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Course Overview

This course will involve critical study of a number of significant demographic, cultural and social changes in contemporary France, focusing on the ways in which the French political system has been called upon to respond to phenomena such as mass migration, regionalism, feminism and changing perceptions of the family from the 1970s onwards.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nadia Kiwan

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • French (FR) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FR4084 The Politics of Difference in Contemporary France B (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the political and philosophical challenges of reconciling equality and the recognition of cultural difference within French political culture. The initial part of the course deals with the theoretical and philosophical debates about the challenge posed by cultural difference in France, placing them in their historical context. The rest of the course will focus more heavily on specific case studies and challenges that have arisen over the last thirty years. Difference will be conceptualised in its broadest sense, and will include issues relating to migration, regionalism, gender, sexual orientation and the family.

Further Information & Notes

It will be available in 2016/17 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One 3000-word written assignment (100%)

Resit: One 2-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


The assignment receives a CGS mark which the Departmental Handbook links to specific marking criteria, and written or verbal feedback in the form of tutors' comments is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is offered in tutorials. Tutors have office hours at which further feedback may be sought.

Course Learning Outcomes


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