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FR4080: CONTEMPORARY FRENCH THOUGHT B (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:56


Course Overview

The course will examine the development of French thought since the 1950s through the study of the writings of a number of important intellectual figures. In particular, we will look at the ways in which each of the writers questions and redefines a particular field of knowledge (such as linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, history or psychoanalysis). 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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Nadia Kiwan

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

  • French (FR) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course will examine the development of French thought since the 1950s through the study of the writings of a number of important intellectual figures. In particular, we will look at the ways in which each of the writers questions and redefines a particular field of knowledge (such as linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, history or psychoanalysis). 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.

Jean-Paul Sartre, ‘L’Existentialisme est un humanisme’

Jean-Paul Sartre, Huis Clos

Simone de Beauvoir, ‘Le mythe de la femme’ section from Le Deuxième sexe

Michel Foucault, Histoire de la sexualité I

Pierre Bourdieu, La Distinction (1979)

Pierre Bourdieu, L’Amour de l’art and Les Règles de l’art


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 9 - 20

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

First Attempt

1 x end-of-term essay (3,000 words) (70%)
1 x oral presentation (recorded) (30%)

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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