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FRE1006 : La France de 1789 à nos jours

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Julie Hugonny
  • Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Marcus
  • 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 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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00PIP if possible, online synchronous if necessary
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching151:0015:00PIP if possible, online synchronous if necessary
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities152:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1107:00107:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00online synchronous
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.

Lectures may be online or in person (Evaluation from last year showed that a majority of students appreciated the online elements as part of the module contact hours. This mode of teaching showed to be very effective as it allowed students to reflect in their own time, and students can replay the recording. The lectures contain a lot of material and the students will need to review It before their final assessment.)

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M301500 words in English based on semester 1 syllabus
Essay2M702000 words in English based on 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 essay 1: to encourage students to engage with secondary literature; to engage with the material covered in class; to develop a more thorough understanding of the themes taught over the course of semester 1; to develop academic writing skills. Feedback on this activity will provide students with an opportunity to improve their essay writing in preparation for the longer semester 2 essay.

Summative essay 2: to encourage students to engage with secondary literature; to engage with the material covered in class; to develop a more thorough understanding of the themes taught over the course of semester 2; to develop academic writing skills; to build on skills developed through semester 1 assessment.

Reading Lists