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PL30886: 'Aux armes etc.' - La France en chansons

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6
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:
  • Coursework (CW 33%)
  • 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:

* To gain a better understanding of French society through its cultural production, and songs in particular;
* To give an overview of the historical, cultural, political and social phenomenon that is the chanson française;
* To examine how songs are/can become political, historical or autobiographical.

Learning Outcomes:
A student who completes the unit will be able to:
* demonstrate understanding of the chanson française as a specific form of cultural production and as a specific way to communicate ideas, convictions, feelings, experiences.
* demonstrate understanding of the relevance of chanson in France for providing commentary on societal divisions, such as gender and sexism, social class, ethnicity.
* engage in comparative analysis of interdisciplinary production.

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 is taught in French.

From the political songs written and sung during the revolutionary period to the multicultural rap/hiphop produced in more recent years, French cultural production and in particular, music, has a lot to say about the history and politics of the French-speaking world. This team-taught unit will provide a chronological approach to this subject examining revolutionary songs, songs with autobiographical content, songs as entertainment/ songs as propaganda in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, the classic 'chanson française', protest songs of 1960s vs. the kitsch glamour of the 1970s; political songs in 1990s and 2000; French rap/hiphop and case studies of cultural icons such as Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Johnny Hallyday. It will also consider music from the French-speaking world more widely, for example, Quebec, and investigate the influence of French musical production on the English-speaking world.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30886 is Optional on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA(Hons) French and Politics 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)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.