Summary module description:

Aims:
The aim of this module is to develop a variety of approaches to France's relationship with the process of European integration. These include France's role in the 'big bargains' which have shaped the EU; France's contribution to key policy-making processes; and Europe as an issue in French politics.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
- explain France's willingness to be a key participant in European integration;
- evaluate the problems posed for a dirigiste, Jacobin State by integration within a liberal European polity increasingly characterised by multilevel governance;
- analyse and compare the role of key individual French participants, notably de Gaulle and Mitterrand, in the integration process;
- compare and contrast the competing perspectives on European integration within French politics;
- assess the costs and benefits to France of key EU policies, and notably the CAP and EMU;
- engage critically with the ideas presented in lectures, seminars or secondary materials;
- organise and articulate a coherent written argument in a coursework essay and under examination conditions

Additional outcomes:
- encourage the development of oral communication skills and pair/group presentation skills
- encourage extensive reading of literature on politics in French
- encourage the use of numerical data such as opinion polls and election statistics to support oral and written arguments

Outline content:
The first term will take a broadly chronological approach to France's relations with Europe. The second term will be more thematic, within the two broad areas of Europe in French internal politics and France and European policy-making. The chronology of the first term will, however, be punctuated by two sessions focusing on the institutions of the European Communities/European Union. These will serve both as a context to the coverage of political and institutional debates within France and as a preparation for the policy-centred topics at the end of the programme.

Global context:
This module includes opportunities for discussion of current issues in relations between France, the EU, and the global economy.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught in weekly seminars in the Autumn and Spring terms, and two revision classes in the Summer term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 17 17 4
Guided independent study 73 73 16
       
Total hours by term 90.00 90.00 20.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

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

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener 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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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:
    One three-hour exam paper to consist of two questions.

    Requirements for a pass:
    40%

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment in August, in the event of failure in this module and of failure in the degree as a whole. Coursework for reassessment must be resubmitted by 1 pm on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, at 1 pm on the next working day thereafter.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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