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FRE2109 : Paris: Aspects of History and Culture - Part 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


-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

This module is for Exchange students studying at Newcastle University for Semester 1 only.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module contains three weeks of introductory lectures plus a seminar and then covers two topics from the following seven: Modernisation and Alienation, Marginality, Flanerie, Revolution, Visions of the City, Politics of the Town Hall and Language. There is also one essay-writing seminar and a feedback 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 two 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 one essay, to be written in English.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00Includes one essay planning workshop.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading178:0078:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00Includes a feedback session.
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity31:003:00N/A
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 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A100Essay written in English of 2000 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MFormative 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 two units ('Flânerie', 'Revolution', 'Modernisation and Alienation' and 'Marginality') within the module.

Resit information: The same form as original assessment

Reading Lists