This module focuses on the recent debates surrounding the legacy of France’s colonial past such as its impact on contemporary French society and the evolving notions of collective memory, national identity and history.
Building on the skills acquired while studying French language and society II (LAN00003I) and also, if applicable, during the time studying in a Francophone country, this module will aim to increase proficiency in the practice of different styles of French, both written and spoken. It will also enable students to master the techniques of extended essay writing in French. Particular emphasis will be given to developing students' ability to present and analyse sources from a critical perspective.
The medium of instruction is French.
Module learning outcomes
Satisfactory completion of the course should enable students to:
demonstrate an in depth understanding of some of the aspects of modern French culture and society
demonstrate an ability to undertake personal research
present sources from a critical perspective and develop arguments effectively in both spoken and written French
achieve a high level of accuracy in the production of both written and spoken French
Additionally, by the end of the module, students should have developed the following employability skills:
general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments)
general ICT skills
general self- and time-management (organising one's studies)
social and intercultural awareness
All the lessons are conducted as seminars in order to encourage discussion and interaction. Therefore, completing tasks in preparation for class discussion is an essential part of students’ commitment. The classes will cover a range of themes related to current issues: the French nation, French national identity, France's colonial past and its impact on today's society (from memories to official history, evolving "lieux de mémoire", memory wars, memory laws, the French "banlieues" etc)
This module complies with the University's Policy on assessment feedback turnaround time.
Feedback on formative work
Immediate constructive oral feedback/ feed-forward provided in class- both to individuals and groups. Key issues highlighted (language, content, structure, argumentation etc)
Comments and mark on University mark scale given to individual students for practice oral presentations. Key issues highlighted (language, content, structure, argumentation etc) and feed-forward provided.
Individual feedback provided during office hours, when necessary.
Written comments and mark on University mark scale given to groups for formative collaborative dissertations. Key issues highlighted (language, content, structure, argumentation etc) and feed-forward provided.
Written comments and mark on University mark scale given to individuals for dissertation chapter. Key issues highlighted (language, content, structure, argumentation etc) and feed-forward provided.
Opportunity for individual consultation, when necessary.
Feedback on summative assessment
At an appointed date, individual students will be allowed to see the feedback form completed by both examiners (covering pronunciation, quality of language, accuracy, structure, argumentation, content knowledge etc) as well the mark on the university marking scale.
Individual students will be allowed to see the feedback form completed online by the first marker (covering quality of language, accuracy, structure, argumentation, content knowledge etc) as well the mark on the university marking scale confirmed by the second marker
Teaching materials, recommended texts and video extracts will be supplied during the course and uploaded onto the module VLE, which is the main port of call.
Reading, watching and listening to French news on a regular basis is essential for students to keep up to date with current issues.