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Unit information: Representations of Francophone Cultures in 2022/23

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Unit name Representations of Francophone Cultures
Unit code FREN10013
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Harrow
Open unit status Not open
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School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Unit Information

The unit provides students with a representative selection of literary and visual texts from the Middle Ages to the present and introduces them to methods of analysing them. It involves a weekly lecture, and a weekly seminar. In this unit students will encounter a range of major French literary texts, films and other cultural artefacts, and will be encouraged to think about what is involved in the study of art, culture and literature. They will be expected to develop an awareness of different ways of approaching the analysis of culture and literature, and to explore how background reading around these topics will expand their horizons and contribute to a holistic approach to the study of the Humanities.

Your learning on this unit

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

  1. knowledge of the periods and genres represented by the set texts
  2. skills of critical reading of both texts and images
  3. skills in researching literary and cultural scholarship, via library and IT resources;
  4. skills in organising the results of this research in essays, oral presentation and close textual analysis.

How you will learn

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. THIS UNIT RUNS IN TB2 EVERY YEAR RATHER THAN TB1.

How you will be assessed

1 x 1000-word commentary (30%), testing ILOs 3-4.

1 x 2000-word essay (70%), testing ILOs 1-4.


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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.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.