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

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

  • Either French (FR) or Literature In A World Context (LW)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What other courses must be taken with this course?


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, and sexual orientation. 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.

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

1x 10-min recorded group (pairs) presentation (30%) with submission of slides /commentary with explanation of 'input' by each presenter.
1x End-of-term essay (70%): 3000 words

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Resit: Take-home written assessment [2,500 words] (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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