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Course Overview

This course offers students who are registered for the Beginners' course in French language an introduction to twentieth and twenty-first century French culture and society through the study of films, short prose texts and poetry. The course is organised around the broad themes of childhood and adolescence, gender, sexuality and love and marginalisation in contemporary France. The texts will be studied in translation or with subtitles.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Shona Potts

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is open to all students with an interest in French literature and culture who are registered for the Beginners' course in French language or have a very basic knowledge of French. Students who take the course may intend to continue with studies in French beyond level 1 but this is not essential. You will learn about a number of the themes and styles of modern French literature and culture and will be able to relate texts to their socio-historical context as well as developing your essay writing skills. The course is designed to suit students who have some experience of studying literature, culture and film and those with no prior knowledge. Teaching will take place in English and written texts will be studied in translation. The texts and their contexts will be introduced in lectures. Tutorials will help you to develop your analytical skills and exchange your ideas in a small group.  

Further Information & Notes

This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR1022 or FR1024/FR1025. Students who wish to continue with French in level 2 must take and pass either this course or the second semester 'follow-on' course, FR1527. It is strongly recommended that students intending to progress to level 2 French and Honours register for BOTH FR1021 and FR1527.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (100%). A satisfactory level of performance in coursework will exempt candidates from the examination.

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

Formative Assessment

1 short written assessment in week 3; two further written assessments in weeks 8 and 11; one oral tutorial presentation.


The above assessments are given CAS marks, and written or verbal feedback is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is also given in tutorials.

Course Learning Outcomes


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