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FRE1006 : France and the Francophone World

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elizabeth Marcus
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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

This class provides an introduction to the history of France and of the francophone world since the Middle Ages. It initiates students to the major events and themes that have shaped politics, society, and culture in France and its former colonies, paying special attention to questions of identity and diversity in a national and imperial context. Modules include a combination of lecture and seminar-style discussion of documents (in French). This course is part of a two-course sequence.

Semester 1 (1550-1870)

Week 1 Introduction and the French Wars of Religion
Week 2 The World of Louis XIV
Week 3 Slavery, and the Making of Colonial France
Week 4 The Enlightenment
Week 5 Revolutions
Week 6 Napoleon: Inventing France’s First Emperor
Week 7 Reading Week/Enrichment Week
Week 8 New Empires
Week 9 French Romantics and the Leisure Capital

Semester 2 (1870-2002)

Week 1 French Imperialism and the Civilising Mission
Week 2 The Dreyfus Affair
Week 3 The Great War
Week 4 The 1920s: Les Années Folles
Week 5 Occupation, Collaboration and Resistance: The Vichy Years
Week 6 Decolonization
Week 7 The Trentes Glorieuses and May 1968
Week 8 Fin-de-Siècle France

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 ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00Online synchronous
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion121:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical22:004:00Film screening
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching151:1518:45PIP if possible, online synchronous if necessary
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities152:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Essay writing workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery151:0015:0015 hours of drop in surgery offered both PIP and on Zoom. 2 hours in person, and 2 hours online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:15100:15N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk21:002:00online synchronous Activity: Familiarise yourself with the module.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE1106French and the Francophone World - Part 1
FRE1206France and the Francophone World - 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 Canvas.

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 will be online. (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 source analysis in English.
Essay2M702500 word comparative piece (primary research).
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MA 1,000-1,500 word research-based n the semester 1 syllabus.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Primary Source Analysis: This exercise is to develop research skills, and a close reading of one source in the context of the secondary material read in this course. The idea is to encourage focused engagement and critical reading and argument skills.

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