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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
FREN3620 Mémoires de guerre: France and the First World War
20 creditsClass Size: 24
Module manager: Dr Philippa Read
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable
Year running 2017/18
Pre-requisite qualificationsSuccessful completion of Level 2 French language or equivalent
This module is mutually exclusive with
|FREN3621||French Culture and the First World War|
Module replacesThis is a 2 semester equivalent module to the 1 semester FREN3621 (which will be kept on the books to allow flexibility in years in which the module leader is on sabbatical leave).
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module will introduce students, via the study of primary texts, to the evolving ways in which French men and women have represented and remembered the experiences of the First World War.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should:
(i) demonstrate knowledge and understanding about the social and cultural history of the First World War in France
(ii) be able to engage critically with primary and secondary sources
(iii) demonstrate an ability to carry out individual research in preparing essays and presentations
(iv) demonstrate increased confidence and ability in the handling of complex written French texts.
(i) Knowledge and understanding of the dominant critical and historiographical frameworks used to analyse primary WW1 texts
(ii) Improved French language skills
(iii) Improved research skills
(iv) Knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural history of the First World War in France
Improved French written and oral communication, and reading and listening skills
SEMESTER 1 1914-18
Weeks 1-2 Introduction to history of WW1
Weeks 3-4 Nationalist propaganda
Weeks 5-8 Henri Barbusse, Le Feu
Weeks 9-11 Les Femmes et la guerre
SEMESTER 2 Case-study: L'Hôpital Temporaire d’Arc-en-barrois
Weeks 16-17 Introduction to WW1 medical care, to primary source material and to assessment methods
Weeks 18-21 4-5 groups devise research questions and carry out research with consultations with Prof Fell
Weeks 22-23 Presentations of research: powerpoints to French audience via skype and submission of written reports
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||179.00|
|Total Contact hours||21.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPrivate study: reading of both primary and secondary sources in preparation for seminars and assessments. Group meetings to arrange, research and carry out research on case-study in semester 2.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will receive tailored feedback on their oral presentations.
Students will have the opportunity to hand in a practice commentary in preparation for the examination.
Students will be able to bring plans for their reports and presentations to a consultation meeting with the module leader.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project||3000 words||40.00|
|Presentation||Powerpoint in French||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 15 mins||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
I have been given access to a whole set of primary sources on a temporary hospital in WW1 France by descendants of the women who ran it. These include: an album of photographs; official correspondence; boxes of letters between French patients/soldiers and nurses; correspondence of doctors re: treatment of soldiers. I therefore would like to use this primary material as the basis of small group research projects in Semester 2. The students will be asked to identify a research question based on the material, carry out independent research, and then (i) present it to French residents of the village where the hospital was located (via Skype or similar) and (ii) write a joint group report reflecting on their research methods and analysing their findings.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 13/09/2017
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