2023-2024 / LROM0196-1

Introduction to research in Roman studies and the thesis


15h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Laurent Demoulin, François Provenzano


François Provenzano

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course aims to prepare students for scientific reading and writing in the disciplines involved in Romance Studies. It is divided into two main sections.

The first one involves mastering bibliographic research tools (online) and the formal techniques of ars citandi. After an ex cathedra lecture session, students will carry out exercises in class, under the supervision of the teaching staff.

The second part involves reading and understanding a scientific text, in literary studies and linguistics. The class teachers will suggest a text to be read together and will help the students to understand it. Students then work at home to write a summary and a possible extension based on the proposed texts. These written works, corrected by the class teachers, will be the subject of a group correction session.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

By the end of the course, students will have mastered the prerequisites for developing a dissertation project in Romance studies.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

To have acquired the necessary credits in Romance Languages and Literatures to access this Bac3 course.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is given face-to-face. It alternates between ex-cathedra lectures, exercises and seminars.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face only.

Recommended or required readings

Written work / report

Additional information:

The course is assessed on the basis of an individual written assignment, identical to the one completed during the year. This work consists of :

- choosing a scientific article in literary studies, and a scientific article in linguistics ;

- providing a correct and complete reference

- writing a summary of the article, leading to a possible extension.

The paper will be handed in at the beginning of the examination session. It should be between 3000 and 6000 characters long.

Technically, this work requires an Internet connection and word processing software (such as Word, odt or pdf). If you have any problems meeting these requirements, please let us know. And if you know that one of your fellow students is experiencing difficulties of this type, please contact us too: the university has solutions to resolve these situations.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course takes place on 2nd Term only, on Mondays, from 11AM to 1PM, classroom "Petit Physique".

Resumption : Monday, February 5 2024, 11AM.


Laurent Demoulin

Département de Langues et littératures françaises et romanes
Place Cockerill, 3, bât. A2


François Provenzano

Département de Langues et littératures françaises et romanes
Centre de Rhétorique et Sémiologie
Place Cockerill, 3, bât. A2, bureau A2/4/4

Tél. : 04/366.56.45

Permanences : mercredi, 9h30-11h 


Ariane Nusgens


Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Tableaux approches théoriques
Tableaux au sujet des approches critiques de la littérature commentés au cours.