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Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: R120
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

  • Two language modules
  • Two foundational modules: Introduction to French Studies I and II
  • Language Awareness
  • One content module

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Beginners' French 1 (FREN101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

     

    1.      Develop a very basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking French.2.      Provide students with an understanding of very basic structures of French grammar.3.      Provide an introduction to the culture and society of France. 4.      Develop some intercultural understanding.
    Learning Outcomes

    Apply basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in line with the A1 level in French in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic structures of French.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the countries in which French is spoken.

  • Beginners' French 2 (FREN102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims1.      Develop a basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking French.2.      Provide students with an understanding of elementary French grammar.3.      Develop some understanding of the culture and society of France.4.      Develop some intercultural understanding.
    Learning Outcomes

    Apply elementary reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in line with the A2 level in French in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the elementary structures of French.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the countries in which French is spoken.

  • Introduction to French Studies I (FREN110)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    • To introduce students to French narrative forms, including prose, poetry, film and bande dessinée, from the 17th century to the present day, and to provide them with the necessary skills to critically evaluate such forms.
    • To provide students with an outline of the major stages in the evolution of the French state and, through the use of a range of historical, literary and journalistic texts, to engage students in a critical examination of these.
    • ​To provide students with skills appropriate to a range of areas in French Studies and to assist them in developing generic study skills, including information skills training and anti-plagiarism training.
    Learning Outcomes

    Demonstrate knowledge of representative examples of French narrative forms and of key events and issues in the history of the French Republic, and understand and be able to deploy the academic terms used to describe key concepts in these areas.

    ​Read critically in both French and English and write summaries and commentaries on materials covered on the module, constructing a coherent argument and using bibliographical conventions appropriately.

    ​Find and use appropriate materials and glean data from secondary works using library and IT resources, and understand the rationale behind the proper and consistent use of bibliographic citation.

  • Beginners French 1+2 (FREN112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Develop all the skills necessary to begin to communicate confidently in spoken and written French, including basic competence in reading and listening.

    Provide students with a sound understanding of the basic structures of the French grammar.

    Encourage students to explore some aspects of contemporary French culture through the medium of French.

    Develop useful language learning strategies and a reflective approach as well as the ability to work collaboratively and independently.

    Learning Outcomes

    Apply basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts using basic formal and informal registers.Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the target languages.Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language. ​

  • Language Awareness (MODL105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • Develop students'' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language.

  • ​Introduce students to key concepts of linguistics.

  • Enhance students'' skills of critical ​analysis of language, including hypothesis testing and rule formation.

  • ​Develop students'' understanding of similarities and differences between human languages.

  • ​Develop students'' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language learning that will help them become more efficient language learners.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Manage language learning processes more efficiently.

    ​Understand key aspects of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics which are relevant for language learners.

    ​Talk about and describe language using the correct terminology. 

    ​Reflect critically on selected language-related issues.

    ​Relate knowledge about text features to the translation of text.

    ​Communicate more efficiently in the first and foreign language.

  • Introduction to the Short French Narrative (FREN122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    AimsThis module will introduce students to a variety of short narratives in French written in a range of periods which may include  the Middle Ages to the present day. Whilst providing a general historical overview of the importance of short forms in French-language literature, the module will concentrate on selected texts to develop students’ reading skills as well as their sensitivity to specific generic, literary, cultural, historical and social issues.
    Learning Outcomes

    Read unfamiliar and challenging texts, showing specific knowledge about the contexts in which those texts were produced.

    ​Develop their French language skills, expanding their vocabulary and enhancing their sensitivity to issues of idiom, syntax, register and rhetoric.

    ​Identify and discuss major features of the short narrative in French and develop an awareness of related issues of genericity.

    ​Understand the social and historical situations from which the selected texts emerged.

    ​Detect affinities between the prescribed texts from different historical moments by analysing common themes whilst making comparisons between authors and contexts.

  • Introduction to French Studies II (FREN116)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    1.    This module aims to provide students with academic writing skills appropriate to a range of areas in French Studies. 2.    ​The first half of the module aims to introduce students to the institutions of Francophonie - the community of French speaking nations (fostering critical thinking on those institutions). 3.    ​ The module further aims to provide students with a comprehensive chronological review of French colonial history, introduces them to the French presence and role of French in North Africa, in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the Low Countries 4.    The second half of the module introduces the students to various French narrative forms, from the historical period to the present day, and to provide them with the necessary skills critically to evaluate such forms.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module students will have gained an appreciation of France’s role in European colonization and of its contribution to the culture of people on five continents. They should be familiar with and be able to deploy the terms used by academics to describe key concepts in these areas.

