HUM-422 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): Ginalski Stéphanie, Mach André

Language: English

Remark: Une seule inscription à un cours SHS+MGT autorisée. En cas d'inscriptions multiples elles seront toutes supprimées sans notification.


This course provides a general introduction to Swiss history, its culture, its economy and its political system since 1848 until today.



Switzerland, history, culture, political institutions, economic structure, foreign policy.

POLY-perspective :

  • interdisciplinary perspective
  • citizen perspective

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Analyze the key factors of the political, economic and social development of Switzerland
  • Contextualise the main phases of Swiss history from 1848 and replace them in their international context
  • Synthesize the main elements of Swiss history, its culture, its economy and its political system
  • Argue about the causes of the wealth of a nation

Transversal skills

  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking

Teaching methods

- Fall Semester: Ex cathedra courses
- Spring Semester: Tutorial for research paper

Expected student activities

Active participation in class during the fall semester. Paper to be written within a group of 3-4 students on Swiss history during the spring semester (project in Swiss history + oral presentation).

Assessment methods

Evaluation on a semester basis (grade associated to 3 ECTS). Fall semester evaluation is about knowledge acquisition (25% short report on a specific topic related to Switzerland; 75%: multiple choice questionaire exam). Spring semester evaluation is about the realization of the project. More information is given at the beginning of the academic year.


Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum No



- Church, C.H. & R. C. Head, A Concise History of Switzerland, Cambridge University Press, 2013

- Kreisi, H., et al. Contemporary Switzerland: Revisiting the Special Case, Palgrave, 2005;

- Trampusch, C. & A. Mach (ed.), Switzerland in Europe, Routledge, 2011;

- UEK, Switzerland, National Socialism, and the Second World War. Report of the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland- Second World War, Pendo Verlag, 2002.


Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 65
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Understanding modern Switzerland I
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

16-17  MAA330  
18-19  MAA330  

Wednesday, 16h - 18h: Lecture MAA330

Wednesday, 18h - 19h: Project, other MAA330