Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
La France De Toujours
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1-hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1-hour seminars
Workload Breakdown 20hrs in research, 100hrs in reading of research material, 40hrs in selection of reading material and critical analysis, 20hrs in written dossiers, 20hrs in preparation for oral presentations.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 ten-minute individual oral presentation in French. The mark of the oral presentation will be based on content and language @ 50% each.  30%
Semester Assessment 1 aural comprehension test done in class and in French. The test will be based on topics covered in lectures and seminars.  35%
Semester Assessment 1 x 1,000 word essay in French done in class to show knowledge of a chosen topic taught in the module. The mark of the essay will be based on content and language @ 50% each.  35%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit or resit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Read in a critical way intellectually challenging books and articles in French.
2. Analyse in a critical manner the cultural, political, social and legal issues in France.
3. Develop sophisticated written structures and use proficient terminology in French.
4. Develop sophisticated oral structures and the skills for oral presentations in French.


This module should enable students to have a grasp of French Society and analyse in a critical manner the cultural, political, social and legal affairs taking place in France in the year of study.

Brief description

This module, delivered through the medium of French, offers a thematic exploration of current affairs in contemporary France. The material covers a variety of perspectives on cultural, legal, political and social issues. Introductory lectures provide a background of information and will guide students towards an investigation of relevant data and material. They will be expected to contribute extensively to the seminars and debates which will also be conducted through the medium of French. Students will have to search for further material allied to the themes which stem from the Reading List, governmental official websites, the national and regional newspapers, official web pages and political parties' manifestos. The content of this module will be of great relevance for helping students prepare their Year Abroad and find a suitable Year Abroad dissertation title.

The continuous assessment will be in the target language. Content and language in continuous assessment (oral and written) will be equally weighted.


  • Langue française, francophonie et diversité linguistique
  • La promotion du français
  • La Charte européenne des langues régionales ou minoritaires
  • La Loi Toubon
  • L'orthographe française : faut-il la réformer et comment ?
  • Les valeurs et les symboles de la République
  • La laïcité
  • Le réseau culturel français en France et à l'étranger, l'éducation et les sciences
  • Les institutions et la vie politique
  • Les images de la France
  • Les droits de l'Homme
  • La France des Trente Glorieuses : l'évolution économique et sociale de la France
  • La géographie de l'Hexagone
  • La France de l'Outre-mer
  • La démographie de la France
  • L'organisation administrative de l'Hexagone
  • Les atouts des migrations transmanche
  • Le Québec : généralités, histoire linguistique
  • Le couple franco-allemand
  • Le PACS : pacte civil de solidarité
  • La France face à la mondialisation
  • Mai 68 et son impact sur la France du XXIème siècle
  • Les 35 sites français inscrits au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO
  • La Corse
  • Choix de films français.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Arithmetic and statistical analysis of data (surveys, opinion polls, etc).
Communication Oral presentation and debates.
Improving own Learning and Performance Research, analytical skills, oral presentations, written dossiers.
Information Technology Official web pages, online journals and newspapers.
Personal Development and Career planning Research, oral presentations, dossiers and critical analysis of data and comparative analysis of news covered in different media.
Problem solving Selection of reading material.
Research skills Research of adequate material on specific topic.
Subject Specific Skills Original thinking and development of personal opinion.
Team work Team research strategies and team network of research material.

Reading List

Recommended Text
(2012) Haut Conseil a l'integration : Pour une pedagogie de la laicite en France La Documentation francaise Primo search Claude Hagege (2008) Combat pour le francais au nom de la diversite des langues et des cultures Jacob Primo search Claude Hagege (2012) Contre la pensee unique Jacob Primo search Claude Hagege (2009) Dictionnaire amoureux des langues Plon Primo search Francois de Closets (2009) Zero faute Mille et une Nuits Primo search Gerard Mermet (2012) Francoscopie 2013 Tout sur les Francais Larousse Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5