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Unit information: France 1940-44: Occupation and Resistance in 2019/20

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Unit name France 1940-44: Occupation and Resistance
Unit code FREN20037
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


The unit will examine the nature of the co-existence of the people of France with their occupiers during World War II, the way it was justified and the channels through which it operated, at grassroots and government level. The emergence of a resistance to the occupation will be analysed in terms of the actors within and outside France, and as a social as well as a paramilitary force.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to :

  1. demonstrate knowledge about a significant cultural, historical or linguistic subject related to the language they are studying;
  2. demonstrate skill in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  3. evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in a foreign language, at a high level;
  4. respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an high level of complexity as appropriate to level I;
  5. transfer these skills to other working environments, including study at a foreign university and on work placements during the year abroad.

Teaching details

Normally one lecture hour and one seminar hour per week across one teaching block (20 contact hours), often with student presentations. In units with a smaller number of students the lecture hour may be replaced by a second seminar or a workshop. Units involving film may require students to view films outside the timetabled contact hours.

Assessment Details

2 x 2,000 word essays (50% each) - the second based on the student's own title. Both assessments test ILOs 1-5.

Reading and References

Please refer to Black board Site