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Course Overview

This course will examine "postcolonial" cultural production in modern and contemporary Paris with a focus on music and film.  Students will consider a series of case-studies of post-migrant artists and artistic genres in order to look at how the city space is used and represented. 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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nadia Kiwan

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either FR2502 Advanced French Language 2 (Passed) or FR2512 Advanced Introductory French Language 2 (Passed)
  • French (FR) (Studied)
  • Either FR2002 Advanced French Language 1 (Passed) or FR2012 Advanced Introductory French Language 1 (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FR4036 French Emblem Literature B (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will examine modern and contemporary Paris as a site of transnational cultural production by exploring literature, film, music and the visual arts. Students will study the city in terms of a hub for postcolonial and diasporic artists yet they will also look at how Paris is and has been part of a much broader transnational network of cities and locales.  After an introduction to postcolonial theory, transnational urban studies and a brief cultural history of modern and contemporary Paris, the course will move on to consider how transnational Paris is represented in literature, film and music. In addition, this course will introduce students to the ways in which cultural institutions such as the Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration and the Musée du Quai Branly form a broader context to understanding the transnational nature of Parisian cultural life. Students will extend their understanding of the subject by means of independent research, setting the topics studied in their wider context and synthesizing material from a range of sources.

Notes: Available only to students in Programme Year 4 with a reading knowledge of French. This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with Paris Transnational City of Culture A. It will be available in 2017/18 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

Assessment: 1st Attempt: One 3,500 word essay (100%)

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

All assignments have a formative as well as a summative role.


The above assignments receive CGS marks, 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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