Extended Learning Department (DFH)

Subject-specific learning, in an effort to ensure employability and expertise, can lead to students losing sight of the wider perspective while favouring individualistic strategies to the detriment of collective benefit. The importance of wider learning lies in honing this sense of humanity which helps the each learner to move away from a utilitarian relationship with the world and instead move towards a broader and more diversified mindset that better suits both the world we live in now as well as that of our future.

The university’s identity is strongly influenced by its “Confluence” project, which represents a geographical location, a scientific programme and a desire to come together with others.

The Extended Learning Department (Département de Formation Humaine, DFH) plays a role in this project by providing forums for sharing different perspectives on the world we live in. This multidisciplinarity is a real source of inspiration, enriching UCLy’s degree-specific teaching with an awareness of the current issues of modern society.

The DFH offers students :

  • A wide range of methodological tools to strengthen what they've learnt (‘Improvisation and Public Speaking’, ‘Discernment and Critical Thinking’, ‘Introduction to radio using RCF radio station’);
  • Modules to develop their curiosity (‘French cuisine: cultural heritage to discover’, ‘Cinema: the history and language of images’, ‘Introduction to french sign language’);
  • The chance to gain insight into fields of research outside of their discipline to enrich their learning ('Introduction to Psychology’, ‘A look into Clinical Criminology’, ‘Introduction to Anthropology: Unity of Humankind and Cultural Diversity’);
  • A variety of practices aimed toward getting a better understanding of self-awareness (‘Relaxation, Concentration and Presence’, ‘Emotional Intelligence and Positive Psychology’, ‘Understand how the brain works to improve learning strategies’);
  • Space for reflection upon the current issues of the contemporary world (‘Contemporary International Relations’, ‘The Big Ethics Debates: Artificial intelligence’, ‘Think and live interculturality’).

ECTS credits can sometimes be awarded for these modules. Most modules have sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm, while some are in the form of intensive sessions during the Autumn and Winter breaks.

A very diversified offer of courses open to all students

The DFH wishes to work towards an outward-looking mindset, with ethical considerations placed at the centre of the wide range of courses taught by UCLy. So, when you study at UCLy, you can acquire an excellent both knowledge and expertise of your subject area thanks to the different faculties alongside a social and cultural education with an emphasis on a sense of civic duty, what it means to be alive, inspiration as well as the meaning of self-discovery.

Our degree courses will only help society if those who complete them are able to take the focus away from themselves and put their expertise at the service of an external reality; not just themselves and those like them but a human, political, legal, economic, ecological and cosmological whole.

Contact us

Extended Learning Department

+33 4 72 32 51 56