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979512 Contemporary France

8cp; availability: not offered to exchange and study abroad students
Requisite(s): (979508 Research in International Studies AND 8 credit points of completed study in spk(s): CBK90893 48 cp Major Choice) OR (979508 Research in International Studies AND 8 credit points of completed study in spk(s): CBK90891 24 cp Language, Culture and Society Choice)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 976411 Contemporary France

Postgraduate

Description

This subject introduces students to contemporary France, and its historical, political, cultural, social and economic dimensions in a local, national, continental and global context.

The subject provides students with critical skills to identify major contemporary issues that shape the present day society of the country, introducing theoretical and methodological frameworks for students to engage in intercultural research. A combination of lecture-based, independent and collaborative learning allows student to develop critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills specific to French studies, in particular with regard to cultural diversity, sociocultural change and with attention to ethical best practice. Students develop critical thinking and written/oral communication skills relevant to the multidisciplinary nature of the subject.

In weeks 1 to 4, students follow an umbrella program shared by all contemporary European society subjects, which introduces them to general issues relating to contemporary Europe: definitions of Europe, the drive to unification, internal divisions within Europe, and the impact of migration. From week 5 onwards, students pursue a separate program, focusing on contemporary France. The subject provides students with critical skills that allow them to identify major contemporary issues that shape present-day French society. Insights are gained into France's long-term and more recent history and the notion of French identity within and beyond France itself. Topics include the aftermath of the Second World War, the concept and practice of the French Republic, France's 'revolutionary' aspect, France in the world, and issues relating to contemporary French culture and society. Students develop critical thinking skills relevant to the multidisciplinary nature of the subject.


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