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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA French

Programme code:BA-FRENUCAS code:R120
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Terry Bradford Contact address:t.j.bradford@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit: Coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages, Cultures and Societies:
Languages, Cultures and Societies

Programme specification:

The programme will provide an environment that promotes our intention that students graduating from the Leeds French department should have developed the following:
- high quality linguistic skills in French (in oral and aural proficiency, in context-sensitive communicative skills, and in written language skills);
- familiarity with the diverse language varieties and cultures, both 'high' and 'low', of contemporary France;
- an understanding of the main issues of the past and future development of the country, and the important concerns of the present;
- a broad knowledge of the discipline of French Studies;
- specialist knowledge of aspects of French Studies;
- and the ability to undertake critical analysis of aspects of France and the Francophone world, their literature, language, history, society and culture, informed by the appropriate conceptual frameworks.

The distinctiveness of the Leeds French degree programmes compared with other Arts and Humanities programmes is therefore twofold. Firstly, given that the core rationale of the Leeds French programme is to further high-level knowledge of the language, history, society, culture, and literature of France and the French-speaking world, distinctiveness stems from the requirement laid upon students to acquire a high degree of intercultural competence. Secondly, the requirement to spend an extended period in a French-speaking country is manifestly a distinctive structural feature of the programme.

Distinctiveness at Leeds compared with other UK French degree programmes derives from the breadth and diversity of the option courses offered. This in turn reflects the size of the full-time established staff complement, which is among the largest in the UK. These options range from the possibility of study in medieval and Renaissance literature through to the new millennium, cultural studies, area studies, francophone studies, language studies and linguistics.

In addition to breadth, particular stress in Leeds is laid upon interdisciplinarity, which finds expression in synergies, not only between and within option courses, but also between language courses and option courses. These synergies in turn reflect the interrelatedness of teaching and research at Leeds. Examples of this are research in applied linguistics that feeds into the ongoing refinement of the language courses offered; and options at Levels 2 and 3 where teaching is informed by current staff research.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 1 students must study 120 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

FREN1010French Language Awareness and Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN1020Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN1042Evolution of the French Language10 creditsSemester 2
FREN1062Readings in Modern French Society10 creditsSemester 2
FREN1070Introduction to Skills in French Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Discovery modules:

- Candidates will be required to study 40 credits of discovery modules.
- Candidates may not take FLTU French modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

FREN2010French Language in Contexts20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 60 credits including at least 20 credits from option group one.

Option Group One

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 20 credits (but may choose more) from the following optional modules:

FREN2080Laughter, Love and Chivalry: Society and Culture in the French Middle Ages20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN2120The Foundations of Modern French Thought20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN2290The Short Form in French and Francophone Literature20 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN2320The Pleasures of French Poetry20 creditsNot running in 202021

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Option Group Two

Candidates may choose up to 80 credits from this module group to bring their total number of credits to the required 120 (including any discovery modules; see below).

FREN2060Aspects of French History 1789-191420 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN2090Politics and Society in France since 194520 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN2160Francophone Africa20 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN2190The Age of Extremes: Culture, Crisis and Commitment between the Wars20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN2200Cinema in France: The Seventh Art20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN2260Black Atlantic: African and Caribbean Culture in French20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN2340Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Fiction20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN2350Introduction to Professional French Translation and Interpreting20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL2015Black Europe20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

NB: Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

- Candidates may study up to 40 credits of discovery modules. No more than 20 of these credits may be level one modules.
- Candidates may choose to study FLTU2333 Introduction to Professional French, but no other FLTU-coded modules in French are suitable.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Candidates will spend the third year in France or a Francophone country.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be enrolled on the following module:

FREN9001French Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

FREN3010Advanced French Language Skills20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules.

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study a minimum of 60 credits from the following optional modules:

FREN3012Monuments20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN3045Antiracism in France since 194520 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN3073Theory and Practice of Interpreting (French and English)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN3093Iconic Images20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN3094The Kaleidoscope: Cultural Perspectives on Contemporary France20 creditsSemester 1
FREN3591Heroines: Representations of Mythological Women from Antiquity to the Present20 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN3611Francophone Cinema - Postcolonial Images20 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN3620Mémoires de guerre: France and the First World War20 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN3632Representing Empire20 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN3641The Algerian War of Independence: From the Colonial to the Post-Colonial20 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN3691Representations of the City20 creditsNot running in 202021
FREN3711Francophone Voices - Textual and Cultural Analysis20 creditsSemester 2
FREN3751French Cinema, Sex and Gender20 creditsSemester 2
FREN3770Theory and Practice in French-English Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
FREN3865Paris in Revolt. The May 1968 events, past and present20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Please note the following modules are mutually exclusive: FREN3730 and FREN3770. Candidates may only enrol on one of these modules.
- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

- Candidates may select up to 40 credits of discovery modules.
- Candidates may choose to study FLTU2333 Introduction to Professional French, but no other FLTU-coded modules in French are suitable.

Last updated: 05/09/2019

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