Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Social History of French since 1900
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 20 hours of lectures/semianrs


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 X 3,500 WORD ESSAY  75%
Semester Assessment 2 X ORAL PRESENTATIONS (15-20 MINS)  25%
Supplementary Assessment ESSAY TO BE RESUBMITTED IF FAILED  75%
Supplementary Assessment WRITTEN WORK IN LIEU OF ORAL WORK, IF FAILED  25%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

demonstarte a critical understanding of the key developments in French language since 1900

demonstarte a critical understanding of contemporary scholarship concerning these developments

articulate their own stance on these issues

demonstrate a critical understanding of the complex relationship between language and society in contemporary France

demonstrate that they have mastered advanced skills as critical students of lingustics

demonstrate that they have mastered sophisticated analytical skills

use secondary literature critically

express themselves clearly, coherently and in a logical fashion, both orally and in writing

demonstrate that they have a solid foundation for further postgraduate work


French ahs changes dramatically since 1900, mainly for a whole range of historical and political reasons which include: the advent mass of education post 1882; the impact of the First World War (demographically and as a means of bringing Frenchmen from different regions together); the progress made in transport, the economy, and industrialization; immigration from the former colonies after World War II; the impact of Anglo-American; changing social mores. This module seeks to relate the developments in society to changes in the lanaguage.

1. Where Freanch wsa at the end of the Nineteenth Century: the evidence of the Atlas Linguistique de la France (1902-1910). 2 hours.
2. Phonetics and the discovery of francais populaire. 2 hours.
3. Education and the French Language: from Jules Ferry (1882) to La Loi Deixonne (1951). 1 hour.
4.The First World War, the poilus, demography, and linguistic change. 1 hour.
5. The loss of dialects, 1945-2000. 1 hour.
6. The resurgence of regionalism. 1 hour.
7. Minority Languages and the European Cahrter of 1992. 1 hour.
8. Spoken and written codes. 2 hours.
9. Lexical change (i): neoligisms. 1 hour.
10. Lexical change (ii): Anglicism. 1 hour.
11. The politics of alnguage: Francophonie, inside and outside France. 2 hours.
12. The impact of immigration and language contact. 1 hour.
13. Le langage des jeunes. 1 hour.
14. New media, new langauge? 1 hour.
15. The future of French; conclusions. 2 hours.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Participating in seminars and writing of essay will require student to express their ideas clearly, cogently and coherently.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent preparation for essay and seminars, independent research for essay and seminars.
Information Technology Students will be required to access bibliographical information and to submit word processed essays.
Personal Development and Career planning Student will be expected to show an ability to manage their own time effectively and to engage in independent lines of research in preparing their essays.
Problem solving Selection of reading material, answering questions posed by written assessment, seminar work
Research skills Researching for essay and seminar
Subject Specific Skills Students will be required to read material in Frencg (and if possible, in other languages beyond English) in order to prepare for semianrs and/or essays.
Team work Will apply in the seminars


This module is at CQFW Level 7