    Student should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of representative examples of French narrative forms and of key events and understand and be able to deploy the academic terms used to describe key concepts in these areas.

    ​Students will be able to find and use appropriate materials using library and IT resources and glean data from secondary works. They will be able to read critically both in French and in English. They will be able to select and integrate this secondary material into their essays following the appropriate conventions.

    ​They will have some understanding of the language and conventions of scholarly articles. They will be able to write summaries and commentaries on materials contained in the course packs and they will be able to analyse critically an academic writing written by their peers and construct an argument using their own words.

    They should be familiar with and be able to use the conventional forms of bibliographic citation, understand their rationale and be able to make use of bibliographical software packages to format the references.

Programme Year Two

  • Two language modules
  • Six content modules of which two are compulsory

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Modern French Language IIa (FREN201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • To provide students with enhanced competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking in French, building on the skills acquired in the year 1 language modules.
  • ​To provide students with a greater understanding of the grammar, syntax and idioms of French.

  • To prepare students for their period of study in France, focusing on the world of work and applying for internships in a French speaking country.​

  • ​To explore aspects of French culture, topical issues and changes affecting French society.

  • To increase students'' confidence in the manipulation of language.​

  • To develop translation and interpreting skills.​

  • To develop students'' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach
    towards language learning.

  • Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this module students should be able to improve their language skills and be able to cope with longer, more difficult texts and videos, express themselves more fluently and accurately in French.

    Apply the rules of syntax and grammar ​in their written work, using a wider range of lexis and idioms.

    ​Produce a CV and supporting statement; communicate effectively during an interview.

    Identify some of the changes affecting French society, discuss topical issues and identify cultural differences.​

    Select important information from a document and reformulate the main ideas in a summary.​

    ​Demonstrate an understanding of the structures, lexis, registers of the target language and translate them into English.

    Assess strengths and weaknesses and apply learning strategies to improve performance.

  • Modern French Language IIb (FREN202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • To provide students with enhanced competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking in French, building on the skills acquired in the year 2, first semester language module.
    • To provide students with a greater understanding of the grammar, syntax and idioms of French.
    • To gain confidence when dealing with practical situations during their year abroad.
    • To explore aspects of the French Education systems, French culture, topical issues and changes affecting French society.
    • To further increase students'' confidence in the manipulation of language.
    • To develop further translation and interpreting skills.
    • To provide students with basic research skills in the target language.
    • To give students'' an understanding of different registers and dialects of French.

     

    Learning OutcomesAt the end of this module students should be able to improve their language skills and be able to cope with longer, more difficult texts and videos, express themselves more fluently and accurately in French.

    Apply the rules of syntax and grammar ​in their written work, using a wider range of lexis and idioms.​

    Identify the differences between France and Britain in relation to accommodation, banking system, health system, transports, administration.​

    Understand the French Education system and the issues affecting secondary and higher education in France.​

    Select important information in a document and reformulate the main ideas in a report.​

    Demonstrate an understanding of the structures, lexis, registers of the target language and apply this understanding when translating in and out of French.​

    ​Apply research skills and produce well structured essays and presentations.

    Recognise the various registers of French, use them in appropriate situations. Identify different dialects of French.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Introduction to French Cinema (FREN236)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • To introduce students to the basic language of film analysis
    • To introduce students to the rich cultural field which the cinema has represented in France through study of selected films from particularly significant periods, giving them a background of reference points and an understanding of how cinema has developed in France​
    • To cultivate habits of close visual analysis and careful structuring of such analysis​
    • To increase confidence in class discussion and presentation. ​
    Learning Outcomes

    Students should be able to give an intelligent and informed account of how any film (from whatever culture) is put together, the ways in which it engages its audience and the messages it conveys. 

    Students will develop thorough and perceptive powers of observation and interpretation of the elements of a cinematic text both visual and aural​

    Students will be able to explain their observations in a structured way, in written analyses and also orally in front of a class, in the latter case using visual aids when appropriate.

    Students will be able to insert their detailed observations into a thematic or historical context in order to show how a particular film deals with larger issues, and to construct a well-written essay to explain their ideas. ​

    ​Students should have a basic overview of major directors and trends in the history of the cinema in France, which will enable them to see other French films in their historical and artistic context.

