French BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: R120
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

There are six compulsory modules, including, two language modules and two foundational modules.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to French Studies I (FREN114)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    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 and literary, to engage students in a critical examination of these; To encourage students to engage with a longer text, through which students will be able to examine different aspects of French and Francophone societies; 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

    (LO1) Demonstrate knowledge  of key events and issues in the history of the French state.

    (LO2) Demonstrate knowledge of the development of the French language and of the extent of its use throughout the world.

    (LO3) Read critically in both French and English and write  commentaries on materials covered on the module, constructing a coherent argument and using bibliographical conventions appropriately.

    (LO4) 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.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

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

    This module aims to provide students with academic writing skills appropriate to a range of areas in French Studies;

    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);

    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;

    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

    (LO1) Demonstrate knowledge of the development of the French language and of the extent of its use throughout the world.

    (LO2) Demonstrate knowledge of representative examples of French narrative forms and be able to deploy the academic terms used to describe key concepts in these areas.

    (LO3) Students will be able to analyse data and 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.

    (LO4) They will have some understanding of the language and conventions of scholarly articles. They will be able to write summaries on appropriate secondary sources and use their knowledge and understanding of these sources to construct their own arguments.

    (S1) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S2) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, and social and economic structures of the societies of the country of the target language and other countries around the world where that language is used.

    (S3) Understand a text of the target language within its broader historical, cultural and social context

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Brief Encounters: the French Short Story (FREN122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This 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

    (LO1) Read unfamiliar and challenging texts, showing specific knowledge about the contexts in which those texts were produced.

    (LO2) Develop their French language skills, expanding their vocabulary and enhancing their sensitivity to issues of idiom, syntax, register and rhetoric.

    (LO3) Identify and discuss major features of the short narrative in French and develop an awareness of related issues of genericity.

    (LO4) Understand the social and historical situations from which the selected texts emerged.

    (LO5) Detect affinities between the prescribed texts from different historical moments by analysing common themes whilst making comparisons between authors and contexts.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S4) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

  • 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

    (LO1) Manage language learning processes more efficiently.

    (LO2) Understand key aspects of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics which are relevant for language learners.

    (LO3) Talk about and describe language using the correct terminology.

    (LO4) Reflect critically on selected language-related issues.

    (LO5) Relate knowledge about text features to the translation of text.

    (LO6) Communicate more efficiently in the first and foreign language.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance - Personal action planning

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S7) Time and project management - Personal organisation

  • Intermediate French 5, Year 1 (FREN105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To consolidate skills acquired during the period of ‘A’ level tuition in secondary school, in particular the knowledge of grammar and the written and oral practice of the French language;

    Will introduce students to different registers of French: Standard, informal, argotique, encourage the production of accurate, authentic and fluent French, both written and spoken, in different formats;

    (Re)familiarise students with important cultural and historical references as part of a wider appreciation of the French language, develop students’ active and passive vocabulary;

    To enhance their competence in listening in the target language and will encourage students to take charge of their own language learning and to use the available resources for improving their command of the target language.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    (LO2) Understand and improve knowledge and manipulation of the variety of registers in the target language.

    (LO3) Improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language and their knowledge of basic grammar.

    (LO4) Understand important cultural and historical references pertinent to French culture and demonstrate a knowledge of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (LO5) Express themselves more fluently and accurately, and communicate more effectively in the target language.

    (LO6) Improve their listening and comprehension skills of authentic and more complex audio clips and videos.

    (LO7) Improve their understanding of how to assess strengths and weaknesses and apply learning strategies to improve performance.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written, visual) – foreign language skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S7) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

  • Intermediate French 6, Year 1 (FREN106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To consolidate both the skills acquired during the period of ‘A’ level tuition in secondary school, in particular grammar and written and oral French language practice, and the skills acquired in FREN105;

    To introduce students to different registers of French: standard, informal, argotique;

    To encourage the production of accurate, authentic and fluent French, both written and spoken, in different formats;

    To (re)familiarise students with important cultural and historical references as part of a wider appreciation of the French language;

    To continue developing students' active and passive vocabulary;

    To provide students with enhanced competence in listening in the target language;

    To encourage students to take charge of their own language learning and to use the available resources for improving their command of the target language.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    (LO2) Understand and improve knowledge and manipulation of the variety of registers in the target language.

