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FRE4010 : Gender, Religion and Politics in France since 1789 (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
To build on the analytical skills gained at Stages 1 and 2 and to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of French society from a three-dimensional study;
To prepare students for postgraduate study using an interdisciplinary approach;
To make aspects of French society available to students from outside the degree.
Since 1789 France has gone through many changes of regime, during which time religion and gender often formed the terrain for ideological struggles. The course will provide students with the opportunity to gain an insight into the complexity of relations between the sexes at a theoretical level where nineteenth/twentieth-century and contemporary thinkers’ works are analysed, at an ideological level that influenced state policy-making and political activism and finally at a practical level where case studies of specific issues are examined in detail.
French examples are used in the build-up of knowledge about the specificity of that country but other European examples may be introduced.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction to theoretical approaches to gender and politics in France
2.       Gender analysis French Revolution of 1789 and the Napoleonic Civil Code
3.       Introduction to formal religion and informal religious practice: Church State relations, divorce, dissolution of religious orders, resurgence of religious orders for men and women;
4.       Gender and socialism; the new ideas of Saint-Simonisme/ Fourierisme/Owenism and the failed experiment of the Second Republic: class and gender politics to the fore
5.       Development of women and men’s places in society according to religious, scientific and secular thinking
6.       Impact of Secular society after 1880 on gender, state and social reform; divorce and abortion debates;
7.       Gender issues of the twentieth century between the Wars and during the Wars (1871 Commune, 1914-18, 1939-45
8.       Politics and Society in France, before and after 1968: feminist demands and reforms of a secular state:
9.       Extension of sexuality into politics: Debates on a Woman’s Right to Choose Natalist policies of Right and Left; Masculinities in Culture and Society
10.       Parity question of women in Politics; attitudes of parties to high profile women candidates
11.       Resurgence of a religious question with gender identity: Islamic head-dress in schools; dilemmas for political parties and feminist associations

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion166:0066:00Researching/writing essay; researching/preparing for exam.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading133:0033:00Seminar preparation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Seminar.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study165:0065:00Research/study around lectures.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1) LECTURES allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the level of analysis required (note-taking). LECTURES will be (mainly) in FRENCH to familiarize students with the relevant vocabulary on the topics covered and to give additional practice in listening to (academic) French.
2) SEMINARS give students the opportunity of working in groups, researching topics individually and in groups, trying out their knowledge and understanding in group presentations, and asking questions (interpersonal communication and oral presentations). SEMINARS will (mainly) be in ENGLISH to encourage student participation and to allow students to test out complex ideas that they might find difficult to formulate in French. Answering of assessed essay questions and exam answer/s will entail initiative in individual research (note-taking), practice in written communication, analysis and in standard formats of presentation of work.

ESSAY assessment (60%) is in ENGLISH.
EXAM assessment (40%) is in FRENCH.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination602A401 exam answer in FRENCH assessing/discussing the topics covered in the module OVERALL. Timetabled in end-Sem. assessment period.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A602250 words in ENGLISH on ONE topic covered in lectures and seminars. Submitted in end-Semester assessment period.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MPractice essay, see details below **
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

1) ELEMENT 1 (60%): One ESSAY of 2250 words including quotations and notes (but excluding bibliographies) to be submitted according to the conventions stated in the SML undergraduate handbook. Set in the relevant Semester. Assessment questions made public at a date determined by the SML conventions then in force. Assessed-essay work will allow student to demonstrate higher intellectual skills of understanding analysis and evaluation with reference to specific aspects of the module (essay questions focused on particular events, theories, concepts or facts) and develop skills in researching and writing (including allowing students to demonstrate the ability to communicate arguments fluently and succinctly in writing) and footnoting and referencing. The essay questions will test specific individual topics covered in the module.
2) ELEMENT 2 (40%): One ONE-hour EXAM. Assessment by examination requires different skills and plays to different strengths; therefore this module offers assessment by essay and exam. The exam requires ONE examination answer relating to topics covered in lectures and seminars, requiring succinct and specific condensation of knowledge gained from lectures, seminars, directed reading and research and independent work. The exam question/s will test knowledge relating to the module OVERALL.

Formative assessment:- A practice essay plan on a topic covering the content of the module overall affords students the opportunity to revise their general understanding of the issues and concepts involved as practice for the more specific assessment tasks, and also focuses their attention on 'Rationalisation' skills in written work.


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