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Unit information: France and Europe in 2020/21

Unit name France and Europe
Unit code FREN23013
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Raymond
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts


France and Europe is a unit aimed at providing students of French with an understanding of the impetus behind France's commitment to the creation of, firstly, a European Community, and then a Union. Initially, the unit situates that ambition in a long historical context which takes account of France's status as the first great, unified, modern nation-state in continental Europe. Then the unit focuses on the reality of France's position after World War II and the combination of idealism and pragmatism that led it to define a new beginning for Europe. The theme linking the exploration of France's relationship with Europe over the ensuing decades will be the ways it has attempted to reconcile an enduring sense of national destiny with the creation of a viable supranational body, reflected in numerous areas such as the partnership with Germany, the opposition to Anglo-American influences, French defence policy, and other key issues.


  • To introduce students to a significant body of knowledge of a complexity appropriate to second year level. The content matter will normally include one or more of the following: literature; social, cultural or political history; linguistics; cultural studies; film, television or other media.
  • To facilitate students engagement with a body of literature, including secondary literature, texts, including in non-print media, primary sources and ideas as a basis for their own analysis and development. Normally many or most of these sources will be in a language other than English and will enhance the development of their linguistic skills.
  • To develop further skills of synthesis, analysis and independent research, building on the skills acquired in units at level C.
  • Some options may prepare students for the experience of the Year Abroad.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a significant historical aspect of French and wider European studies;
  2. demonstrate skill in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  3. evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, in both French and English, at a high level;
  4. respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style, orally and in writing, and at a standard appropriate to level I.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous sessions and asynchronous activities, including seminars, lectures, and collaborative as well as self-directed learning opportunities supported by tutor consultation.

Assessment Details

1 x 1500-word commentary in French (30%), testing ILOs 1-4 and 1 x 2500-word essay (70%), testing ILOs 1-4.

Reading and References

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