The French Revolution

The French Revolution was one of the most important upheavals in world history. This course examines its origins, course and outcomes.

About The Course

The French Revolution is one of the great turning-points in history.

In 1789 huge numbers of French peasants, urban workers and middle-class people successfully rebelled against absolute monarchy and the privileges of the nobility. But the struggle over what social and political system should replace the 'Old Regime' was to divide French people and finally the whole of Europe. This subject examines the history of the French Revolution from its origins to 1799.

The French Revolution continues to fascinate us, to inspire us, at times to horrify us. Never before had the people of a large and populous country sought to remake their society on the basis of the principles of liberty and equality. The drama, success and tragedy of their project has attracted students to it for more than two centuries. Its importance and fascination for us are undiminished as we try to understand revolutions in our own times.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I receive a statement after completing this course?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

What sort of assessment will there be?
We will ask you to complete a short weekly quiz so you can check how you are doing. There will also be two written exercises, of 500 and 1,000 words.

What resources will I need?
An internet connection is necessary. A specially written chapter by the lecturer will be provided weekly, with links to recommended documents from the period of the French Revolution. These materials will be linked to each session as appropriate.

Do I earn University of Melbourne credits upon completion of this course? 
No. The Statement of Accomplishment is not part of a formal qualification from the University. However, it may be useful to demonstrate prior learning and interest in your subject to a higher education institution or potential employer.

Do I need to speak French to take this course?

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Recommended Background

No background required; all are welcome