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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FREN2160 Francophone Africa

20 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr Kamal Salhi
Email: K.Salhi@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

Satisfactory completion of Level 1 French or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

FREN2165Francophone Africa

Module replaces

FREN2161/2162

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is a survey of the colonial and post-colonial history and culture of French Africa. Since independence, Africa has experienced political and cultural changes in response to the growing expressions of national identities and to the role of France in Africa.The areas of concern will include former French colonies and countries where there have been literary and artistic responses to the historical and political developments.The module will consider:- firstly, the history of French colonisation, influences and the impact of the French in Africa- secondly, the responses, reactions and perspectives- thirdly, the political role of France in Africa and the concept of la francophonie. Through the study and interpretation of histories, arts and literatures taught via lectures and seminars supported by audio-visuals, you will examine the particularqualities and influences of Francophone Africa and explore questions such as:- What is the outcome of French colonisation of Africa?- Is 'Frenchising' of Africa reversible?- Was the French colonial impact on Africa deep or shallow?- Was the colonial impact a cost or a benefit to Africa?- What is Francophone Africa?

Objectives

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- understand the history of France in Africa in both colonial and post-colonial periods
- gain a comprehensive understanding of 'Francophone Africa'
- extend knowledge of the wealth and diversity of Francophone culture in a comprehensive perspective.

Syllabus

Since independence, Africa has experienced political, economic and cultural changes in response to the growing expressions of national identities and to the role of France in Africa. French colonisation has produced scars and wounds that have marked African identity. The significance of French especially in Africa's political and cultural life can hardly be over-estimated.

The module is a critical survey of colonial and post-colonial 'French Africa'. The areas of concern will include ex-colonies from North and Sub-Saharan Africa and some reference will be made to countries where there have been literary and artistic responses to historical and political developments.

The course will consider
- the history of French colonisation, influences and the impact of the French in Africa;
- the responses, reactions and perspectives expressed in various Francophone literatures;
- the language policies and cultural issues inherent in post-independence Africa and
- the political role of France in Africa and the concept of la francophonie.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture201.0020.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Private study hours170.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 50 hours background reading for lectures and seminars
- 90 hours preparation for seminar presentations
- 15 hours researching for essay
- 15 hours revision for exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminar presentation and presentation of seminar worksheet.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,500 words in English due semester 2 week 2250.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 15 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 31/05/2017

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