    (LO3) Improve their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the target language and their knowledge of basic grammar.

    (LO4) Understand important cultural and historical references pertinent to French culture and demonstrate a knowledge of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (LO5) Express themselves more fluently and accurately, and communicate more effectively in the target language.

    (LO6) Improve their listening and comprehension skills of authentic and more complex audio clips and videos.

    (LO7) Improve their understanding of how to assess strengths and weaknesses and apply learning strategies to improve performance.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written, visual) - foreign language skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S7) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

  • 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

    (LO1) Apply basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts using basic formal and informal registers.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the target languages.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication skills – basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the target language

    (S2) Global citizenship – cultural awareness

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance – Self-awareness/self-analysis

  • Elementary French 3+4, Year 1 (FREN134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Continue to develop all the skills necessary to communicate confidently in spoken and written French within a range of topics, including reading and listening competences;

    Consolidate existing knowledge of French language while learning even more complex structures;

    Encourage students to explore more 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

    (LO1) Consolidate listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Communicate in the target language in a wider variety of contexts using appropriate register.

    (LO3) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and appropriate varieties of the target language.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication skills – basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the target language

    (S2) Global citizenship – cultural awareness

    (S3) Improving own learning/performance – Self-awareness/self-analysis

Programme Year Two

You will take two language modules and six content modules of which two are compulsory.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Intermediate French 5+6, Year 2 (FREN256)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Develop further all the skills necessary to communicate confidently and effectively in spoken and written French, including reading and listening competences;

    Consolidate existing knowledge of French language while learning more complex structures;

    Enable students to develop further language learning strategies and fosters a reflective approach as well as the ability to work collaboratively and independently;

    Encourage students to explore aspects of contemporary French culture and to reflect on some current French issues in preparation for the Year Abroad.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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 / audio documents, express themselves more fluently and accurately in French.

    (LO2) Communicate more effectively in the target language in a wider variety of contexts.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a deeper knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (LO4) Demonstrate an increased understanding of the structures, lexis, registers of the target language and apply these to improve writing and speaking skills.

    (LO5) Apply research skills and produce well-structured essays and presentations.

    (LO6) Recognise the various registers of French, use them in appropriate situations.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual): foreign language skills

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Information skills - Information accessing: [Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Advanced French 7+8 (FREN278)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Develop further all the skills necessary to communicate confidently and effectively in spoken and written French, including reading and listening competences; Continue to consolidate existing knowledge of French language while learning more complex structures; Enable students to develop further language learning strategies and fosters a reflective approach as well as the ability to work collaboratively and independently; Encourage students to further explore aspects of contemporary French culture and to reflect on some current French issues in preparation for the Year Abroad.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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 / audio documents, express themselves more fluently and accurately in French.

    (LO2) Communicate more effectively in the target language in a wider variety of contexts.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a deeper knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (LO4) Demonstrate an increased understanding of the structures, lexis, registers of the target language and apply these to improve writing and speaking skills.

    (LO5) Apply research skills and produce well-structured essays and presentations.

    (LO6) Recognise the various registers of French, use them in appropriate situations.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual): foreign language skills

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Information skills - Information accessing: [Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S6) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Advanced French 7, Year 2 (FREN207)
    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 one 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Apply the rules of syntax and grammar in their written work, using a wider range of lexis and idioms.

    (LO3) Produce a CV and supporting statement; communicate effectively during an interview.

    (LO4) Identify some of the changes affecting French society, discuss topical issues and identify cultural differences.

    (LO5) Select important information from a document and reformulate the main ideas in a summary.

    (LO6) Demonstrate an understanding of the structures, lexis, registers of the target language and translate them into English.

