switzerland

II. Switzerland as a cultural and political labyrinth

III. The Wealth of a nation

IV. Switzerland and the world.

 

During the spring semester the students will be asked to write a research paper on a specific subject, which they will select in consultation with the instructors.

Keywords

Switzerland, history, culture, political institutions, economic structure, foreign policy.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

- Fall Semester: Ex cathedra courses
- Spring Semester: Tutorial for research paper

Expected student activities

Active participation in class during the fall semester. Paper to be written within a group of 3-4 students on Swiss history during the spring semester (project in Swiss history + oral presentation).

Assessment methods

Evaluation on a semester basis (grade associated to 3 ECTS). Fall semester evaluation is about knowledge acquisition and the elaboration of a project plan. Spring semester evaluation is about the realization of the project. More information is given at the beginning of the academic year.

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants No
Forum No

Resources

Bibliography

C. Trampusch, A. Mach (ed.), Switzerland in Europe. (Routledge, 2011); Kreisi, Hanspeter, et al. Contemporary Switzerland: Revisiting the Special Case. New York: Palgrave, 2005; Switzerland, National Socialism, and the Second World War. Report of the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland- Second World War. Zurich: Pendo Verlag, 2002.

C. H. Church, R. C. Head, A Concise History of Switzerland. (Cambridge University Press: 2013).

Ressources en bibliothèque

Dans les plans d'études

Semaine de référence

 LuMaMeJeVe
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17  CM1221  
17-18    
18-19  CM1221  
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Cours
      Exercice, TP
      Projet, autre

légende

  • Semestre d'automne
  • Session d'hiver
  • Semestre de printemps
  • Session d'été
  • Cours en français
  • Cours en anglais
  • Cours en allemand