2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
FREN3865 Paris in Revolt. The May 1968 events, past and present
20 creditsClass Size: 24
Module manager: Dr Sarah Waters
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Module replacesFREN 3375 Social and Ideological Change in France since May 1968
This module is approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module explores May 1968 in France as both a past event - the largest general strike and student movement in France's post-war history - and a present moment, one that continues to shape France's political, social and cultural life in profound ways. We will study primary texts from the period including student tracts, newspaper articles, manifestos and speeches, as well as looking at current debates about the 'meaning' of May 1968 in the present day.
Objectives- To examine the May 1968 events in France as a key historical moment, (a 'tournant') in the evolution of contemporary French politics, culture and society.
- To provide students with an in-depth historical knowledge of the events of this period.
- To examine primary texts in French produced during May 1968 including student tracts, manifestos, pamphlets and newspaper articles.
- To introduce students to sociological theories of May 1968 and in particular to the work of Alain Touraine.
- To allow students to discuss key themes related to May 1968 in the target language.
- A detailed historical understanding of May 1968 through the study of primary texts produced during this period and a range of secondary sources.
- A critical awareness of the work of leading French sociologists and sociological theories of May 1968.
- A capacity to analyse critically and discuss in French, primary texts produced during this period.
- A capacity to analyse critically primary texts in French and to situate them in the context of their time.
- A capacity to analyse and understand sociological theory in French
- An ability to communicate in French at a high intellectual level
Week 1: La France de mai '68. Contexte national et international
Week 2: Jean-Luc Godard : 'La Chinoise'
Week 3 : Les événements
Week 4: Les communistes en mai ‘68
Week 5 : Les groupuscules : Robert Linhart : L'Etabli
Week 6 : Alain Touraine et la nouvelle lutte des classes
Week 8 : Le mouvement des femmes
Week 9: Le mouvement étudiant de 1986
Week 10: Mémoires de '68 en France aujourd'hui
Week 11: Revision
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyStudents will be given set research tasks and a reading list in advance of each teaching session. They will be required to prepare primary texts in French for discussion in class each week.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will have the opportunity to submit (i) a practice commentary; (ii) an essay plan and section which will be marked and returned with individual feedback. Students may arrange individual meetings with me to discuss their essay plans. I will give students feedback on their assessed essays before the closed exam.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Group Project||Oral presentation in French in groups of 2-3 students in French with Powerpoint presentations||10.00|
|Essay||2,000 words in French||40.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 00 mins||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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