Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

French Culture 2 FRENCH2010

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will introduce students to a selection of topics related to the cultural production and cultural identities of the French-speaking world. It will explore a range of textual and cultural materials in French, across a number of periods and genres, supported by school-wide lectures on cross-cutting themes and concepts.

Timetable

8 x 1 hour Core culture lectures on Monday at 11am in weeks 2,4,7,9 of both semesters.

20 x 1 hour Subject lectures on Tuesday at 12noon in weeks 1-5 and 7-11 of both semesters.

8 x 1 hour Seminars at various times in weeks 3,5,8,10 of both semesters.

Requirements of Entry

EITHER French Language 1 (Non-beginners) (FRENCH1006) at grade D3 or above AND French Culture 1 (Non-beginners) (FRENCH1004) at grade D3 or above OR French Language 1 (Beginners) (FRENCH1005) at grade C3 or above.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

SMLC Level 2 Core Culture Course (GENERAL 2005)

Assessment

Essay (1,800 words) - 50%

Exam (2 hours) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ study selected topics and periods in relation to the cultural identities of the French-speaking world;

■ explore these materials within a conceptual and theoretical framework provided in a series of core lectures delivered across language areas, covering questions such as nation and identity, gender, space and location;

■ analyse texts in terms of their ideas, their formal features and their broader significance within the cultures of the French-speaking world;

■ think about texts and topics through an appropriate framework of critical and interpretative materials and approaches.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ discuss key themes with detailed reference to the materials studied

■ discuss the main concepts covered in the core lectures and apply these concepts to the texts studied;

■ identify and analyse key formal features of texts and demonstrate an understanding of their broader significance within the cultures of the French-speaking world;

■ understand the major critical approaches introduced in the course and use these appropriately in discussing course texts.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75 per cent by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.