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PL10949: France from the First World War to May 68

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Exam (EX 80%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: After successfully completing this unit students 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.

Aims: To introduce students to the study of French history, politics, society and culture through a chronological survey starting from the First World War to the May 68 events.

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. Language skills are developed in this unit.

Content: The Unit is taught in French. Contents include:
The First World War; French politics in the 1930s; the Second World War; The Fourth Republic; Decolonisation and Algeria; The Fifth Republic; May 1968.

Programme availability:

PL10949 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 1)


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