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Imagining France: An Introduction to French Studies

Our Imagining France: An Introduction to French Studies short course introduces you to key artefacts - literary, philosophical and socio-political - from French and francophone culture from the early-modern period right up to the present day. We shall consider why these artefacts (some canonical, others more 'alternative') may be considered important for understanding what is meant or imagined by 'Frenchness', past and present. 

Moving across centuries, genres and disciplines from early-modern philosophical fiction to twentieth-century political writing (with maps, short stories and novels along the way), all the material we cover is linked by its preoccupation with France's various definitions in opposition to 'foreignness'. The course will also incorporate a number of study skills sessions (on essay writing, commentary and referencing).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the class you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. There is no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Mon 05-Oct-20 6pm-7.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code LNLN022S4AAA

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