The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
In the first year of a Joint Honours degree programme study is split equally between the two disciplines. Following this you have the option to alter the balance of your study, meaning that you could change to a major-minor weighting. In your final year you have the option to maintain your second-year balance, switch your major subject to your other discipline or revert to an equal balance. If you wish, you can maintain an equal balance throughout your degree. This flexibility allows you to tailor the course throughout your degree programme, once you have had the time and experience to consider where your strengths and interests lie. The list of modules below are based on studying half of your modules (60 credits) in History and half in French Studies (60 credits).
The first year is the foundational year in an academic process that will see you progress from being a dependent to an independent learner.
French: You will study 3 modules – French language, La France moderne (an introduction to French politics and history) and an Introduction to French Literature and Film Studies.
History: You will study modules spanning the early medieval to late modern periods and be provided with the basic knowledge and skills to study history. You can choose two out of five introductory survey modules, Discovering the Middle Ages, Making of the Modern World 1500-1815, Living in the Middle Ages, Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History 1815-2000, War and Society (20 credits per module) which explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. You will also study Practising History (A): Skills in History (Autumn term) and Practising History (B): Approaches to History (Spring term), which look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
The second year is an intermediate year that builds on the foundations laid in the first year of study.
French: As you progress into the second year of the course you follow core language modules, as well as specialist modules focusing on politics, culture, literature or film so you are increasingly free to tailor the programme to suit your own interests.
History: You engage in a Group Research module in the Autumn Term and extend your historical knowledge through a subject-specific module chosen from a wide range available from Option B in the Spring Term. You can then choose one of the following 20 credit modules: History in Theory and Practice, Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) (please note this module must be studied if a History 40 credit dissertation is to be taken in the final year) and may also be able to take a Professional Skills module (please note that places on this module are limited).
The third year is normally spent following a programme of study at one of our many partner universities in France or Quebec.
French: You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist language and culture options that are available in the final year. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a Dissertation module in either discipline, or combine both areas.
History: The final year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B (20 credits) and you also undertake an in-depth Special Subject module (20+20 credits), which is chosen from a variety of available subjects. Joint Honours students can choose to substitute one 20 credit Advanced Option with a Joint Honours History Dissertation (20 credits).