French 5: Napoléon, un personnage à part
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Sorti du rang pour atteindre le sommet était-il un génial ambitieux ou un simple arriviste ? Commencant sa carrière sous la Révolution en a-t-il été le continuateur ou au contraire le fossayeur ? Est-il une sorte de précurseur de l’Europe ou au contraire n’y a-t-il semé que la mort et la désolation ? A-t-il laissé une France plus riche ou une France ruinée ? Voilà quelques-unes des questions que nous nous poserons ensemble sur ce personnage à part.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: LFW57
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
In these 3 sessions we will follow the main developments of Napoléon’s life and career from his birth in Corsica (1769), his rise through the army ranks, his conquest of power culminating with “le Sacre” as an Emperor (1804) and finishing with his death in exile (1821). We will travel with Napoléon in Spain and Italy and as far away as Egypt and Russia sharing his good days in the office, military victories and the bad ones in defeats.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- A young and talented military man raising from the rungs during the Révolution.
- Using military victories (Italy, Egypt) to gain political power (Coup d’état du 18 Brumaire).
- Le Sacre. Becoming Empereur. A first in France.
- More military campagns in Europe and up to Russia leading to retreats and defeats.
- First abdication and first exile.
- Second abdication and exile this time for good. Napoleon, a legend taking place.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand and explain who Napoleon was
- comprehend why and how he remains both a main character in French history but also a political outcast.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have an advanced level of French (Citylit French 4 or 5 level / B2 onwards), as the class will be delivered in French.
Some additional documents will be available in English. You do not need to be an accomplished historian to enjoy the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a lecture, and is therefore tutor-led. However, you will be required to participate. You might be ask to read
some short historical documents, look at maps, pictures, watch some film extracts.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any French 4 or 5 course appropriate to your level. Please check our website for details or contact Languages on languages@citylit.
Frederic was born in a small village in Provence and goes back there every summer to meet his family and friends. However, aged 20, he moved to Paris and feels a bit like a "parisien". In Paris he followed courses at the Sorbonne University studiying " les humanités " ( Philosophy, psychologie and linguistic) and worked for some years as a journalist. He didn't like that job having to compromise too often with editorial and corporate lines. Frederic went on delivering courses and teaching material in refugees camps in south east Asia. There he discovered in education the human touch he missed in journalism. Back in Europe he took several teaching positions first in France then in London involving French as a foreign language and French for business with Westmister, City and Birkbeck Universities. His teaching is focused around his students' needs. For the last ten years Frederic has been delivering lectures and workshops at citylit around historical and cultural subjects such as " Versailles, Le métro de Paris, la Révolution Francaise, Napoléon, la colonisation et la décolonisation, Ch. De Gaulle ( The stateman, not the airport ) and others.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.