Module code: FRE1061

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MARLEY D Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 22

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2-HOUR EXAMINATION 60

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module is taught in the target language in semester 2 of FHEQ Level 4


Module aims

This module aims to equip students with a broad general knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of France and the French-speaking world, including an introduction to the historical background that has shaped the contemporary society and culture in these regions.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Be able to follow and take notes from lectures delivered in French   CPT
Be able to participate in seminars in French KCPT
Have acquired basic and specialised vocabulary related to social and cultural issues KC
Have gained an understanding of the relevance and value of a historical perspective within the study of modern languages and cultures KC
Be able to describe the development of France and the French-speaking world KCPT
Be able to read and critically evaluate authentic sources on a range of cultural and social issues KCPT
Be able to write critically in French on cultural and social issues   KCT
Have developed communicative skills in French. CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Historical overview of France
Colonial expansion and development of the French-speaking world
Overview of society: changes in family life; role of women; youth culture; class
Aspects of everyday life in France.
Aspects of cultural production and cultural policy
The media
Immigration and multiculturalism



Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable students to develop their language skills as a medium for understanding, expression and communication, through listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language;
Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;
Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the written assignment;
Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.
Develop communication skills through interactions in class;
Acquire a broad knowledge of the history, culture and institutions of the societies in which French is used.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Three contact hours per week over Semester 2.
Classes will include lectures and seminars;
students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;
Ability to analyse and interpret texts;
Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;
Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;
Subject-specific knowledge of French history and culture.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

written assignment of 1000 words (to be submitted after week 8). Takes the form of a literature review, enabling students to develop subject specific knowledge, improve their written French, and develop research skills.
Two hour exam. Students answer eight questions, in French, on various topics covered in the module. Assesses ability to write accurate and appropriate French, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of topics covered,


Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.
Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.
Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Reading list

Reading list for CONTEMPORARY FRANCE I :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and French BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and French BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French and German) BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with French BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.