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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 and Nicolas Sarkozy.
1. Mechanisms of the Fifth Republic
2. The Gaullist Revolution (1958-1969)
3. The Pompidou years (1969-1974)
4. The Giscard d’Estaing years (1974-1981)
5. The Mitterrand years (1981-1995)
6. The Chirac years (1995-2007)
7. The Sarkozy years (2007-2012)
8. The 2012 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 completion181:0081:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00N/A
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 Blackboard.

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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A10030 mpc/short-answer questions in French (30%) + 2 open questions (from a choice of 5) to be answered in English(70%).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MOne optional 500-1000 word written practice exam question in English on an aspect of the course studied during the semester 2 period
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exam: to encourage wide knowledge of the syllabus; to demonstrate understanding of the subject as taught. MPC/short answer questions in French are based on the whole syllabus and the open questions are based on the Semester 2 syllabus only, to be answered in English.

Reading Lists