The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
The French Language
You’ll develop your understanding of the French language including grammar, written expression, aural and oral skills. 3 hours per week will be spent in lectures, workshops, and oral classes with a native speaker studying for this module.
You’ll consider different approaches to reading written and visual texts in French, and different genres of French and Francophone literature. You’ll spend around 2 hours a week in lectures and workshops studying this module.
France: histoire et mythologies
An introduction to French history since the late Middle Ages, you’ll study a series of historical figures, their lives and times, considering how their 'stories' are written and woven into the fabric of 'le roman de la nation'. The module focuses in particular on visual culture and representation. You’ll spend around 2 hours a week in lectures and workshops for this module.
Language and its Uses
You’ll be introduced to the basics of linguistics and applied linguistics, exploring the aspects necessary for an in-depth understanding of the French language including phonetics, vocabulary, register and syntax. Aiming to develop your ability to analyse and use the French language, as well as increase your awareness of linguistic variation, the teaching will be delivered in a 2 hour lecture once per week.
Contemporary France: Economy and Society
You’ll learn about the French economy, social class, gender and women's rights, spending around 2 hours per week in lectures and workshops.
Contemporary France: Politics and Society
Particular themes studied on this module will include: the political history of post-war France, political parties in France, decolonization, loss of empire, immigration and beur culture. You’ll spend around 2 hours in lectures and workshops each week for this module.
The French Language
Building upon the language module studied in Year 1, you’ll further improve your skills in reading, listening, speaking, creative writing and translation. You’ll spend 2 hours per week in workshops and in oral classes with a native speaker for this module.
Francophone Africa: Exploring Contemporary Issues through Culture
Through literature, film and popular culture, you’ll explore a range of political and social issues relevant to contemporary sub-Saharan Francophone Africa. Spending around 2 hours a week in lectures and seminars, you’ll be given an overview of the history of the French language in Africa and introduced to the range of varieties of French spoken there today.
Introduction to Modern French Poetry
You’ll be introduced to three major figures in modern French poetry (Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Apollinaire) and to the major formal developments in poetry in the period 1850-1914. Learning how to analyse, interpret and write commentaries on poetry, you’ll spend around 2 hours per week studying in lectures and seminars.
Difference and equality in post-war French thought
This module explores two key texts by prominent French and Francophone thinkers: Roland Barthes's 'Mythologies' and Frantz Fanon's 'Les Damnés de la terre'. It considers the equality and inequality of class, gender and race through close readings of the texts within the wider context of twentieth-century French and Francophone history and culture as well as in relation to major philosophical and theoretical ideas and traditions. You’ll have a one hour lecture as well as a one hour workshop per week to study this module.
The Golden Age of French Cinema
Studying a range of French films from the early days of cinema up to the post-war period, you’ll examine the development of French cinema and the evolution of film-making techniques. Films studied will include the work of Méliès, Buñuel, Vigo, Carné and Renoir. You’ll spend around 3 hours per week in lectures and seminars for this module.
Approaches to post-1990 fiction
You’ll be introduced to the study of recent literature, considering themes such as immigration, the position of women, reality television and responses to terrorism. You’ll spend around 2 hours per week in lectures and seminars.
Sociolinguistics: an Introduction
In this introduction to sociolinguistics, you’ll consider the social contexts of language use, paying particular attention to intercultural communication, politeness, linguistic determinism, language choice, speech act theory, and approaches to the study of speech. You’ll be required to do weekly readings and to engage in discussions during a 2 hour lecture held once a week.
Sixteenth-century French Literature: An Introduction
This module provides a general introduction to sixteenth-century writing. Topics to be studied include: humanism and the heritage of the classical world; the rise of the novel; morality and first-person writing; writing and gender; censorship and religious conflict; the representation of non-European cultures. You will spend 2 hours a week in lectures and seminars for this module.
20th-Century Women’s life-writing
This module aims to develop your ability to interpret literary texts by studying works by Marguerite Duras, Annie Ernaux and Marie Cardinal, as well as theoretical works focusing on questions of gender and sexuality. You’ll spend around 2 hours a week in lectures and seminars if you study this module.
Women and the French State
Examining the changing role of women in France, you’ll focus on issues of family, motherhood and work, whilst also considering the role played by women in French politics, as voters and as politicians. Around 2 hours per week will be spent in lectures and seminars if you study this module.
Seventeenth-century Literature and Society
You’ll consider the relationship between literature and society through the study of the poetry of Malherbe and Théophile de Viau, "Dom Juan" by Moliere, and the "Fables" of La Fontaine. You’ll spend around 2 hours in lectures and seminars studying this module.
