Module Information

Module Identifier
FR29920
Module Title
La France De Toujours
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Dr Marianne Ailes (Senior Lecturer - University of Bristol)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 10 x 1 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

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.

Aims

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.

Content

  • Langue francaise, francophonie et diversite linguistique
  • La promotion du francais
  • La Charte europeenne des langues regionales ou minoritaires
  • La Loi Toubon
  • L'orthographe francaise : faut-il la reformer et comment ?
  • Les valeurs et les symboles de la Republique
  • La laicite
  • Le reseau culturel francais en France et a l'etranger, l'education 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'evolution economique et sociale de la France
  • La geographie de l'Hexagone
  • La France de l'Outre-mer
  • La demographie de la France
  • L'organisation administrative de l'Hexagone
  • Les atouts des migrations transmanche
  • Le Quebec : generalites, histoire linguistique
  • Le couple franco-allemand
  • Le PACS : pacte civil de solidarite
  • La France face a la mondialisation
  • Mai 68 et son impact sur la France du XXIeme siecle
  • Les 41 biens inscrits sur la liste du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO
  • La Corse
  • Choix de films francais.

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.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 5