    (LO7) Assess strengths and weaknesses and apply learning strategies to improve performance.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - foreign language skills

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S6) Critical thinking and problem solving - Synthesis

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S8) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S9) Commercial awareness - ability to use language for professional purpose

  • Advanced French 8 (FREN208)
    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 two, 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;   To develop students' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Apply the rules of syntax and grammar in their written work, using a wider range of lexis and idioms.

    (LO3) Identify the differences between France and Britain in relation to accommodation, banking system, health system, transports, administration

    (LO4) Understand the French Education system and the issues affecting secondary and higher education in France.

    (LO5) Select important information in a document and reformulate the main ideas in a report.

    (LO6) Demonstrate an understanding of the structures, lexis, registers of the target language and apply the understanding when translating in and out of French.

    (LO7) Apply research skills and produce well structured essays and presentations.

    (LO8) Recognise the various registers of French, use them in appropriate situations. Identify different dialects of French.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual): foreign language skills

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S7) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

Year Two Optional Modules

  • An Introduction to French Linguistics (FREN238)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To introduce students to key theoretical and conceptual debates within linguistics, namely sociolinguistics, phonetics, morphology, semantics, etymology, and syntax;

    To develop students' abilities to apply theoretical and conceptual debates to the production of French in contemporary France;

    To enhance students' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking;

    To encourage a greater understanding of the French language which will, in turn, enhance students' capacity to learn and use the language.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will have a greater understanding of the French language as a tool for communication, and as a system with its own rules and history.

    (LO2) Students will learn how to produce phonetic transcriptions, enabling them to produce sounds in an internationally recognised form.

    (LO3) Students will explore issues surrounding the creation of French, thereby enabling them to evaluate the developments of languages in general.

    (LO4) Students will be able to trace the major themes within the study of meaning, covering any gaps in the study of their first language and equipping them to produce better, idiomatic French through the perspective of the semantics of a language.

    (LO5) Students will gain an appreciation of the roles played by society, communities, speakers and governments in the development, use and abuse of language systems. They should also have a greater understanding of the part played by culture in all its guises in the life of a language, complementing their studies of literature, film and other related fields.

    (LO6) Students will be able to understand the construction of languages within utterances, sentences and discourse, not only reaffirming the rules of French syntax but refreshing their comprehension of their first language with regards to acceptable sentence structure.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - academic writing (inc. referencing skills).

    (S2) Global citizenship - cultural awareness.

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis.

    (S4) Personal attributes and qualities – independence.

  • 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

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) Students will develop thorough and perceptive powers of observation and interpretation of the elements of a cinematic text both visual and aural

    (LO3) 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.

    (LO4) 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.

    (LO5) 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.

    (S1) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, and social and economic structures of the societies of the country of the target language

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Successfully apply a close reading to a text of the target language

    (S7) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S8) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S9) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

    (S10) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

  • Language Teaching: Theory and Practice (MODL200)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to key theoretical and conceptual debates within second language learning and teaching studies;

    To develop students' ability to apply theoretical and conceptual debates to a variety of second language learning and teaching contexts;

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of second language teaching theories,

    (LO2) Identify the connection between academic and / or theoretical knowledge and its practical application in a modern foreign language classroom,

    (LO3) Demonstrate an ability to develop materials and teaching activities according to a given specification and requirement,

    (LO4) Reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials and teaching activities developed,

    (LO5) Identify, reflect and report on a range of personal / employability skills.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S3) Communication (oral written and visual) - Presentation skills

    (S4) Time and project management - Project management

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

  • Living the Global Eighteenth Century (HLAC200)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To offer students an introduction to some key aspects of European culture and society in the eighteenth century; To make students who come from a range of major subject areas aware of the ways in which study of that period is approached by and can enrich a range of disciplines.; To help students to grasp and reflect on the historical dimensions of their own shared and contested culture(s) and the contemporary political and global order.; To develop students' capacity for asking questions (curiosity) as well as for answering them (research skills) by engaging them in active and interactive learning.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A sound knowledge of key aspects of European culture, society and politics in the eighteenth century and insight into the historical dimensions of European and global modernity

