Fall 2018 - HIST 416 D100

The French Revolution (4)

Class Number: 5194

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 5036, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Roxanne Panchasi
    1 778 782-6809
    Office: AQ 6017
  • Prerequisites:

    45 units including nine units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 223, 224.



An analysis of the origins of the Revolution, of its changing nature, and of its impact on society. The Revolution will be examined in its European context.


This course examines the French Revolution as a foundational in modern history. Moving beyond a chronicle of major events, we will examine the revolution as a site of political and historical debate from 1789 to the present. Throughout the term, we will ask questions concerning the revolution’s origins, stages, and legacies, as well as its global influences and reach. Considering a variety of scholarly approaches and methodologies, we will examine connections between debates over the revolution’s meanings and impact and the politics of historical interpretation. We will also look closely at a range of cultural representations of this now mythological set of historical events, thinking about the continued fascination with—and relevance of—the French Revolution in the contemporary world.


Students in this course will:

  • Become familiar with the major ideas, figures, and events of the era of French Revolution in France and its empire.
  • Examine a range of primary and secondary sources, considering different types of historical evidence while engaging with and evaluating debates and controversies regarding the French Revolution in national and global perspective.
  • Develop their oral communication skills in group discussions and seminar presentations.
  • Develop their writing skills by completing a range of assignments: reading notes, in-class writing, short essays, and an in-depth research project. Major writing assignments will include stages of draft preparation, peer response, and revision.


  • Seminar Participation 20%
  • Film Analysis 10%
  • Short Essays (2 x 5 pages) 40%
  • Research Assignment & Presentation 30%
  • *Assignments and grading may be subject to change prior to the beginning of term.



Jack Censer & Lynn Hunt, The French Revolution & Napoleon: Crucible of the Modern World (2017)

*A number of additional readings will also be required and available via Canvas.

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