Module Specifications

Archived Version 2007 - 2008

Module Title French Culture and Society 1
Module Code FR190
School SALIS
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Level 1 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims

The module aims to provide you with an introduction to ideas and movements that have played a significant role in the social, political and cultural evolution of modern France.  It will also allow you to further develop your reading skills in French and practice the basic techniques of textual analysis through discussion of representative literary texts.

Learning Outcomes
  • At the end of this module you will be able to identify the dominant factors in the evolution of modern French society
  • You will learn of the major cultural and intellectual contributions France has made to the history of modern Europe.
  • You will acquire the analytic skills to evaluate selected literary texts and place them in their historical context.
  • You will have enhanced your ability to read and  discuss advanced  texts in the foreign language

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 12
Tutorials 12
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 51

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus

The lecturers will survey cultural, political and social developments in France in the modern and contemporary period.  The aim will not be to provide  exhaustive coverage of this period but to provide insights into the socio-political structure of France and its cultural/intellectual heritage at selected points in its history. The topics/periods chosen will be chosen from the following:


18th Century

Age of Enlightenment

French Revolution


19th Century

Political evolution.

Social modernisation

The race for colonies


20th Century

First World War

Politics in the 1930s

Second World War. Vichy/Collaboration


De Gaulle and the Fifth Republic

May 1968

Social and educational reform in post- 1968 period


In parallel with lectures, students will attend a small-group seminar in which texts from Modern French Short Fiction (ed. Gratton and Le Juez) will be discussed.

Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Indicative Reading List



 J. Gratton and B. Le Juez (eds.) (1994) Modern French Short Fiction. Manchester: Manchester University Press




M. Evans and E. Godin (2004) France 1815-2003. London: Arnold

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Timetable this semester: Timetable for FR190