FR3HYW-France in the Hundred Years’ War

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Françoise Le Saux


Summary module description:

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the causes, events and consequences on French society and culture of the Anglo-French conflicts of the later Middle Ages.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students completing this module will be able to:
•Demonstrate awareness of the nature of kingship in late medieval France
•Demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics of late medieval warfare.
•Engage critically with relevant specialist literature in both French and English.
•Organise their own arguments in clear, structured form, both orally and in writing.
•Demonstrate an ability to integrate interpretation with evidence

Additional outcomes:
Enhancement of foreign language skills; ability to undertake independent research in libraries and online, and to contribute to group work in seminars where appropriate.

Outline content:

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
A mixture of informal lectures and student-led seminars/discussions. Students will acquire important background information from the lectures and will be encouraged to undertake independent work and prepare seminar presentations. The impact of the protracted period of warfare on French politics and culture will be explored through the analysis of historical and literary sources and works of art (sculpture, iconography). The module allows students of French to develop both textual analytical skills and historical method.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 9
Seminars 10 2
Practicals classes and workshops 10
Guided independent study 169
Total hours by term 198.00 2.00
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:
One essay (2500-3000 words)
Relative percentage of coursework: 40%

Examinations: One two-hour examination; answers may not rely substantially on material used in the assessed essay = 60% of overall mark.

Formative assessment methods:
Class discussions and non-assessed presentations, including short written assignments.

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.

    Length of examination:
    Two hours

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Written examination in August in the event of failure in this module and in Finals as a whole. Re-submission of coursework by 1.00 pm on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed, the first working day thereafter.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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