Introduction to French Studies

Module code: FR1050

“French studies” is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary subject area and our introductory module will provide you with key insights into this field of study. The programme will cover major events of French history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and will introduce you to the critical analysis of films and written texts. It will enable you to understand contemporary French culture and politics as well as appreciate how history shapes the identity of a nation over time. This module is designed to equip you with a solid background to study further facets of French and francophone culture throughout your degree.

Topics covered

  • French studies: an interdisciplinary field
  • French national identity and narratives
  • Republicanism
  • Ideology and Colonialism
  • War and conflicts
  • Social and political protest and activism
  • Post-war period
  • Post-colonial and post-industrial France

Learning

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 2 hours of demonstrations
  • 4 hours of film sessions
  • 122 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Group presentation (30%)
  • Essay, 1,500 words (70%)