Understanding Contemporary France 2

Module code: FR1018
Module co-ordinator: TBC

This module is part of a two-module sequence that focuses on events that have contributed to the formation of contemporary France. It is structured around key theoretical frameworks of analysis. We will look at differing perspectives on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries through cultural production of various kinds, including cinema, novels, painting, and bande dessinée. Topics covered in this module include post-war modernisation, decolonisation, May '68, and post-industrial France. Students examine the repercussions of these changes and conflicts on French identity.

The set text is Azouz Begag, Le gone du Chaâba (Seuil, 1986).

(The first module, FR1017 Understanding Contemporary France 1, covers the First World War, the triumphant period of French colonialism, and the Second World War.)


  • 3 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of seminars
  • 6 hours of screenings
  • 85 hours of guided independent study


  • Group presentations on Begag, Le gone du Chaâba (30%)
  • Exam, 3 hours (70%)