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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

FREN3711 Francophone Voices - Textual and Cultural Analysis

20 creditsClass Size: 24

Module manager: Dr Kamal Salhi

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Level 2 or equivalent

Module replaces

Francophone Voices FREN315101

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The course surveys the historical, geographical and sociolinguistic features which characterise the French language in North and West Africa, and analyses their literature (novel and short story). It concentrates on literary and cultural themes. In the lectures the study of culture will be set in the context of the local francophone heritage, and the seminars will focus on the interpretation of selected texts as the students examine the particular qualities of Francophone African culture as influenced by French. Audiovisuals will be used to support the lectures. Students will do a class presentation in French (25% of overall weighting), submit a 1,500-word summary of a novel in French (25%) and take away an examination paper (50%) and answer two questions, in English, chosen from a list of several questions.


On completion of this module, students should have:
- an in-depth appreciation of the French influence in North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the diversity of the works of Francophones in three aspects: culture, literature and language.
- acquainted themselves with the particular sensibilities in the context of Francophone African literature.
- develop an understanding of interdisciplinary issues of language, culture, colonialism, identity, feminism, sexuality, etc.

Skills outcomes
Communication, Organisation, Research, Language, textual and cultural analysis

Students should be able to demonstrate enhanced skills in written and oral French in an academic register


The module begins with an overview of the historical background and cultural features which characterise French in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, moving on to the discussion of general critical questions within African Francophone literature.
The course covers literary, linguistic, cultural and social questions. Lectures focus on the study of culture in the context of the local francophone heritage. Through the analysis and interpretation of selected texts, students examine, during the seminars, the particular themes and qualities of the Francophone African literature and culture.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning42.008.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours151.83
Total Contact hours28.17
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

20 hours seminar preparation
40 hours private reading round the subject
20 hours preparation for presentation
1.50 hours preparation for consultation
60 hours researching and preparing assessment
10 hours textual fieldwork

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Assessed presentation in class. Group work. Reports on library search and personal and/or group, textual readings.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Presentationverbal presentation, 20 mins + supporting handout25.00
Critiquecritical review of text25.00
In-course AssessmentTake away exam (4 days)50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 13/11/2018 09:25:43


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