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FREN2060 Aspects of French History 1789-1914

20 creditsClass Size: 27

Module manager: Dr Paul Rowe

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 1 French or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

FREN2065Aspects of French History 1789-1914

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to give students without a background in the study of history at university level an introduction to French history in the period 1789-1914, during which France was transformed from an archaic society into a recognisably modern one.In the first semester students will acquire an overview of the social and political history of the period, before looking in more detail at selected aspects of the development of French society in the second semester.


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

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the history of France between 1789 and 1914
- demonstrate an ability to analyse a range of social, cultural and political issues in relation to this historical context
- demonstrate an ability to assess critically both primary and secondary source materials and to engage in personal research.

Skills outcomes
Improved French written and oral communication.


The module will comprise 6 blocks of lectures and supporting seminars (4 lectures and 2 seminars for blocks 1 and 6; 3 lectures and 1 seminar for blocks 2-5).

The three blocks in the first semester will provide an overview of the events of the period and of the social and political developments which accompanied them.

The three in the second semester will look in more detail at themes such as the development of the mass press, the position of women in society, the relationship between church and state, colonialism, France's international relations, science and health care, institutions and constitutions.

Teaching methods

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

Private study

- Background reading for lectures and seminars
- Preparation for seminar presentations
- Researching for essay
- Revision for exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored through regular structured contributions to seminars, upon which feedback will be given, and through an exam preparation workshop at the end of the semester 1 teaching period in which guidance will be provided on exam technique.

In semester 2, oral and written feedback will be available on the essay plans prepared by students for presentation in seminars. Students also have the opportunity to consult the academic tutors about the plans for their assessed essay in semester 2.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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 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: 30/04/2019


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