Political Change: Contemporary France (L2157)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Political change, and how best to implement it, underpins French political history, and presents an ongoing challenge for successive presidents and governments in contemporary France. Paradoxically, while elections are typically won on a mandate for change, attempts to implement electoral promises are then frequently met with powerful resistance from the electorate and from groups representing vested interests. This creates a pattern wherein continuously alternating governments are unable to implement the fundamental reforms that are widely considered to be necessary, leading to a perennial problem of ‘immobilism’. This module explores the reasons for this situation, and seeks to identify why, and in what ways, some areas are more resistant to change than others.

Teaching

33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar

Assessment

30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 30 hours of contact time and 270 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.