    (LO2) An understanding of the ways in which study of the eighteenth century is approached by scholars in a range of disciplines and in working with people from disciplinary backgrounds different from their own

    (LO3) Ability to analyse and respond to primary texts critically in terms of their historical and geographical context

    (LO4) Ability to devise and carry out an independent research project, deploying both data and imagination

    (LO5) A sound knowledge of aspects of material culture of the eighteenth century and ability to analyse artefacts of material culture critically and in their geographical historical context

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S7) Personal attributes and qualities - independence

  • 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; T his 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 module aims to encourage students to make learnig and assessment choices which play to their strengths as independent learners.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) 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. 

    (LO4) 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

    (S1) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography, and social and economic structures of the societies of the country of the target language

    (S4) Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of real-world situations.

  • Multilingual Liverpool: Reading the City (MODL234)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To introduce students to core theoretical topics in sociolinguistics;

    To encourage critical awareness of multilingualism and language practices;

    To apply decoding approaches to texts publicly available in Liverpool.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Read critically public texts, both in English and in the target language.

    (LO2) Decode signs into the target language, bearing in mind the principles of semiotics, audience, design and other linguistic landscape theories.

    (LO3) Develop an understanding of multilingualism.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (including referencing skills)

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • 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

    (LO1) Understand the diversity of Paris and its culture as a capital city both across time and at individual periods in its history.

    (LO2) 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.

    (LO3) Show an awareness of concepts and debates relating to the study of the city in general as a cultural, multilingual, and historically marked space.

    (LO4) Successfully carry out a piece of individual research.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - visual

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - independence

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

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

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

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

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain a differentiated understanding of the way in which political and other authorities have sought to control, harness and curb the power of film in different historical situations.

    (LO2) Students will gain an awareness of film’s position in national institutional structures and the effect of these onthe finished product and a historical perspective on the perceived purpose of and limits on film production in Europe.

    (LO3) Students will develop an alertness to the ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a critical attitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects of film on its audience.

    (LO4) Students will develop an ability to use different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticated argument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach a reasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires in the formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

  • The Cinematic City (FILM201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    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 module;

    To alert them to the conceptual links which film studies has with other theoretical fields; To introduce students in a simple way to the practical problems of audiovisual representation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Awareness of issues of urban theory, of the spatial implications of cinematic expression, and of the interaction of these;

    (LO2) Awareness of the ways in which cinema has been used to articulate the self-construction of urban societies

    (LO3) Alertness to the ways in which the modern world is constructed through representations

    (LO4) Ability to handle theoretical concepts confidently in written and oral modes, to carry on a discussion and sustain an argument by applying those concepts.

    (LO5) Awareness of some of the practical issues involved in creating an audiovisual piece.

    (LO6) Ability to plan the translation of experience of the city into audiovisual form.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S6) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S7) Handling audiovisual material

Programme Year Three

Year abroad

You will complete assessment tasks appropriate to your Year Abroad placement, either producing one or more pieces of work in French or completing modules at your host university.

Programme Year Four

You will take two language modules, two applied language modules and four optional modules.

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Proficient French 11 (FREN311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    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 Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to communicate in both spoken and written French with near-native fluency.

    (LO2) Ability to use the necessary linguistic and cultural tools to deal with realistic and complex situations of the world of work.

    (LO3) Ability to operate as an effective inter-cultural communicator.

    (LO4) Attainment of a sophisticated level of linguistic and cultural awareness.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Proficient French 12 (FREN312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To provide students with advanced competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking in French, building on the skills acquired in the year two language modules, in year three during the Year Abroad and in semester one of year four in FREN311;

    To further increase students linguistic confidence;

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

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

    To develop students cultural understanding of France.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to communicate in both spoken and written French with near-native fluency.

