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FRE1006 : La France de 1789 à nos jours (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Franck Michel
  • Other Staff: Dr Hugh Dauncey, Miss Jemima Short
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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.

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 Bourbon Restoration, the Second and Republic and the Second Empire, 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 and Nicolas Sarkozy.
1. The French Revolution
2. The Bourbon and Restoration and the July Monarchy (1815-1848)
3. The Second Republic and the Second Empire (1848-1870)
4. The Third Republic (1870-1940)
5. Occupied France (1940-1945)
6. The Fourth Republic (1946-1958)
7. Mechanisms of the Fifth Republic
8. The Gaullist Revolution (1958-1969)
9. The Pompidou years (1969-1974)
10. The Giscard d’Estaing years (1974-1981)
11. The Mitterrand years (1981-1995)
12. The Chirac years (1995-2007)
13. The Sarkozy years (2007-2012)
14. The 2012 presidential elections

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1162:00162:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching161:0016:00N/A
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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A5030 mpc/short-answer qu in French on whole syllabus (15%) + 2 open qu (from choice of 5) on Sem 2 syll to be answered in English(35%)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A50One 2,000 word essay in English on an aspect of the course studied during the semester 1 period.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MOne optional 500 word essay plan in English on an aspect of the course studied during the Semester 1 period.
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.
Essay: 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 the module. This assessment format also offers students an opportunity to practise and improve their formal/academic writing skills in the language they are studying.

Reading Lists