Department of European Studies & Modern Languages, Unit Catalogue 2007/08
EU30017 French national option F3: La femme en France au vingtième siècle
| Credits: 6 |
| Semester: 1|
|Before taking this unit you must take EU20011|
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to various aspects of feminist thought and to situate some of the main debates within feminism. It will seek to explore the position of women in France throughout the 20th century.
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
* apply some gender theory to events in 20th French history
* explain the position of women in 20th century French society
* explain some of the debates around gender, race and citizenship in contemporary France
* put together seminar presentations and write seminar papers in French.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, effective communication in the target language, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.
This unit will first devote itself to exploring a range of feminist ideas. It will then move in to discussions based on student presentations around a series of themes related to women's experience of the 20th century. These might include: women and first wave feminism, suffragism, women and the world wars, second wave feminism and women's activism, women and violence, politics and power, representations of women in the media, women in enthnic minorities. Key text: Claire Laubier (ed) , The Condition of Women in France, 1945 to the present, Routledge,1990.