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Module

FRE1006 : La France de 1789 à nos jours

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jemima Short
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.

Outline Of Syllabus

Chronological in approach, this module focuses on the main events in French political history from 1789 to today and offers a general introduction to the institutional foundations of modern France (consequences of the French Revolution; consolidation of French Republican values during the 19th and 20th centuries; France’ s current political system and the evolution of political currents since 1945). Events covered include the French Revolution, the Third Republic, occupied France, the Fourth Republic, the Gaullist Revolution and the Presidencies of Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande.

1. The French Revolution
2. The Third Republic (1870-1940)
3. Occupied France (1940-1945)
4. The Fourth Republic (1946-1958)
5. The Gaullist Revolution (1958-1969)
6. The Pompidou years (1969-1974)
7. The Giscard d’ Estaing years (1974-1981)
8. The Mitterrand years (1981-1995)
9. The Chirac years (1995-2007)
10. The Sarkozy years (2007-2012)
11. The Hollande Presidency (2012-2017)
12. The 2017 presidential elections

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

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials162:0032:00asynchronous
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching161:0016:009 hrs present in person 7 hrs online synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00online synchronous
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE1106La France de 1789 à nos jours - Part 1
FRE1206La France de 1789 à nos jours - Part 2
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A1002 open answers to tackle in English from a choice of 5, based on the semester 2 syllabus.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MA 1,000-1,500 word research-based n the semester 1 syllabus.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative Exam: to encourage wide knowledge of the syllabus; to demonstrate understanding of the subject as taught.

Formative written exercise: to encourage students to read outside of the class, engage with the material covered in class and develop a more thorough understanding of the themes developed over the course of semester 1. This exercise also prepares students for the semester 2 summative examination.

Reading Lists

Timetable