French Cinema – The New Wave
Introducing you to teaching in film analysis, you’ll consider a particular period of French cinema through a detailed study of the New Wave. You’ll spend between 2-3 hours a week in lectures and seminars for this module.
Post-War French Theatre
Examining the experimental theatre which flourished in France in the 1950s and 1960s, you’ll consider authors such as Genet, Beckett and Ionesco. Focusing on dramatic technique, theory, and performance, you’ll spend around 2 hours per week studying in lectures and seminars.
Caribbean Francophone Writing
In this introduction to literature in French from the Caribbean, you’ll study texts by authors from Martinique and Guadeloupe, and will combine discussion of the contexts with critical analyses of the texts themselves. You’ll spend around 2 hours per week in lectures and seminars if you study this module.
Huit tableaux. Art and Politics in Nineteenth-Century France (1799-1871)
You’ll examine the course of French history from the Consulate (1799) to the Paris Commune (1871). Using works of art as a platform, you’ll explore political choices and change, tracing how a succession of regimes struggled and failed in the aftermath of the Revolution, as well as tackling issues of national identity, religion and political culture. Among the pieces considered are David's Sacre de Napoléon, Delacroix's La Liberté guidant le peuple, and Meissonier's Le Siège de Paris. 2 hours will be spent in lectures and seminars each week studying this module.
Linguistic Variation in France
You’ll explore the different kinds of linguistic variation in France including those across time periods, geographical variation, social groups, class, and disparity between oral and written forms. You’ll also be introduced to the history of the French language and its recent developments, spending around 2 hours per week in lectures and seminars.
The French Language
Building on the skills gained in Years 1 and 2, you’ll further develop your oral and written skills, translation into and out of French, creative writing in different registers, linguistic commentary and production of summaries, as well as perfecting your French grammar and vocabulary. In the course of this year-long module, you’ll spend 2 hours per week in language workshops and in oral classes with a native speaker.
Citizenship, Ethnicity and National Identity in Post-War France
You’ll examine the range of social, political and philosophical questions raised by mass immigration to France in the post-war period. These questions will be tackled through historical analysis of patterns of migration and changing immigration policies, as well as through the study of relevant films, novels and theoretical texts. You’ll spend 2 hours each week in lectures and seminars studying this module.
Individual and Society
You’ll explore the ways in which French social theory and fiction have thought through the changing nature of the individual and the self in society. You’ll spend 2 hours in lectures and workshops each week studying this module.
Contemporary Representations of Travel
From tourism to exploration, from exile to migration, from pilgrimage to business travel, we will question the tacit ideologies found in contemporary travel discourses. The importance of this field has been steadily growing in between disciplines that range from literary studies to ethnography. The module will use these cross-cultural influences to create an arena in which to develop connections between key disciplines and different forms of arts (literature, ethnography, films photography). You will spend 2 hours a week in seminars for this module.
Theories and Practices of Translation
You’ll examine the history of translation and different translation models across a range of genres, including novel, drama, audiovisual media and poetry. For each theory, you’ll examine a number of case studies, either French texts translated into English or English texts into French. Spending around 1.5 hours per week in lectures, you’ll be encouraged to develop a critical and reflective approach to translation practice.
Peuple and Propaganda
Studying various forms of artistic works taken from key moments in the French Revolutionary decade (1789 – 1799), you’ll consider the reflection of contemporary events in such works. Around 2 hours per week will be spent in lectures and seminars studying this module.
The Everyday in Modern French Fiction
The module looks at the various ways in which the novel has evolved and adapted to “the contemporary” by responding to the “everyday”. Giving an overview of the various approaches to the everyday in the contemporary novel from the 60s to the present, this module will explore how key authors negotiate, through their writing, the everyday’s indeterminacy and the unstable space it occupies between the social and the individual. You will spend 2 hours a week in lectures and seminars on this module.
Language and Social Interaction
This module undertakes a detailed study of spoken language as a fundamental resource for human action and social organisation. Examination of both ordinary conversation and institutional discourse will enable you to explore the ways in which actions are performed, identities constructed and context achieved through talk. You’ll have a 2 hour lecture each week for this module.
Francophone Writing in Canada
This module studies a selection of texts which have played a significant part in establishing a tradition of Canadian writing in French. The module includes texts by both Québécois and non-Québécois writers. The texts are studied in the context of the specific cultures to which they belong and of the reception they found. You will spend 2 hours a week in lectures and seminars for this module.
You’ll undertake an in-depth study into a chosen subject within French and Francophone Studies, and will produce a 7,500 word dissertation. Teaching takes place in the form of regular individual meetings with the allocated supervisor, and group meetings with the module convenor, centred more generally on research and writing skills.