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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FREN2165 Francophone Africa

15 creditsClass Size: 8

Module manager: Dr Kamal Salhi

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

FREN2160Francophone Africa

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module


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.


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
Private study hours129.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- 25 hours background reading for lectures and seminars
- 74 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1,500 words in English at the end of second term34.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)34.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 15 mins66.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)66.00

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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