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Unit information: Shaping France in 2021/22

Unit name Shaping France
Unit code FREN10008
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Marianne Ailes
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

The unit provides students with an overview of issues pertaining to the history, culture and identity of contemporary France by examining key moments and themes in the development of France as a political and cultural entity from the Middle Ages to the present. It will give students a better understanding of the evolving nature of French national identity, of the French Republic, and of its position in Europe and the world across the centuries in order to better comprehend the issues facing French national identity in the contemporary world. It involves a weekly lecture, and a weekly seminar some of which are conducted in French.

Formative: 1 x 10 min group presentation

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to demonstrate:

1. knowledge of the historical background to contemporary French society and culture;

2. a range of skills and techniques for obtaining, researching and analysing relevant material;

3. competence in the appropriate linguistic register (oral and written) for presenting such research as appropriate to Level C.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, formative tasks, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Information

1 x 500-word literature review (25%) plus 1 x 2000-word essay (75%) testing ILOs 1-3.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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