FR1IFC-Introduction to French Culture

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Prof Catherine Léglu


Type of module:

Summary module description:
The aim of this module is to introduce students to French culture through the study and analysis of key literary and visual art forms.

Students will be introduced to a range of different literary and visual art forms, from different periods of French cultural history.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•Analyse literary texts and visual materials orally and in writing
•engage critically with the ideas presented in lectures, seminars, or secondary materials
•contextualise specific literary and artistic forms
•organise and articulate a coherent written argument, both in coursework essays and under timed examination conditions

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of: oral communication skills and pair/group presentation skills. Students will also be expected to use specified internet sites as part of their background learning.

Outline content:

- Introduction to French literature through the study of key texts.
-Introduction to the notion of genre through close textual analysis

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will incorporate :
•A total of twenty lectures
•A total of 18 seminars leading to different forms of interaction between students and between the student group and seminar supervisors, plus two revision sessions.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Tutorials 9 9
Guided independent study 61 61 40
Total hours by term 80.00 80.00 40.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 40

Summative assessment- Examinations:
Students will take a 1 x 2-hour examination at the end of the module. The examination will require TWO questions to be answered.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
One 1500-2000 assignment will be required.

Formative assessment methods:
One oral presentation and one short essay or commentary based on work done in seminars.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in Part 1 as a whole. Coursework bearing a confirmed mark of 40% or more can be carried forward; all other coursework to be resubmitted by 12 NOON on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed, by 12 NOON on the first working day thereafter.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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