FRE2009 : Paris: Aspects of History and Culture
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Dr Kathryn Robson
- Lecturer: Dr Hugh Dauncey, Dr Myriem El Maizi, Professor Nigel Harkness
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
-To provide students with a broad knowledge of the history of Paris and its role in French national identity through the study of a variety of cultural texts representing the city.
- To introduce students to the detailed study of a variety of cultural texts representing Paris.
- To introduce students to theoretical ideas associated with notions of social geography, cultural memory and urban topography
Outline Of Syllabus
This module contains three weeks of introductory lectures plus a seminar and then covers four topics from the following seven: Modernisation and Alienation, Marginality, Flanerie, Revolution, Visions of the City, Politics of the Town Hall and Language. Two topics will be covered in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2; there are also two essay-writing seminars and a feedback session, as well as a concluding overview session.
The lectures for this course will be taught in French and the seminars in English.
The module will be thematically organised into an introductory overview block followed by four sections comprising four lectures and two seminars each. In lectures, students will be given historical background and introduced to theoretical work which they will be encouraged to apply to the study of texts from a variety of different media. The module will be assessed by two essays, one to be written in English and one in French.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||23||1:00||23:00||Includes two essay planning workshops (one per semester) and a module round-up session.|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||164:00||164:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||1:00||10:00||Includes a feedback session.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||3||1:00||3:00||Surgery hours|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures will provide the essential historical background to Paris and introduce students to theoretical ideas associated with urban experience, planning and modernization. Students will also be given demonstrations in the application of this historical and theoretical knowledge to the study of specific periods, events and texts. In seminars, students will apply historical and theoretical information to the close analysis of texts from a variety of different media (historical, literary, filmic, visual).
The essay planning workshops are designed to counsel students on how to research material, analyse sources critically, and plan, structure and present their arguments. The feedback session (in semester 2) intends to give students additional insight into their semester 1 performance to enable them to prepare for the semester 2 assessment.
The surgery hours are designed for students to seek feedback on practice essays/advice on essay-writing/get clarification on questions raised either by classes or independent study.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||1||A||50||Essay written in English of 2000 words|
|Essay||2||A||50||Essay written in French of 2000 words.|
|Essay||1||M||Formative feedback on the essay will be provided to students individually by the Lecturer. (in week 4). Practice essay (optional).|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The essay will assess students’ ability to apply knowledge about the historical context of a period of Parisian history, as well as theories of urban experience, to the detailed analysis of a selection of materials studied centred around the representation of Paris. Essays should show evidence of personal research and reading and either draw upon evidence from more than one unit or from supplementary materials.
Essays should show evidence of personal research and reading and should either draw on supplementary materials beyond those studied in seminars or be comparative, linking or contrasting materials from more than one of the four units ('Flânerie', 'Revolution', 'Modernisation and Alienation' and 'Marginality') within the module.
Resit information: The same form as original assessment