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PL10953: France and the Revolution(s): 1789-1968

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 10%, ES 45%, EX-TH 45%*
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • PL109953 Worksheet* (CW 10%)
  • Essay* (ES 45%)
  • Open Book Examination of 48 hours duration* (EX-TH 45%)

*Assessment updated due to Covid-19 disruptions
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 introduce students to the study of French history, politics, society and culture with a particular focus on key events from the Revolution of 1789 to the events of May '68. To study a range of French cultural activities, examining different genres (plays, novels, paintings and audiovisual documents).

Learning Outcomes:
After successfully completing this unit student will be able to:
* have an appreciation of the interplay between politics and culture in the shaping of the French state
* acquire knowledge of key elements in French history essential to understanding contemporary aspects of French politics and society;
* have acquired essential reading, listening, and note-taking skills in French;
* be equipped with the theoretical and practical tools to engage with cultural artefacts and political issues which articulate the period;
* be able to mobilize knowledge gained from lectures and readings.
* seek and make positive use of feedback.

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, cultural awareness, transferable skills and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit. Language skills are developed in this unit.

The Unit is taught in French. Contents include:
The French Revolution of 1789; Revolutions of 1830 and 1848; The Commune and the Third Republic; The Dreyfus Affair; the First World War; French politics in the 1930s; the Second World War; The Fourth Republic; Decolonisation and Algeria; The Fifth Republic; May 1968.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL10953 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA(Hons) French and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB08 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB05 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB18 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)