Learning outcomes

The Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures trains specialists in French and Latin languages and literature.

At the end of their training, students will have an expert literary and linguistic knowledge allowing them to produce a precise and rigorous analysis, guided by a critical mind-set and intellectual independence, with a view to interpreting an author’s ideas, a question relating to a societal issue or a linguistic phenomenon in its context.

The challenge for students is to demonstrate, on the basis of their critical mind-set, how the building blocks of their maternal language contributed to and developed the evolution of a language which is preeminent in modern society.

On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :

1. Situate, analyse and interpret the different areas of French and Latin literature in a coherent and relevant way.

1.1. Attain expert knowledge of two modern and ancient languages including their vocabulary, grammar (morphology and syntax), their stylistics and rhetoric.
1.2. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of French and Latin works of literature and their authors, by mastering the tools and methods used in the analysis and interpretation of those texts.
1.3. Apply knowledge of vocabulary and grammar to French and Latin texts looked at during the course or individually, on the basis of different activities (translations into and out of the language studied, individual research, argumentative essays, preparation of oral presentations and production of written work).

2. Recognise, from within French and Latin literature, links relating to circulation, similarities and also differences and specific features between different authors, works and general historical and literary trends.


3. Understand questions relating to philology, linguistics and the theory of literature and produce a critical reading of a text using the analytical and interpretation tools offered by the available methods and practices.

3.1. Conduct every aspect of data management: gather it, analyse it, classify it and determine its relevance.
3.2. Implement a critical approach: identify the original sources of the data, assess their value and analyse their impact.
3.3. Demonstrate the ability to summarize: efficiently analyse the data inherent to a situation or a question with a view to drawing the most appropriate conclusions or solutions from them.

4. Problematize a research question and implement a suitable method of analysis based upon the disciplinary field chosen for the final assignment.

4.1. Examine a theme by demonstrating its origins, development, circulation and possible permanency within French and Latin literature.
4.2. Communicate the results of research work in writing.

5. Develop, on the basis of French and Latin languages, reflective and critical knowledge allowing them to become actors in modern society, and intellectuals in the area of humanities, open to a dialogue between language, literature and other artistic and scientific knowledge.

5.1. Take reasoned positions on complex problems.
5.2. Acquire the independence necessary to develop lifelong independent learning.