Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course provides a comprehensive overview of the origins and development of the French Revolution and Napoleon, from the end of the Ancien Regime (1788) to the fall of Napoleon at the battle of Waterloo (1815). This may be offered as a Summer School course.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. display understanding of the origins of the Revolution and its impact on French society between 1788-1815;

2. display an ability to critically analyze primary and secondary documents in the history field;

3. be able to critically discuss and research aspects of the Revolution and Napoleon in France and Europe;

4. be able to bring historical knowledge to bear upon the understanding of present-day issues associated with Revolution, war, conquest, resistance, and collaboration.


This course will present an overview of the French Revolution and the European wars it engendered between 1788-1815. Major topics to be addressed within this overview include: the Enlightenment; the origins of the Revolution; the impact of the Revolution on French and European societies; the Terror; the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte; the construction of the first French Empire; the reaction of both the European elites and the peoples of Europe to French conquest and the defeat of France by the allied powers.

Assumed knowledge

20 units in History at 1000 level or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Two written assignments

In Term Test: Class test

Participation: Class participation demonstrating preparation and involvement