FR2FWW-The First World War: Then and Now

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: In order to take this module, you must have taken either FR1L3 or FR1L2 or their equivalents.
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Marjorie Gehrhardt


Summary module description:
This module aims to give students a clear understanding both of the French experience of the First World War and of the wider impact of the war on twentieth-century France.

This cultural history module introduces students to the diverse war experiences of the French people and to the social, political and cultural responses the conflict produced. Through the study and analysis of sources ranging from songs to newspapers, novels, speeches and biographies, it familiarises students with the events of the First World War and their impact, as well as encouraging participants to critically engage with the representations and memory of the First World War in twentieth-century and twenty-first century France.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
•recognise key events of French history in the period of the Great War
•demonstrate awareness of the long-term cultural significance of the war
•place the French case within the wider comparative and transnational context of the Great War
•engage critically with a variety of sources
•evaluate different interpretations of significant wartime events, objects and places
•show an understanding of historiographical debates
•organise and articulate a coherent written argument in a coursework

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of presentation and analytical skills.

Outline content:
In the Autumn Term, the focus will be on ‘setting the scene’ and enabling students to develop a clear understanding of key aspects of the French war experience. Topics that will be discussed in the lectures and seminars include: going into war, the soldiers’ experience, the Home Front, economic, social and political changes, peace and demobilization.

In the Spring Term the focus will shift on responses to, and representations of, the First World War since the conflict took place. Key topics include photography and censorship, artistic and literary representations of the conflict, monuments, museums and commemoration.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Weekly lectures/seminars.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 5 5
Seminars 10 10
Guided independent study 85 85
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will

• take two one-hour class tests, one in week 11 of the Autumn Term and one in week 11 of the Spring Term.

• write one essay of approximately 2,000-2,500 words, to be handed in after the Spring Term

Formative assessment methods:
Students will be given guided assignments to prepare for the next class and for the summative assignments. Discussing documents in class, including through oral presentations, will help students prepare for the class test.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

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    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in Part 2 as a whole, or (for compulsory modules only) of failure to qualify in Part 2. Coursework for reassessment must be resubmitted by 1PM on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, at 1PM on the next working day thereafter.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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