BA English Language and French

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
French Cultural Studies

Unit code FREN10070
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by French Studies
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

Running parallel with the compulsory year-1 unit FREN 10150 Identity in Modern France this course will introduce students to the analysis of various cultural objects (play, novella, film, song), while furthering their socio-historical knowledge of the four key periods studied as part of FREN10150: Ancien Régime, The Third French Republic, Occupation and post-war France and Post-colonial France. Through a combination of lectures, methodological sessions and seminars, students will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to write commentaries and essays on plays, fictional prose, films and popular music.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Identity in Modern France FREN10150 Co-Requisite Compulsory

A-level French or equivalent

Aims

  • To develop a better understanding of French-speaking cultures across different periods
  • To develop critical thinking, conceptual reasoning and analytical skills
  • To develop the ability to read and analyse a range of cultural objects and media
  • To develop the ability to place cultural objects in social, aesthetic and political context
  • To inspire students to further explore the riches of French-speaking cultures

Syllabus

Semester 1:

Week 1: intro

Weeks 2-4: Ancien Régime – introduction to the study of drama in its textual and performative dimension

Weeks 7-9: The Third Republic – introduction to the study of prose fiction

Weeks 10-12: mock exam and revision

 

Semester 2:

Weeks 1-3: Occupation and post-WW2 France: introduction to the study of chanson in its textual and performative dimension

Week 4: feedback on coursework

Weeks 5-7: Post-colonial France – introduction to the study of film

Weeks 8-10: conclusion and coursework preparation (essay)

Teaching and learning methods

9 content lectures; 13 content-related seminars; 5 methodology/feedback lectures, 4 formative assessment seminars and 1 in-class mock exam. A total of 32 contact hours.

 

Language of teaching: English and French.

 

Extensive digitised material, links to relevant online resources, and all class slides will be placed on Blackboard. Students will also be set regular tasks via Blackboard as preparation for classes and assessment.

The Blackboard website for this module includes:

-          PowerPoint slides for all lectures

-          Instruction sheets for seminars

-          A selection of digitised resources (primary and secondary readings)

Knowledge and understanding

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of French cultural objects and key aesthetic movements within which these are inscribed
  • Write commentaries and essays discussing and analysing French cultural production
  • Place cultural objects in their socio-historical context

Intellectual skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyse and differentiate between various types of literary and audio-visual media;
  • Write commentaries and essays discussing and analysing a range of cultural objects from various periods

Practical skills

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Use the library, electronic and online resources.
  • Demonstrate their ability to respond to instructions and work to deadlines;
  • Demonstrate understanding of French written and recorded spoken language

Transferable skills and personal qualities

On successful completion of course units in French Studies, students will have developed their ability to:

  • Manage time, and work to deadlines;
  • Use information and communication technology (ICT);
  • Participate constructively in group/team work and group discussions;
  • Assess the relevance and importance of the ideas of others;
  • Demonstrate powers of analysis;
  • Display good literacy skills in English and French;
  • Show an awareness of and a responsiveness to the nature and extent of intercultural diversity.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Students taking this unit will be able to analyse and evaluate both existing literature on the material studied and the primary set materials themselves. Above all, committed students will emerge from this course unit with a capacity to think critically, i.e. knowledgeably, rigorously, confidently and independently.
Innovation/creativity
On this unit students are encouraged to respond imaginatively and independently to the questions and ideas raised by existing literature on the topic and the primary materials studied. On this unit students are encouraged to respond imaginatively and independently to the questions and ideas raised by existing literature on the topic and the primary materials studied.
Project management
Students taking this unit will be able to work towards deadlines and to manage their time effectively.
Research
Students on this unit will be required to digest, summarise and present large amounts of information. They are encouraged to enrich their responses and arguments with a wide range of further reading.
Written communication
Students on this unit will develop their ability to write in a way that is lucid, precise and compelling.

Assessment methods

Practice commentary on a seen excerpt - 1 hour (mock-exam) - formative

Exam at the end of Sem 1 (commentary)  1.30 hours - 50%

Essay plan and bibliography - 500 words - formative

Coursework (Essay) - 2000 words - 50%

 

Re-sit Assessment

Essay -  3000 words

Feedback methods

Feedback method

Formative or Summative

  • Written and oral feedback on the practice commentary in week 12 of Semester 1

formative

 

Recommended reading

Set Texts :

Molière, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (1670) – any edition

Maupassant, Boule-de-suif (1880) (a copy of the text will be provided)

Suggested further readings

 

Austin, Guy, Contemporary French Cinema: An Introduction, Manchester University Press, Second edition 2008

Farrant, Tim, An Introduction to 19th-Century French Literature, Bristol Classical Press, 2007

Looseley, David, Édith Piaf: A Cultural History, Liverpool University Press, October, 2015

Norman, Larry F., The Public Mirror: Molière and the Social Commerce of Depiction, University of Chicago Press, 1999

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 11
Seminars 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 178

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Joseph Mcgonagle Unit coordinator
Barbara Lebrun Unit coordinator
Vladimir Kapor Unit coordinator
Jerome Brillaud Unit coordinator

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