|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||40%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours 1 x 2 hour exam||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 3,500 word essay in lieu of exam, if exam element failed||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay, if essay element failed||40%|
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Discuss the historical origins and development of modern France in the period covered
2. Compare the degree of menace to the established French political and social order in 1919-39 that came from Communism and fascism/proto-fascism
3. Identify reasons for the election of the reformist French Popular Front experiment in 1936, and illustrate and evaluate its achievements and failings
4. Describe and analyze de Gaulle's military role and impact on French defence policies
5. Evaluate how de Gaulle used British support and overcame American hostility to become leader of Free France from 1940-44.
6. Explain and illustrate de Gaulle's relations with collaborationist Vichy France and with the non-Gaullist Resistance
7. Illustrate French problems of decolonisation, explaining why France adopted peculiarly militarized responses to nationalist challenges to empire in the 1940s/1950s.
8. Demonstrate an understanding through written work and in seminar discussions of the chief constitutional and systemic features of the Gaullist Fifth Republic
9. Describe and discuss Gaullist France's foreign, defence and domestic policies, 1958-70
This module provides students with an understanding of the nature of political, economic, social and constitutional changes in France in the middle fifty years of the C20th, attending to crises for the legitimacy of French regimes from the Third to Fifth Republics, the impacts of the 1914-18 and 1939-45 wars, France'r traumatic loss of empire from 1936 to the 1960s, and the character of the Gaullist 'renewal' of the French state and national confidence by 1970.
This module allows interested students to gain specialist knowledge of modern France'r evolution from a crisis of national confidence after the World War One bloodletting to economic success, the shedding of empire and a new assertiveness under de Gaulle'r Fifth Republic.
- The French Left between the Wars: PCF versus SFIO
- The extreme-right and proto-fascism in interwar France
- The Popular Front experiment (1936-8) and its legacies
- The German/Italian threat, rearmament and war (1933-40)
- France defeated: Petain and Collaboration
- France reborn: de Gaulle, Free France and the Resistance
- The Fourth Republic: political stalemate and economic resurgence
- France and the agony of decolonization (1945-57)
- The Algerian crisis and de Gaulle's return (1958-62)
- De Gaulle's Fifth Republic: nuclear weapons and the quest for 'Grandeur'
- De Gaulle's Fifth Republic: politics, society and the May 68 crisis.
- Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module
- Ability to evaluate competing scholarly perspectives
- Demonstrate subject specific research techniques
- Apply a range of methodologies to complex political problems
This module is at CQFW Level 6