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Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Shona Potts

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

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is intended for beginners wishing to proceed with French studies beyond Level 1. Twentieth century French culture and society will be  explored through the study of a selection of films, short prose texts, poetry and socio-political documents, organised around the broad themes of ‘Resistance and Collaboration in World War II’ and ‘Colonialism and its Aftermath’. You will learn in more detail about the themes and styles of modern French literature and culture and will gain more advanced understanding of how to relate texts to their socio-historical context. Teaching will take place in lectures and tutorials where you will be able 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

1x written assessment 20%

1x recorded presentation 20%

1x 1500 word essay 60%


Resit (for students who took the course in academic year 2019/20 and C8 students):

2x 1000 word essay

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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