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PL30901: La France postcoloniale

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 33%, ES 67%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Presentation (CW 16%)
  • Write up (CW 17%)
  • Essay (ES 67%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
France's former economic and socio-cultural domination over vast regions of the world resulted in a series of profound transformations of French society and culture. This unit deals with the legacy of the French colonial experience by focusing on some of the most passionate debates on "otherness" which have emerged in recent years. It will use film, literature and media texts as well as a series of secondary readings to provide a better understanding of immigration, assimilation, difference and multiculturalism and examine how the Republic, with its set of ideals and concepts, deals with issues of identity, racism, universalism, and the "colonial fracture".

Learning Outcomes:
A student who completes the unit will be able to:
* Gain a critical understanding of key theoretical, historical and contemporary definitions e.g. colonialism, immigration, identity, nation, community, race, minority, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, hospitality, etc.
* Demonstrate understanding of the representations of ethnic minority groups in France for providing commentary on societal divisions, such as race, gender, social class, and ethnicity.
* Understand the multiple ways in which the civil society has been transformed by the long and complex history of immigration and deals with the reality of a postcolonial France.

Critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/ conduct/ reporting of non-quantitative research are taught in this unit. Skills in effective learning and language are also developed.

The unit will deal with the following themes:
* Perceptions of the "Other" from the colonial exhibitions to today
* Race, gender, ethnicity and religions
* Immigration and identity politics in contemporary France
* North-African, Sub-Saharan African Diasporas and "visible minorities" in France
* Colonial memory and postcolonial commemorative practices
* Minority ethnic participation in public life and presence in media
* Postcolonial identities and self-representation in contemporary narratives
The unit is taught and assessed in French.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30901 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA(Hons) French and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB08 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB09 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB05 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB04 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB18 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)