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Course Overview

France underwent a rapid series of changes during the post-war period as it lived through the twin dramas of modernisation and decolonisation. This course explores how cultural production during the period responds to, captures and portrays the changes affecting the country, including emergence of new technologies, the rise of mass consumerism, urban development, and the challenge to traditional social structures. A range of material will be studied, including films, literature, and photography and philosophical writing.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Edward Welch

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Either French (FR) or Literature In A World Context (LW)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FR3086 Modernity and Change in Postwar France A (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: students will acquire a knowledge and understanding of the changes affecting post-war France; how they have been portrayed in literary and visual culture of the period; the relationship between historical change and cultural production; and the techniques needed to analyse different forms of literary and visual material. Works selected for study may change from year to year, but are likely to include films by directors such as Jacques Tati and Jean-Luc Godard; texts by authors such as Annie Ernaux and Francois Maspero; and photography of the immediate post-war era. In addition, students will extend their understanding of the subject by means of independent research, setting the topics treated in their wider context and synthesizing material from a range of sources. The course also has the following generic learning outcomes: students will apply critical reading skills to various forms of literary and non-literary French; select, evaluate and organize primary and secondary material; articulate their views in speech and writing using the appropriate discourse for the subject; acquire habits of autonomous learning.

Further Information & Notes

The course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR 3086 (Modernity and Change in Post-War France A). It will be available in 2014/15 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: In-course assessment: one written assignment ca 2500 words (100%). Resit: For honours students only: candidates achieving a CAS mark of 6-8 may be awarded compensatory level 1 credit. Candidates achieving a CAS mark of less than 6 will be required to submit a new essay.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


The assignment receives a CAS mark which the Course Guide 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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