French Studies second year modules

Core modules:

French language - 20 credits

This linked module will be organised around a number of separate components: the weekly expression orale class with a native speaker will be structured around a variety of oral and aural tasks such as: oral presentation, debate and role-play. Part of this hour will be devoted to preparing students to gain full benefit from their period of residency abroad (where applicable). The weekly language class will focus primarily upon written skills: it will be divided into several teaching blocks where different writing styles and types of exercise will be introduced then reinforced and practiced. A series of lectures/workshops will be the focus for students working on vocabulary and grammar skills. There will be some laboratory sessions designed to enhance awareness and accuracy of sounds and intonation patterns.

Optional modules:

French Cinema, Media and Visual Culture - 20 credits

This module builds on knowledge about French cinema and skills in reading film introduced 1 in Year 1 by offering, in semester 1, an introduction to the main genres of French cinema (the fantastique/horror, heritage cinema, the thriller/polar and documentary). This is followed in Semester 2 by introduction to up to three other forms of visual culture taken from: visual art, photography, advertising and television/newspaper media (depending on staff availability). Films are prescribed in Semester 1, while in Semester 2 students are guided in the selection of paintings, photographs, advertisements and television/newspaper material as a corpus for their individual project.

La France Moderne 2 - 20 credits

Semester 1 provides an introduction to some of the key moments which have marked French history since the 1789 Revolution. The study of these episodes of historical importance places an emphasis on an underlying, but constantly challenged, republican tradition underpinning contemporary France. In the second semester, the theme of French national identity is examined more closely in a European and international context. Lectures and seminars examine the ways in which this identity has been constructed and the ways in which it has been maintained. All teaching is in French.

Politics, Culture & Society in the 19th and 20th Centuries - 20 credits

This module will build on the student's knowledge of French history and politics gained in Year 1, through the examination of documents, visual images and literary texts from the revolutionary period to the mid-twentieth century.

Renaissance to Realism - 20 credits

This course will introduce students to some of the best known authors of French Literature. Drawing on texts from the Renaissance period through to the development of the Realism in the nineteenth century, this course will provide an insight into the major movements and personalities that have shaped French Literature through the ages. The opening of intellectual horizons in the Renaissance is represented by Montaigne, French Classical theatre by Moliere, the daring satire of the Enlightenment by Montesquieu, the Romantic Movement by Victor Hugo, and Realism by Flaubert and Balzac. The texts to be studied cover a wide range of themes and styles, and include drama, poetry and prose. The aim of the course will be to explore the evolution of French literature, and to discover how writers from different historical periods interacted with and reacted to the political and social circumstances of their time.

Text and Interpretation - 20 credits

This module will introduce students to a range of 17th century to 20th century French narrative texts (literary and visual), and will familiarise them with a range of interpersonal practices that may be applied to them. It will build on the students' knowledge of narrative techniques, through the examination of a number of individual works.

 

Disclaimer

Modules and courses are constantly updated and under review. As with most academic programmes, please remember that it is possible that a module may not be offered in any particular year, for instance because a member of staff is on study leave or too few students opt for it. The University of Birmingham reserves the right to vary or withdraw any course or module.