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PL30873: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité - perception(s) et réalité(s) dans la société française

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
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:
  • 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:
Description: Aims:
The central aim of this unit is to achieve a critical understanding of French society and to go beyond a common-sensical approach to many issues central to our times. This will be achieved through the study of themes central to the shaping of current French society. The aim will be to provide students with a critical overview of themes such as nationalism, racism, feminism, secularism, democracy, critical sociology, freedom of speech, and reflect on the construction of mainstream ideas. Beyond politics, this subject will discuss issues related to culture, society and the arts. The unit will be taught in French.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate that they:
* understand key issues in contemporary French politics and society;
* the ability to engage in critical thinking with primary and secondary texts;
* engage in a critical assessment of common misperceptions;
* critically evaluate the various contemporary issues studied (racism, feminism, secularism...) and understand their background and the reasons behind their power;
* can critically appraise the arguments of French thinkers and academics in the 20th and 21st centuries as responses to the challenges facing French society.

Skills:
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.

Content:
The content of the unit will include a selection of the following topics: nationalism, racism, feminism, secularism, democracy, critical sociology, freedom of speech.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30873 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)
  • 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-AYB18 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 4)

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