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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 Aberdeen 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.  

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

1 x formative written assignment - 500 words (20%)
1 x recorded presentation - 5 mins (20%)
1 x essay - 1500 words (60%)

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

Resit: Take-home written assessment: 2 x 1000 words

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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