MASTER Genesis of modern Europe (research M2)

This research-orientated M2 proposes a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary examination of the Renaissance's contribution to the formation of modern Europe. Besides methodological and linguistic courses, it comprises a significant number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary seminars which allow students to appreciate fully a wide range of historical and theoretical issues and to explore, both in their own lines of specialisation and in others, the most up-to-date methods, debates and results in Renaissance research.
 

  • Objectives

The principle objective of this specialised research M2 is to provide students with a high degree of knowledge of all aspects of the Renaissance. Comprising both advanced disciplinary courses and a certain number of interdisciplinary seminars dedicated to various areas of Renaissance research, it aims at acquainting students with both the research questions specific to each discipline and the value of a multidisciplinary approach.

This degree prepares students for research through the practice of research. The CESR is a UMR (Mixed Research Unit), attached to both the University François-Rabelais of Tours and the CNRS (National Scientific Research Institute). Master's students are in constant contact with the Centre's research activities and benefit from the numerous international colloquiums held there. The international connections of the CESR also enable students to meet foreign researchers (invited professors, etc.) on a regular basis. For students who intend to do a PhD, this master's degree naturally leads to the “Renaissance” PhD option offered by the CESR/University of Tours.

Considerable importance is placed on the Master's research dissertation produced by each student in the course of the year under the personal supervision of his or her research director. This work serves to develop the students' reflective, linguistic and expressive capacities, thus enabling them to increase, through their own personal discernment and critical thinking, the value of the diverse competencies and knowledge imparted by the seminars.

The M2 “Genesis of Modern Europe” furnishes students with the intellectual and methodological tools needed for pursuing careers, not only in research or higher education, but also in the many professions related to the cultural sector and the world of books which require knowledge of the Renaissance, its material and intellectual production and its contribution to the modern world.
 
  • List of courses or subjects covered by the syllabus

UE 11 Techniques and tools (1 obligatory course; 1 selected course, 6 ECTS): Writing techniques; Formatting; Data management; Palaeography; Latin; Archaeology of printed books; Cataloguing and archiving. 

UE 12 Disciplinary and interdisciplinary seminars (6 selected courses, 10 ECTS): History of science and techniques; Religious beliefs and practices; History; History of art; Musicology; Philosophy; French and Neo-Latin literature; Italian studies; Humanism; Text and Image; European theatre; Dutch literature and civilisation; German literature and civilisation; Spanish literature and civilisation. 

UE 13 Preparation of the Master's dissertation (14 ECTS)

UE 14 Academic and heritage studies (2 selected courses, different from those taken in the M1, 4 ECTS): History of French and Neo-Latin literature; Italian literature and civilisation; English literature and civilisation; Philosophy; Musicology; History of painting; History of architecture; History of books; History of food; Architectural heritage; Artistic heritage (painting, miniatures, sculpture); History of collections; Theatrical practices; Musical performances, Oral corpus; Literature for young people and comics.

UE 15 Disciplinary and interdisciplinary seminars (6 selected courses, different from those chosen for the UE 12, 9 ECTS): History of science and techniques; Religious beliefs and practices; History; History of art; Musicology; Philosophy; French and Neo-Latin literature; Italian studies; Humanism; Text and Image; European theatre; Dutch literature and civilisation; German literature and civilisation; Spanish literature and civilisation.

UE 16 Dissertation completion and defence (17 ECTS)
 

  • Admission requirements
This second year research Master's degree is open to all students holding an M1 (or recognised equivalent diploma) and attesting the necessary capacities to undertake a research dissertation. Written applications are examined individually. Co-direction of the dissertation may be arranged for research projects of a fundamentally interdisciplinary nature. The validation of foreign diplomas will be carried out in conformity with current European regulations.