FR20180 La France d'aujourd'hui

Academic Year 2023/2024

Can the birth of the French nation be dated? