Politics of Governance: France (L2049)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Democracy in France has a troubled history, which continues to impact on contemporary politics in significant ways that have contributed to the representation of France as being in many ways ‘exceptional’.

This idea of the French Exception will serve as a context for this module, which aims to give you a basic understanding of the institutions, policies and issues that dominate political life in France today. The module uses current affairs in France as its starting point in order to encourage engagement, and will use this to build up a grasp of the institutional framework in which political power operates.

You'll analyse important themes, including:

  • institutional and constitutional change
  • party dynamics
  • policy reforms.


50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.