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Imagining France: An Introduction to French Studies


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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).

Assessment is via a commentary of 500-1000 words in English (10%), two essays of 2000 words in English (35% each) and one unseen 90-minute in-class test in English or French (20%).

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.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.