Sorbonne University launches its first MOOC on EdX

On, Sorbonne University launched a MOOC in the field of humanities produced by the Paris-Sorbonne University on the EdX platform. This first MOOC offers an introduction to classical French theater by Paris-Sorbonne University Professor, Georges Forestier.

This MOOC in classical theater accentuates the training strategy of Sorbonne University, as well as the Pierre et Marie Curie University which has created three MOOCs, one of which is on iPhone and iPad programming made available online on French platform, FUN.


Discovering classical theatre’, produced by teams at Paris-Sorbonne University, invites the audience to familiarize themselves with the theatre of the 17th century and the masterpieces of Molière, Corneille and Racine. Thus, the audience will have the opportunity to discover the history of classical theater, its features, main rules and creative tensions which give classical theatre its originality. By using the many videos and activities suggested, this MOOC allows you to dive right into the heart of the playwright’s creative workshop.


From October 15th to November 30th, 2015, a period of six weeks, a one-hour lesson will be accessible on the American platform. One session requires 1 to 2 hours of individual work which will mainly consist of reading plays. This first set of 6 lessons will be concluded with 6 further lessons at the start of the 2016 academic year. The MOOC is aimed at a wide audience: beginners, enthusiasts and, of course, theater-goers. 

The screenwriting and techniques used - theater models, interplay of actors, script extracts, reading plays, etc. - reinvigorate the style of teaching normally used in online courses and distance learning. Georges Forestier, director of 17th century theater studies at Paris-Sorbonne University, invites you to discover the backstage world of the theater and plays which have survived through the centuries. Georges Forestier has published many works, among which are ‘Le Théâtre dans le théâtre sur la scène française du XVIIe siècle’, ‘Essai de génétique théâtrale : Corneille à l’œuvre’ and ‘Jean Racine’. He is currently finishing a biography on Molière. 


Sorbonne University’s first MOOC launch video

Practical information

September 1st: registration opens
October 15th - November 30th: 6 week session


Lesson details
Lesson duration: 1 hour
Lesson plan:
- Prologue: 10 minutes
- 5 acts: each act offers 6 learning, training or evaluation exercises
Each exercise lasts 10 minutes


Learn more

Le Théâtre dans le théâtre sur la scène française du XVIIe siècle, Geneva, Droz, 1981 and 1996


Essai de génétique théâtrale : Corneille à l’œuvre, Paris, Klincksieck, 1996 (reprint. Geneva, Droz, 2004)


Jean Racine, Paris, Gallimard, 2006 


Molière, Œuvres complètes, Volume 2, Paris, Gallimard, Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 2010


Preparatory reading: 

Molière, Paris, Gallimard


www.moliè avec Claude Bourqui


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