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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIF211
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: URVOY E Mr (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
One written assignment of 1500 words
Two hours unseen examination, end of semester

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

This is a level 2 module for French.
It is taught, in the target language, over the Autumn semester, two contact hours per week.
Attendance is compulsory.


Successful completion of HE1 modules or equivalent

Module Aims

The module will provide students with:

  • Knowledge and understanding of France’s major political institutions, the context in which they were created and their evolution in Contemporary France.
  • Improved awareness of the importance of Politics in Modern French society
  • Vocabulary and concepts necessary to read, write and debate political themes in French
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

  • Follow and take notes from lectures delivered in French
  • Understand the development of French Political system over the 20th century
  • Read with understanding authentic source materials on a variety of topics related to contemporary French.
  • Write extensively in French on these topics.
  • Participate in debates on a range of social political and cultural issues relating to contemporary France.
Module Content
  • Brief historical background.
  • The 5th Republic
  • The political parties.
  • Impact of politics on society.
  • Social issues in France.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Two contact hours per teaching week in Semester 1. The module is delivered entirely in French, and students will be expected to participate in seminars. Students are expected to read extensively outside classes.

Selected Texts/Journals

Chagnollaud, D. (ed) (1993) La Vie politique en France. Eds du Seuil.
Laudet, C. and Cox, R. (1995) La Vie politique en France aujourd'hui. Manchester University Press.
Morris, P. (1994) French Politics Today. Manchester University Press.
Tricot, B. (1995) Les Institutions politiques françaises. Dalloz.
Mény, Y. (1999) Le système politique français, Clefs politique
De Gutten, B (1998) Les institutions de la France, Nathan
Platone, F.(2004) Les partis politiques en France, Les essentiels Milan
Bourgeois, R. (2004) La France des institutions, PUG

Last Updated

JULY 2009