    (LO2) Ability to use the necessary linguistic and cultural tools to deal with realistic and complex situations of the world of work

    (LO3) Ability to operate as an effective inter-cultural communicator

    (LO4) Attainment of a sophisticated level of linguistic and cultural awareness

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Dissertation (MODL307)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students the opportunity to carry out independent research at an advanced level, with appropriate support, into a cultural, literary or linguistic topic of interest to them;

    To draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant cultural, literary or linguistic issues and theoretical debates students have acquired in their taught modules;

    To produce a piece of individual research which presents an argument developed over 10,000 words, usually divided into Introduction, three chapters, and Conclusion.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Utilise a variety of bibliographical tools to locate a range of primary and secondary sources on which to base a research project.

    (LO2) Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.

    (LO3) Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.

    (LO4) Engage critically with relevant cultural, literary or linguistic and / or theoretical debates on the topic.

    (LO5) Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a long-term process of research, reading and writing.

    (LO6) Present a confident and coherent argument in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

    (S1) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

    (S2) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S7) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S8) Time and project management - Project management

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S10) Research skills - All Information skills

  • French Dressing: Six Centuries of Clothing and Cultural History in France (FREN335)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the ways in which French cultural productions from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries (e.g. paintings, lifestyle journalism) using clothing to convey and shape identity; To develop students' ability to apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the study of clothing; To enhance students' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to evaluate critically the role and significance of fashion in French culture from the late Middle Ages to the twentieth century.

    (LO2) Apply theoretical approaches or critical secondary literature to the analysis of a range of artefacts in different visual media and from diverse periods in French history, both individually and comparatively.

    (LO3) Understand concepts and approaches relating to the history of fashion and consumption, especially in relation to individual and group identity.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Independence

  • From Sheepskin to E-reader: Books and Publishing in France (FREN331)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with a good understanding of the main developments of the history of the book in France from the medieval period and the Ancien Régime;

    To introduce students to the study and description of old printed and hand-written books;

    To encourage students to reflect on the interaction between text and non-textual elements (illustrations, layout, typography);

    To develop an understanding of the importance of the printing press for shaping of popular culture.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) After having completed this module students will have a good understanding of the main developments of the history of the book in France from the medieval period to the present day.

    (LO2) Students will have been introduced to the study and description of old printed and hand-written books and will be able to use the appropriate technical vocabulary to describe and analyse features of layout, typography and physical appearance.

    (LO3) They will have reflected on the interaction between text and non-textual elements (illustrations, layout, typography) and have developed an understanding of the importance of the printing press for shaping of popular culture.

    (LO4) Through the project they will have learned to identify suitable research topics, formulate research questions in relation to these topics, collect relevant primary and secondary sources and report on their findings in oral and written form.

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S2) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S4) Adaptability

  • Resistance and Collaboration: the French Legacy (FREN343)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To introduce students to a range of key post-1945 French responses to the issues of resistance and collaboration during the wartime Occupation of France (printed, film and video); To explore the different ways in which those materials engage with the complex issues of history, memory and responsibility; To develop students’ ability to read materials critically, and to draw conclusions across these by comparing and contrasting; To encourage reflection and discussion on the ongoing questions surrounding France’s engagement with her past;   To support students’ ability to produce coherent and focussed writing on the module themes.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) 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

    (LO2) 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

    (LO3) Understand the society and historical context from which the prescribed materials emerge and to which their authors belong

    (LO4) 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

    (LO5) Demonstrate an awareness of the intercultural sensitivity required for a successful understanding of the material and themes under consideration

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Personal attributes and qualities: ability to work independently

  • The Sociolinguistics of Modern French (FREN333)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Deepen students’ understanding of language policy in general, and French language policy in particular (from the reign of François I to François Hollande );

    Explore the social situation in France with regard to the use of language;

    Consider aspects of variation in language across France (both European and overseas territories);

    Introduce students to the methodology of research in sociolinguistics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand the ways in which language is appropriate for social purposes.

    (LO2) Read and use unfamiliar texts, including journal articles

    (LO3) Evaluate critical approaches to sociolinguistic issues in France

    (LO4) Contribute to seminar discussion, exploiting their own increased understanding of the issues at play

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

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%.