FR10140 Paris

Academic Year 2021/2022

Paris has long been an iconic city in global terms. This elective -delivered entirely online- provides UCD students with expert snapshot insights into aspects of the development and essence of Paris: the City of Light.
Each week, UCD French and Francophone Studies lecturers will present Paris through a new lens, with focus on a wide variety of topics (Mapping Paris; Paris on screen; Paris in song; Paris in poetry; 18th-century Paris; Revolutionary Paris; Dubliners in Paris; Africa in Paris; Modernity in Art; and much more). Discovering Paris is a novel way of immersing yourself once again in French language, culture, literature and ideas, via a variety of weekly topics. This elective is accessible to anyone who studied French to Leaving Cert level or intermediate equivalent (B1 on CEFR scale). Materials used are in French with English translations provided. Delivery may vary between French/ English/ combination from week to week. Through two weekly online lectures, you may hone and revise your French language listening and reading skills, while studying core and quirky aspects of Paris: the City of Light.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1) Students will learn about the iconic city of Paris from a variety of new, expert perspectives
2) Students will hone their French listening skills by focusing on spoken French or French audio materials
3) Students will practise their French reading skills by focusing on short written texts and materials in French
4) Students will focus their interpretative skills by answering weekly quizzes on the topics covered
5) Students will present an in-depth study in a poster project on one or more topics studied

Indicative Module Content:

In any given year, across ten weeks, each weekly topic will study Paris from a novel perspective. Topics may include:
-Géographies parisiennes: Mapping the City of Paris through the ages
-Paris on Screen
-Paris and Song
-Paris: a space of Immigration (lieu de mémoire de l'immigration)
-Breaking Rules in 18th-century Paris
-Paris in 1789: Revolutionary Spaces
-Dubliners in Paris
-Africa in Paris
-Paris, Capital of Modernity (19th-century visual art)
-Paris in Poetry (Jacques Prévert)
et bien d'autres...

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture Topics: students benefit from expert French lecturers who focus on particular aspects of Paris linked to their research interests, publications, and specialty areas
Language Skills: students will be actively using and revising their French listening and French reading skills each week
Student Presentations: students will present a final poster project (50%) in which they focus in detail on one or more topics studied 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

It is essential to have studied French to a lower intermediate level before taking this module.
For example, students might have passed French at Leaving Cert (honours) level.
Or students might have achieved a B1 on the CEFR grid (
Or international students may come from a francophone household.
This module might also be useful for students at any stage of their UCD studies who wish to maintain, hone, or revise rusty French skills.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: FInal Poster Project focusing on ONE or TWO of the weekly topics covered during this elective (see BS for specific parameters amd detailed instructions) Week 12 n/a Graded No


Class Test: 10 x quizzes (on BrightSpace) to be completed each week for 10 weeks
Each quiz refers to the material covered in the two lecture hours that week
Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Online automated feedback => 50% online quizzes on BrightSpace are corrected automatically, with correct answers signalled once exercise is completed by entire class group Feedback individually to students, post assessment => 50% poster project: each student completes a poster project. Feedback will be available once the exercise is completed by entire class group

Name Role
Dr Manu Braganca Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Michael Brophy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Mary Gallagher Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Max McGuinness Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Emer O'Beirne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Síofra Pierse Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Laetitia Saint-Loubert Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Stephen Schwartz Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Douglas Smith Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Michael Wiedorn Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 17:00 - 17:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 17:00 - 17:50