Studying The Auvergne as a Region
These classes are all taught in English. This « UE libre » aims at offering a vast cultural panorama about the Auvergne Region to all foreign students registered (for at least one course) at the Service Commun des Langues Vivantes (SCLV) in association with the International Relations department.
A \ Tourism and heritage in the Auvergne: 6h TD
Instructor: Catherine Morgan-Proux.
Cultural Studies Department This 6 hour class will approach the Auvergne from the angle of tourism and heritage as a way of giving international students an additional perspective of the cultural identity of the region. The resources, infrastructures and organisation of regional tourism will be put into a national context, France being the world’s top tourist destination. Field trips, for example to the Romanesque cathedral of Clermont Ferrand Notre Dame du Port, World heritage UNESCO site, to the Puy de Dome or to the Plateau de Gergovie will give students an opportunity to experience and analyse cultural tourism attractions and will form the basis of the evaluation. This class will be closely tied to the archaeology module of Mr. Surmely as a way of illustrating the ties between and heritage tourism and history.
B \ Mammoths, volcanoes and thousands of years of history: 6h TD
Instructor: Frederick Surmely. History of Art department.
History began in the Auvergne a million years ago. Our ancestors witnessed the age of the mammoth, the eruptions of volcanoes, as well as technological and cultural revolutions. This module will be a presentation of this long history and current research, combined with field trips to museums and sites. It will be linked to the tourism and heritage module taught by Catherine Morgan-Proux
C \ An insight into some regional brands: Thiers: a history of knife craftsmanship, ASM-CA: rugby at the top: 6h TD
Instructor: Gilmour Fontaine. Service Commun des Langues Vivantes
The Auvergne, and more particularly the Puy-de Dôme is a land of many customs and traditions. This class will offer an insight into some regional brands combining local culture and sport aspects. Thus, it will give international students the opportunity to discover two symbols of the region that are the town of Thiers and its long history of the cutlery industry, especially the knife craftsmanship, and the rugby club ASM-CA closely tied to the history of the Michelin tyre company. A field trip will be organized.
D \ Volcanic Auvergne and Clermont-Ferrand a City on a volcano: 6h TD
Instructor: Benjamin van Wyk de Vries. Laboratoire Magmas et Volcans, Department of Geology
The Auvergne is a volcanic region, and the volcanoes have impacted the life of the region in many ways. This class will take you through the volcanic urban landscape of Clermont-Ferrand, showing how eruptions affected the landscape, and prepared the environment of the city. We shall look at what might happen when the volcanoes re-awake. We shall also use the current UNESCO world heritage project ’Chaîne des Puys and Limagne Fault’ to look at the Auvergne’s geological setting, and make connections around the world. The course will take place partly with a geological walk around town (where you will get to feel some live rock) and in the classroom with some hard Google Earthing to take you virtually around the region.
Last updated: September 2015