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Undergraduate French 2020-2021

FR1021: INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF MODERN FRANCE 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

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.

FR1022: LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF MODERN FRANCE 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This course offers students with intermediate or good knowledge 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. 

FR1028: BEGINNERS FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This intensive language course is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of French.

FR1029: QUALIFIED FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This course is intended for students who have studied French to Higher or equivalent level. It will enable them to consolidate and extend their knowledge of French, written and spoken.

FR1526: LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF MODERN FRANCE IN CONTEXT

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course offers students with intermediate or good knowledge French language an advanced introduction to twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone culture and society, focusing on the occupation of France during World War II and the experience of colonialism and post-colonialism.

FR1527: INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF MODERN FRANCE IN CONTEXT

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course offers students who are registered for the beginners' course in French language an advanced introduction to twentieth and twenty-first century French and Francophone culture and society, focusing on the occupation of France during World War II and the experience of colonialism and post-colonialism. Written texts will be studied in translation or with vocabulary help and films will be studied with subtitles.

FR1528: BEGINNERS FRENCH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course builds on the work done in FR1023, providing students with an adequate command of French language to allow them the possibility of continuing their studies into level 2 and Honours. 

FR1529: QUALIFIED FRENCH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course is intended for students who have studied French to the equivalent of Scottish Higher or beyond. Building on the work done in the first semester, it seeks to enable students to consolidate and extend their knowledge of French, written and spoken.

FR2002: ADVANCED FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This second year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to students who have passed FR1524. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language courses required to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

FR2012: ADVANCED INTRODUCTORY FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This second year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to students who have passed FR1523. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language courses (along with FR2512) that has to have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

FR2013: FRENCH IDENTITIES: INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the individual and society in France from the 18th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of novels, a play and a film.

FR2014: INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH IDENTITIES: INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on
the theme of relationships between the individual and society in France
from the 18th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and
tutorials and will include the study of novels, a play and a film.

FR2502: ADVANCED FRENCH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This second year French language course which runs in the second half-session is only open to students who have followed FR2002. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language pre-requisite courses to be allowed into the French honours Programme (a minimum CAS mark of 12/20 at the first attempt will be required for FR2502).

FR2510: INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LINGUISTICS

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course will look at

-  the French sound system (with the spin-off of helping you to improve your pronunciation). 

-  word meaning and also speaker meaning (what a speaker means by, e.g., "were you born in a barn?")

-  how new words are formed

-  how sentences can be analysed

-  how French has developed from the Middle Ages up to the present

-  how French spread throughout the world (including French-based creoles)

-  how French varies according to the person using the language, and the purpose for which they are using it

FR2512: ADVANCED INTRODUCTORY FRENCH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This second year French language course which runs in the second half-session is only open to students who have followed FR2012. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language pre-requisite courses (along with FR2012) that one must have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

FR2513: FRENCH IDENTITIES: CENTRE AND PERIPHERY

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the centre and periphery in France and the Francophone world from the 17th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of a play, poetry, postcolonial theory and a film.

FR2514: INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH IDENTITIES: CENTRE AND PERIPHERY

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the centre and periphery in France and the Francophone world from the 17th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of a play, poetry, postcolonial theory and a film.

FR3058: LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 6

30 credits

Level 3

Full Year

This third year French language course which runs for the whole term is only open to Francophone Erasmus students during their residency at the University of Aberdeen.

FR3059: LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 12

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This third year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to Francophone Erasmus students during their one half term residency at the University of Aberdeen.

FR3084: THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FRANCE A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

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.

FR3089: JUNIOR HONOURS FRENCH LANGUAGE

15 credits

Level 3

Full Year

This Junior Honours French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512, runs over the full session and is only open to Single and Joint Junior Honours degree in French students. 

Building on the skills gained during their first two years of study of French, this course will improve the students' French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.

It carries 15 credits and is assessed by way of four equally weighted assignments. 

FR3090: NON HONOURS LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

30 credits

Level 3

Full Year

This Non-Honours Level 3 French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512 , runs over the full session and is open to students following a Designated Degree in French Studies, LLB (French or Belgian law), European Studies (with one language) or any Degree with French language as a minor .

This course will improve French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as sensitivity to linguistic variety.​

It carries 30 credits and is assessed by way of six equally weighted assignments.

FR3091: NON HONOURS LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 3

Full Year

This Non-Honours Level 3 French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512 , runs over the full session and is open to students following European Studies (with TWO languages), as well as any Degree with French language as a minor.

Building on the skills gained during the first two years of study, this course will improve French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.​

The course, which carries 15 credits, is assessed by way of four equally weighted assignments.

FR3093: FRENCH CINEMA A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

An introductory overview of the history of the French cinema will be followed by detailed study of a number of films. The introduction will look at the status of film in France and the position of the French cinema in relation to that of the rest of Europe and Hollywood. It will study the cinema's response to and reflection of the major historical events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The detailed study will be organised chronologically, from the 1930s up to the 2000s, but will concentrate on the aesthetic and formal aspects of the films to be studied. These will change from year to year, but might include films by, for example, Carné, Renoir, Truffaut, Resnais, Malle and Buñuel.

FR3096: JUNIOR HONOURS PROJECT 1

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course, open only to mode B Junior Honours students working in a French-speaking country, complements FR3089 and aims to develop receptive and productive skills in French.

