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PL11036: The business environment in France

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: ES 50%, EX 50%
Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 50%)
  • Examination (EX 50%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:
* demonstrate understanding of major developments in the French economic and industrial environment;
* show an understanding of the major principles and structures of the French economic system and policy;
* present key concepts form the literature and demonstrate analytical skills;
* to show knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the French economic and business environment in written and spoken French
* show an understanding of the French legal system and the basic principles of French Business law;
* read and understand legal documents in French;
* understand and use appropriately French legal terminology.

Aims: To introduce students to the economic and legal contexts in which firms operate in France, to analyse key areas and aspects of change in the economic and industrial environment of French business, to familiarise students with relevant concept and language of French business environment.

Skills: Skills in 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 and assessed in this unit. Language skills are developed in this unit.

Content: Introduction to the French economic system and policy
Introduction to key areas and aspects of change in the economic and industrial environment of French business
Introduction to European integration and globalisation of the French economy
Introduction to the French legal system (Organisation of the judiciary, Political Institutions and
Constitutional law, Legal procedure and legal methods); Principles of French business Law (Company law, Law of Obligations and Contracts, Employment law).
Classes are conducted in French.

Programme availability:

PL11036 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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