France 1945-date

Module code: R9012
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module, which is taught and assessed in French, provides insights into significant historical and cultural developments in the second part of the 20th century in France, possibly with some reference also to the first decade of the 21st century.

The precise socio-political themes, artistic movements or cultural artefacts selected for study may vary from year to year, according to the faculty delivering the tuition.

However, these will typically include aspects of social, political and cultural change in the period, and the roles of selected leading public figures such as Presidents De Gaulle and Mitterrand.

Aspects of cultural life will include literature (e.g. works by Vian, Barthes, Sagan), and developments in the cinema and/or theatre and/or the graphic novel or "bande dessinée".

The objective is to convey a flavour of the period and to plant seeds of interest for possible self-directed study in later stages of the course, notably in the Year Abroad or final year dissertations.

Module learning outcomes

  • The successful student will demonstrate knowledge of some of the historical events and cultural trends that characterise French society in the latter part of the 20th century.
  • S/he will demonstrate a critical understanding of some of the intellectual ideas and and/or aesthetic themes that gained currency in the period.
  • S/he will demonstrate the capacity to analyse and synthesise data from a range of sources and to evaluate them critically in the context of discursive essays.
  • S/he will demonstrate the ability to write cogently and succinctly in the target language at an appropriate level of accuracy and sophistication.