 

FR3097: WORK EXPERIENCE: EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course, open to Mode B students, provides an opportunity for students to build on their French language ability and cultural understanding of French society through either a placement, personal development project or volunteering activity based within any French speaking country during the first half session. Students work towards a range of personal, educational or work-related outcomes over the course of their time abroad. All external engagement activities require the approval from the student’s academic School and must be verified by the external organisation.

FR3098: THE AFRICAN NOVEL IN FRENCH: COLONIALISM TO INDEPENDENCE

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course will introduce students to the literature of Francophone Africa from the colonial period, the struggle for independence from the former colonial power and the aftermath of independence. The main themes will be: literature as historical document; the colonial experience; education and identity; alienation; irony and gender issues.

FR353E: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CULTURE

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

Disability studies and medical humanities are relatively new fields of interdisciplinary research in the humanities. Central to this course, which explores representations of illness and disability in a selection of modern French texts and films, is the question of how to define the key terms ‘illness’ and ‘disability’. Exploring work by writers and filmmakers gives us insights into the ways they think about bodies and the conditions of illness and/or disability in their particular social and cultural context.

FR3585: THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY NOVEL IN FRENCH A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The French novel has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, and the aim of this course is to study a representative selection of novels published in French since 2000 by some of the best, and best-known, contemporary writers. Students will study the main themes and stylistic innovations of these novels and place them within the broader context of the tradition of the twentieth and twenty-first century novel in French. The selected works may change from year to year but might consider texts by authors such as Camille Laurens, Michel Houellebecq, Alain Mabanckou, Léonora Miano and Nina Bouraoui.

FR3586: MODERNITY AND CHANGE IN POSTWAR FRANCE A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

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.

FR3596: JUNIOR HONOURS PROJECT 1

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course, open only to mode B Junior Honours students working in a French-speaking country, complements FR3089 and aims to develop receptive and productive skills in French.

 

FR3597: WORK EXPERIENCE: EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course, open to Mode B students, provides an opportunity for students to build on their French language ability and cultural understanding of French society through either a placement, personal development project or volunteering activity based within any French speaking country during the first half session. Students work towards a range of personal, educational or work-related outcomes over the course of their time abroad. All external engagement activities require the approval from the student’s academic School and must be verified by the external organisation.

FR4084: THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FRANCE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

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.

FR4089: SENIOR HONOURS FRENCH LANGUAGE

30 credits

Level 4

Full Year

This Senior Honours French language course, whose pre-requisite is the Junior Honours French Language course, is run over the full session and is only open to Single and Joint Senior Honours degree in French students.

Building on the skills gained in their third year of study of French, this course will help the students' French language gain very high skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.

FR4090: NON HONOURS LEVEL 4 FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This Non-Honours Level 4 French language course, whose pre-requsite is the Non-Honours Level 3 French language course, is run over the full session and is only open to students who are following LLB (French or Belgian law), any Degree with French language as a minor subject, or any other Degree with the addition of French to its prescribed courses.

Building on the skills gained in their third year of study of French, this course will help the students gain higher skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their lexical knowledge sensitivity to linguistic variety.

 

FR4093: FRENCH CINEMA B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

An introductory overview of the history of the French cinema will be followed by detailed study of a number of films. The introduction will look at the status of film in France and the position of the French cinema in relation to that of the rest of Europe and Hollywood. It will study the cinema's response to and reflection of the major historical events of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The detailed study will be organised chronologically, from the 1930s up to the 2000s, but will concentrate on the aesthetic and formal aspects of the films to be studied. These will change from year to year, but might include films by, for example, Carné, Renoir, Truffaut, Resnais, Malle and Buñuel.

FR4097: DISSERTATION IN FRENCH

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Candidates will write a dissertation of 8,000 words on a subject to be decided in consultation with the Course Co-ordinator, to be researched and written (under supervision by a member of staff) in the second half session of Junior Honours, and submitted at the beginning of Senior Honours.

FR4098: THE AFRICAN NOVEL IN FRENCH: COLONIALISM TO INDEPENDENCE

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course will introduce students to the literature of Francophone Africa from the colonial period, the struggle for independence from the former colonial power and the aftermath of independence.  The main themes will be: literature as historical document; the colonial experience; education and identity; alienation; irony and gender issues. 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.

FR453E: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY IN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CULTURE

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Disability studies and medical humanities are relatively new fields of interdisciplinary research in the humanities. Central to this course, which explores representations of illness and disability in a selection of modern French texts and films, is the question of how to define the key terms ‘illness’ and ‘disability’. Exploring work by writers and filmmakers gives us insights into the ways they think about bodies and the conditions of illness and/or disability in their particular social and cultural context.

FR4585: THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY NOVEL IN FRENCH B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The French novel has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, and the aim of this course is to study a representative selection of novels published in French since 2000 by some of the best, and best-known, contemporary writers. Students will study the main themes and stylistic innovations of these novels, and place them within the broader context of the tradition of the twentieth and twenty-first century novel in French. The selected works may change from year to year but might consider texts by authors such as Camille Laurens, Michel Houellebecq, Alain Mabanckou, Léonora Miano and Nina Bouraoui.

FR4586: MODERNITY AND CHANGE IN POSTWAR FRANCE B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

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.

FR4592: FRENCH LANGUAGE SPECIALISED PURPOSES

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course is only open to students who are Senior Honours students in French Studies (Single/Joint). It requires a good level of written and oral French as all the assessments will be produced in French. 

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