Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Gender in Modern and Contemporary French Culture
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Research poster  (500-1000 words)  40%
Semester Assessment Essay Plan  (500 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Essay  (1500 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed elements  (Students must take elements of assessments equivalent to those that lead to failure of the module).  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate good awareness of approaches to gender in modern and contemporary France.

2. Demonstrate good knowledge of the theoretical, political, and cultural expressions of these approaches.

3. Analyse literary, theoretical, political, historical and artistic sources and make appropriate use of secondary material.

4. Identify connections between the cultural, political and theoretical components of the module.

5. Express key ideas clearly through the medium of English/Welsh and/or French​.

Brief description

This module studies some of the key theory, political debates, fiction, visual art, and music concerned with gender in France. It allows students to familiarise themselves with extracts from theoretical texts on feminism and gender. It discusses the representation of gender in visual art and in fiction and considers the politics of gender in contemporary French society, in particular debates about legal equality (such as the right to vote, equal pay and representation) and the recent #balancetonporc (#metoo) movement in France. The module will encourage students to draw comparisons between different forms of cultural expression, and identify points of contact and mutual influence between the theoretical, political and cultural aspects of the course.


Block 1: Introduction to the module, Feminist theory (texts I and II)

Study skills session

Block 2: Introduction to the politics of gender in France; Political movements around gender.

Block 3: French women’s writing (texts I and II); Gender and visual art.

Informal poster presentations and module conclusion

Primary material will be taken from the following sources:
Beauvoir, Simone de, Le Deuxieme sexe (1949)
Chilla, ‘Balance ton porc’ (rap song)
Darrieussecq, Marie, Truismes (1996)
Despentes, Virginie, King Kong Theorie (2006)
NDiaye, Marie, Trois femmes puissantes (2009)
Slimani, Leila, Chanson douce (2017)

Germaine Richier, plastic art
Louise Bourgeois, plastic art
Historical documents and manifestoes

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Development of clear and accurate expression in different formats.
Improving own Learning and Performance Working with a variety of sources and formats, reflecting on and adapting to feedback provided.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to use PowerPoint or similar software in preparation of the research poster. Online resources on the taught topics are widely available and will be included in the primary material provided.
Personal Development and Career planning Transferable skills such as writing and presentation skills; IT and design skills. The essay plan contributes to preparing the essay, allowing students to reflect on their work in light of the feedback provided.
Problem solving The research poster, essay plan, and essay require students to choose carefully primary and secondary material, and to find an adequate form of presenting their work.
Research skills The assignments and seminar preparations are based on independent reading and research, and will require independent thinking.
Subject Specific Skills The question of gender plays a central role in French society during the period studied. An awareness of debates about gender and their cultural expressions is therefore an important contribution to students’ understanding of French society and culture in the modern and contemporary periods. The module studies a variety of different sources such as literary and theoretical texts and visual art works. These require familiarity with a range of tools and methods, to which students will be introduced.
Team work Developed through seminar discussions and constructive feedback from peers on informal presentations of posters.


This module is at CQFW Level 5