  • Manger! Food and French Culture (FREN230)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • Recognised by UNESCO in 2010 as part of humanity''s intangible cultural heritage, the French ''gastronomic meal'' has been one of the gifts the French feel they have given the world. This is the first module in French Studies globally that aims to give students both a historically grounded understanding of the discourses of food in France and a critical understanding of how French cuisine functions as a national myth. 
    • The wider context for this module''s aims is the opportunity to offer our students content and teaching and learning unique in UK French Studies. The module capitalizes on the research expertise of 90% of members of staff at Liverpool.
    • This module aims to familiarize students with authentic documents written in French from different time periods from the Middle Ages onwards.
    • This module aims to encourage students to apply the theoretical concepts, historical understanding and specialist French vocabulary that they have learnt to the understanding and analysis of real-life situations​
    • This modules aims to encourage students to make learning and assessment choices which play to their strengths as independent learners. ​
    Learning Outcomes

    On completion of this module, students will have an understanding of the development of the significance of food for French society from the Middle Ages to the end of the twentieth century.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On completion of this module, students will have acquired and internalized the core vocabulary in French for describing French food and its modes of presentation on the table and in a menu.

    ​ ​On completion of this module, students will understand the role played by the absence and presence of food at specific moments in the history of France. ​

    ​Students will know the names of the principal individuals who have shaped French culinary tradition and understand the importance of food in terms of the relation between Paris and the provinces of France and between France and the UK

  • Paris: Capital Cultures? (FREN223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce students to Paris as a diverse, global city from a historical and theoretical perspective. 

    To develop students'' ability to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the study​ of cities in general, and to Paris, its arrondissements and banlieues in particular.

    To enhance students'' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking and research.
    Learning Outcomes

    Understand the diversity of Paris and its culture as a capital city both across time and at individual periods in its history.

    Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of a range of sources in different textual forms and visual media, and from diverse periods in French history, both individually and comparatively.​​​​

    Show an awareness of concepts and debates relating to the study of the city in general as a cultural, multilingual, and historically marked space.

    Successfully carry out a piece of individual research.

  • Propaganda and Censorship (FILM202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an insight into theinteraction of film and political authority, the structures which theauthorities use or have used in order to exert control on the cinema and theways in which cinema’s power over its audience has been harnessed, manipulatedor occasionally feared to the point of suppression.

    To examine specific films,scenes from them and the controversies around them as case studies of theinteraction of film and political and/or other authority.

    To introduce students totheoretical debates about propaganda and censorship in Film Studies.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will gain a differentiatedunderstanding of the way in which political and other authorities have soughtto control, harness and curb the power of film in different historicalsituations. 

    Students will gain an awareness offilm’s position in national institutional structures and the effect of these onthe finished product and a historical perspective on the perceived purpose ofand limits on film production in Europe.

    Students will develop an alertness tothe ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a criticalattitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects offilm on its audience.

    Students will develop an ability touse different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticatedargument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach areasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires inthe formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.​

  • The Cinematic City (FILM201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    ·         To explore ways in which European cinema has made use of the urban space (cinema having been described as an urban art-form par excellence). ·         Through a wide range of films from different European countries, to introduce students both to issues relating to the imaginary conception of cities, and to concepts in film theory regarding the construction of space, the position of the observer, and the nature and purpose of representation and of narrative construction​ ·         To introduce students to relatively complex theoretical constructions, in an immediate and approachable way, which will give them confidence in their ability to handle concepts in critical theory and to apply them successfully.​ ·         To develop their capacities in expressing their ideas, both in discussion and in written work, with regard to more advanced material than they were required to study in the first-year course. ​ ·         To alert them to the conceptual links which film studies has with other theoretical fields.
    Learning Outcomes

    Awareness of issues of urban theory, of the spatial implications of cinematic expression, and of the interaction of these; 

    Awareness of the ways in which cinema has been used to articulate the self-construction of urban societies​

    Alertness to the ways in which the modern world is constructed through representations​

    Ability to handle theoretical concepts confidently in written and oral modes, to carry on a discussion and sustain an argument by applying those concepts.​

  • The Emergence of the French Nation State (FREN225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To give students a global knowledge of the medieval history of France.

    ​To give students an understanding of important events and long-term historical evolutions which took place or started during the later medieval period. To enhance students'' theoretical and historical understandings of concepts such as sovereignty, the nature of royal authority, theories and images of the king, warfare and taxation. ​
    Learning Outcomes

    To have a general knowledge of the history of France between c.1200 and c.1500.

    Understand a text of the target language within its broader historical, cultural and social context

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the history of the societies of the country of the target language 

    To be able to develop historical arguments based on critical readings of primary and secondary sources.

