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FRE1206 : La France de 1789 à nos jours - Part 2

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, to introduce students to the study of contemporary French politics, society and culture; to prepare students for future study of history, politics and society of France; and to introduce methods of study appropriate to socio-political and historical studies.

This module is for Exchange students studying at Newcastle University for Semester 2 only.

Outline Of Syllabus

Chronological in approach, this module focuses on the main events in French political history from 1958 to today and offers a general introduction to the institutional foundations of modern France, France’ s current political system and the evolution of political currents since 1958. Events covered include the Gaullist Revolution and the Presidencies of Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande.

1. The Gaullist Revolution (1958-1969)
2. The Pompidou years (1969-1974)
3. The Giscard d’ Estaing years (1974-1981)
4. The Mitterrand years (1981-1995)
5. The Chirac years (1995-2007)
6. The Sarkozy years (2007-2012)
7. The Hollande Presidency (2012-2017)
8. The 2017 presidential elections

This course will be taught both in French and English and will be assessed in French and English.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00PIP if possible, online synchronous if necessary
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00PIP if possible, online synchronous if necessary
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities82:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study521:0052:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Online synchronous
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE1006La France de 1789 à nos jours
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the level of analysis required. Videos extracts shown during lectures will provide practical illustrations of the contents introduced. Seminars will give students the opportunity to discuss the information they have been introduced to in lectures through group work; presentation and directed personal reading. Extra resources as well as formative quizzes will also be available via Canvas.

Lectures will be in French so as to familiarise students with the relevant vocabulary on the topics covered and to give them additional practice in listening to (academic) French. Seminars will be in English to ensure that language problems do not hinder student expression and that the material covered has been fully understood by the students.

Lectures will be online. Evaluation from last year showed that a majority of students appreciated the online elements as part of the module contact hours. This mode of teaching showed to be very effective as it allowed students to reflect in their own time, and students can replay the recording. The lectures contain a lot of material and the students will need to review It before their final assessment.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002000 words in English based on semester 2 syllabus
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative essay: to encourage students to engage with a chosen topic in depth; to demonstrate understanding of the events and themes covered in semester 2; to encourage students to research beyond materials covered in class and to engage with secondary literature; to develop academic writing skills.

Reading Lists