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All of the following modules are for BA students only except when specified otherwise 

First Year - Autumn Semester

(BA and B.Ed. students, advanced only)

One weekly lecture will aim at providing first-year students with an overview of the main historical events and figures which have contributed to the shaping of France as a nation throughout the centuries. A second weekly lecture will focus on France’s current social and political organisation. The acquisition of formal grammatical skills will be the focus of a third weekly lecture which will be complemented by a weekly small-group tutorial dedicated to grammar and translation exercises.

FR4731 FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS I (beginners only)

One weekly lecture will provide first-year ab initio students with an overview of the main historical events and figures which have contributed to the shaping of France as a nation throughout the centuries. A second weekly lecture will focus on France’s current social and political organisation. The acquisition of the basics of French grammar and vocabulary will be the focus of three weekly tutorials.

First Year - Spring Semester


This module is comprised of a cultural and a language component. The team-taught, cultural component is divided into two strands: Introduction to the History of Art and Literature and Children’s Literature. A weekly hour-long lecture will be dedicated to each strand, which, together, will introduce students to essential cultural reference points from the past, a selection of famous children’s literature as well as broad overview of the evolution of French art and literature from the Renaissance to the present. The language component will combine one lecture hour per week with written language and laboratory classes which will alternate weekly. The focus in the language lecture will be on French grammar and essay writing skills in French and English, while in tutorialsstudents will hone their skills of comprehension, composition, and translation through group work on short texts drawn from a variety of media that relate to French culture.

FR4742 FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS II (beginners only)

This module is comprised of a cultural and a language component. The team-taught, cultural component will introduce students to the history of French art and literature. The language component will combine two weekly written language tutorials and two weekly laboratory classes to strengthen and further develop the students’ knowledge of French grammar and idiom through intensive translation, comprehension and pronunciation exercises.

Second Year - Autumn Semester

FR4734 FRENCH EXPRESSION I (advanced only)

Translation from and into French and development of practical language skills. Discussion of a range of subjects relevant to social and cultural trends in contemporary France as exemplified in appropriate articles taken from French magazines and newspapers; general conversation.

FR4743 THE FRENCH & LOVE (advanced + beginners)

Cultural approaches to love differ significantly from one country to another. France is often described as the country of love and seduction par excellence. This second-year module offers to explore the origins and evolution of this stereotypical perception of the French lover through the study of a number of literary texts representative of different historical periods. The key role of art in general and literature in particular in the formation and/or transmission of social codes will be studied along with the complex mechanisms involved in the constitution of cultural stereotypes.

FR4744 FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS III (beginners only)

A continuation of our special programme for ab-initio students in order to prepare them for their year abroad in third year and for joining the advanced cohort in final year. Beginners attend two weekly lectures with the second-year advanced cohort.

Second Year - Spring Semester

FR4753 WRITING THE MODERN SELF (advanced + beginners)

This course studies the tortuous relationships between fact and fiction as famous French writers focus on their own lives. We will study how identities are constructed through gender, class and race, and will discuss identity formation (and its breakdown) through certain literary and philosophical theories (existentialism, modernism, Marxism, postmodernism). After considering passages from Rousseau’s model autobiography, Les Confessions, we turn our attention to twentieth-century authors such as André Gide, Nathalie Sarraute, Jean-Paul Sartre, Marguerite Duras, and Patrick Modiano.

FR4773 FRENCH FOR BEGINNERS IV (beginners only)

The module comprises a textual and a language component. With reference to a variety of literature and film, students will examine shifts in the conception of French and Francophone identities since WWII. As a consequence of the social upheavals following decolonisation, new tensions have emerged around the notion of the Republican citizen, and these tensions have been creative of counter discourses that suggest the interplay of multiple strands in the formation of contemporary French identities. Students will explore how categories such as class, gender, language and, in particular, ethnicity become formative in the construction of alternative narratives of social life in France. Building on work done in the first year, the language component aims to consolidate students’ linguistic skills in the areas of spoken, written and aural French, with particular emphasis on French composition techniques. Beginners attend two weekly lectures with the advanced cohort.


This module combines literary, political, social and cultural history approaches in order to explore the nature of the French experience of Occupation during the Second World War and to examine the ways in which such experience has been commemorated in the years since Liberation in 1944. The lectures will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the historical events leading up to and including the Occupation and thus explore the various trials and traumas of wartime France. This will be complimented in seminars though close reading, discussion and translation of excerpts from key journalistic and other non-fictional/fictional texts dating from the period in question. Selected literary and cinematic retrospective representations of these ‘dark years’ will also be studied with a view to introducing students to ongoing debates concerning the historiography of wartime France. Students will acquire background knowledge of the history of the Second World War in France. They will analyse a range of cinematic and literary responses to the Occupation in order to understand the different, often conflictual, ways in which the Occupation has been remembered in France. This module is also comprised of three weekly language tutorials.

Third Year

FR4310 and FR4320 Off Campus Programme

B.A. students follow the Off Campus Programme for both semesters of the third year. This is comprised of international study placement and / or relevant work placement. French students, who wish to study abroad, are advised by department staff on the availability of appropriate courses. Guidance is also provided for those who wish to use the opportunity to begin research work for final-year dissertations in French.

Final Year - Autumn Semester


Lectures will focus attention on the involvement of intellectuals in the French political sphere. We will discuss the importance of the figure of the public intellectual in France, and the manner in which prominent members of the intelligentsia became involved in crises of decolonization that transformed the country’s social and political landscape. Thus, students will be encouraged to interrogate the role played by the intellectual elite in the reconstruction - both figurative and literal - of the Republic in the years immediately following the Second World War, and, more specifically, throughout the process of decolonization. Seminars will focus on the analysis and translation of texts written by intellectuals during the period of decolonisation. This will consolidate students' linguistic and translation skills while also drawing attention to the concept of discourse analysis and power and manipulation of language. This module is also comprised of three weekly language tutorals.


The 18th and 19th centuries in France were a period of rapid modernisation, aggravated social tensions, and literary and artistic innovation. This module sets out to explore the two defining pillars of the Enlightenment – reason and sensibility – as expressed through the literature of the age. The course will focus on a selection of works by leading thinkers and writers, each of whom brings a different vision of life to bear in his works, in an attempt to make sense of the human condition and of a turbulent social context within which the individual is goaded into thought, reaction and the assumption of moral responsibility.

Final Year - Spring Semester


An advanced course in French grammar and translation; investigation of language registers; analysis of literary style. Discussion of a range of subjects relevant to social, political and cultural trends in contemporary French society; reading of short unseen passages in French; general conversation based on extracts taken from a selection of French newspapers and magazines.


This module aims to introduce students to the history of French theatre and will give students an opportunity to perform a whole play and/or passages of famous plays. Live performance will enable students to develop their communication and pronunciation skills while, at the same time, enabling them to acquire more vocabulary and improving their translation skills. 


An opportunity for personal work / study, with limited supervision, on an approved topic of special interest to the student; an opportunity to develop research and presentation skills.


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