  • The Linguistic Landscape (MODL222)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To introduce students to key theoretical and conceptual debates within Linguistic Landscape studies

  • ​To develop students'' ability to apply theoretical and conceptual debates to a close linguistic and semiotic analysis of the public space.

  • ​To enhance students'' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

  • Learning OutcomesShow an understanding of semiotics, in order to be able to ‘read’ languages as they appear in the public space as well as analyse signs in urban and rural environments

    Students will be able to create their own wiki, analysing a sign/signs

    Students will be able to plan, undertake and submit their own original research project into an aspect of the linguistic landscape, as identified by the student, with guidance from the tutors

  • School of Histories, Languages and Cultures Volunteering and Experience Module 1 (HLAC211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​1. To develop materials and/or undertake tasks within a practical or vocational context

    2. To apply within that context pedagogical and other theoretical or practical knowledge relevant to the development and delivery of those materials and/or tasks.

    3. To apply academic and/or theoretical knowledge within a practical context and to reflect and report on the relationship between the two.

    4. To develop and identify a range of personal/employability skills and to reflect and report on this.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students should be able to demonstrate an ability to develop materials and/or undertake tasks according to a given specification and requirement, within a practical or vocational context.

    ​Students should be able to reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials developed and/or the tasks undertaken.

    ​Students should be able to identify the connection between academic and/or theoretical knowledge and its practical or vocational application.

    ​Students should be able to identify, reflect and report on a range of personal/employability skills.

Programme Year Three

Year abroad

Programme Year Four

  • Two language modules
  • Two applied language modules
  • Four optional modules

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Books and publishing in France
  • France, Europe and the World (1720-1830)
  • French travellers in the new world
  • Resistance and collaboration
  • Sociolinguistics of modern French
  • Translation

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Modern French Language IIIa (FREN301)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • To provide students with advanced competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking in French, building on the skills acquired in the Year 2 language modules and during the Year Abroad in Year 3.
    • To increase students'' linguistic confidence.​
    • To equip students with the speaking skills necessary in a professional and social context.​
    • ​To equip students with the writing skills necessary in a professional and social context.
    • To develop students'' cultural understanding of France.​
    Learning OutcomesBy the end of this module, you will have improved your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills to reach near native speaker level.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different registers, and be able to adapt your French to different situations and contexts.​

    Consolidate interview, presentation and debating skills, as well as translating and interpreting skills, from French into English, English into French.​

    Identify the demands of the workplace. Communicate effectively in writing in French in a professional context.​

    Understand the political and economic situation in France.​

  • Modern French Language IIIb (FREN302)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    1. To provide students with advanced competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking in French, building on the skills acquired in the year 2 language modules, in year 3 during the Year Abroad and in semester 1 of year 4 in FREN301.

    2. To further increase students linguistic confidence.

    3. To equip students with the speaking skills necessary in a professional and every day context.

    4. To equip students with the writing skills necessary in a professional and every day context.

    5. To develop students cultural understanding of France.

       

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module, you will have improved yourlistening, reading and writing skills in French.


    ​Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of differentregisters and be able to adapt your French to the appropriate situation andcontext.

    ​Consolidate presentation and debatingskills, as well as translation skills.

    ​Identify the demands of the workplace. Communicateeffectively in writing in French in a professional context.

    ​Understand the economic and political situation inFrance.

Year Four Optional Modules

  • French Identities: France, Europe and the World, C. 1720-1830 (FREN334)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    • To introduce students to the range of literature which explores French cultural contact with the wider world during the ''long'' eighteenth century;
    • To explore how representations of the ''other'' problematize the French ''self'', under the ancien régime, the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars, and the Restoration
    • ​To encourage students to challenge homogeneous views of ''Frenchness'' through the analysis of texts written by ''marginals''
    • ​To encourage students to reflect on themes raised by the texts using recent theories developed by postcolonialism, pyschoanalysis and feminism which conceptualize alterity
    • ​To provide an understanding of a key periods in French history (the ancien régime, the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars) while, simultaneously, encouraging students to reflect upon the problem of traditional periodization in French historical writings
    • ​To develop students'' analytical skills (in both oral and written form)
    Learning Outcomes

    Understand a text of the target language within its broader, historical, cultural and social context

    ​Successfully apply a close reading to a text of the target language

    ​Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, history and politics of France under the ancien régime, the Revolution and the Restoration

    Apply theoretical approaches (such as colonial discourse theory or gender theory) to the analysis of primary texts​

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultural and intellectual relationship between France, Europe and the world during a period of history which has had a profound effect on modern-day France

  • French Travellers in the New World (FREN332)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The overall aims of the module are to:

    • provide an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the discovery of the New World;
    • introduce students to the language, style and themes of sixteenth-century French texts;
    • give students an insight into the diversity and contrasts in representations of the New World in French Renaissance literature;
    • encourage students to reflect on the issues presented by the texts in the light of recent theories developed to conceptualise travel, cultural exchange, cultural difference and ''otherness'', such as postcolonial theory and psychoanalysis;
    • develop students'' subject-specific and transferable skills such as the ability to read in French; the ability to use electronic resources such as the internet; presentational, organisational, analytical, time management, problem-solving, research and writing skills.
    Learning Outcomes

    The ability to read and understand French Renaissance texts.

    ​Comment on the historical and cultural factors pertinent to the discovery of the New World and its representation French Renaissance writing.

    ​Identify and discuss the stylistic and thematic features of the works studied.

    ​Compare and contrast the set works and the stylistic and thematic issues they present.

    ​Read and understand theories of ''otherness'' and apply them to the prescribed material where appropriate.

    ​Use electronic resources such as the internet to further their understanding of the issues raised by the course, particularly digitised texts.

    ​Evaluate critical approaches to the issues discussed and select those likely to be pertinent and fruitful, explaining and defending choices when asked to do so either by other students or the course tutors.

    ​Contribute to tutorial discussion, analysing material with regard to its broad themes, significant detail, and socio-cultural, historical and ideological context.

    ​Complete coherent, focused and structured assignments on topics related to the set texts.

    ​Make competent use of secondary literature and achieve the proper integration of such material into an original argument.

    ​Use library and bibliographical skills to find secondary literature relating to the chosen texts, including that available on the internet.

  • Resistance and Collaboration: the French Legacy (FREN343)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims 

    1. To introduce students to a range of key post-1945 Frenchresponses to the issues of resistance and collaboration during the wartime Occupationof France (printed, film and video);


    2. To explore the different ways in which those materialsengage with the complex issues of history, memory and responsibility;


    3. To develop students’ ability to read materialscritically, and to draw conclusions across these by comparing and contrasting;


    4. To encourage reflection and discussion on the ongoingquestions surrounding France’s engagement with her past;


    5. To support students’ ability to produce coherent andfocussed writing on the module themes.


    Learning Outcomes

    As a result of the module, students should have improved their ability to:

    read/view unfamiliar and challenging literary, historical and cinematic materials, showing specific knowledge about the contexts in which those texts were produced

    Appreciate the diversity of historical, literary and cinematic material available on the topic, by considering a variety of differing approaches to common themes, in order to evaluate representations of the Occupation years​

    Understand the society and historical context from which the prescribed materials emerge and to which their authors belong​Contribute to seminar discussion, analysing materials with regard to their broad themes, significant detail, and socio-cultural, historical and ideological context; and detecting affinities between the prescribed materials by analysing common themes whilst making cross comparisons between authors and contexts​Demonstrate an awareness of the intercultural sensitivity required for a successful understanding of the material and themes under consideration

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

You will be taught in a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and small group tutorials where a friendly environment prevails and great attention is paid to giving feedback on assessed work.

In language classes, we make every effort to ensure that we have a small number of students compared to competitor institutions, which means that academic staff are able to support students to achieve their full potential. All language modules involve continuous assessment such as oral presentations, listening tests and grammar tests as well as exams. Tuition takes place in small groups with first-language speakers playing a prominent part and includes a range of skills such as listening, writing, speaking, interpreting and translation.

Students are also expected to make regular use of our fully-refurbished Language Lounge to enhance their own study. We encourage our students to become independent learners, and support them through our dedicated library resources in the Sydney Jones Library which is open 24-hour in term time. We also make extensive use of our virtual learning environment VITAL where students can complete structured tasks outside the classroom.


Assessment

Performance throughout the year is carefully monitored and used to supplement examinations. For language, such a programme of continuous assessment involves evaluating performance in a variety of written and oral exercises. Other modules have a mix of essay and exam assessment. Our aim is always to assess by methods of evaluation appropriate to the skills being developed and to allow students to gain credit for good work done during the year.

Exams take place at two points in the academic year: at the end of Semester One in January and at the end of the session in May, so that the workload is evenly distributed. As regards the final degree result, for language programmes, the second year’s work counts for 20%, the work done during the Year Abroad (foreign exams or extended essay or portfolio) counts for another 10%, and the final year’s work counts for 70%.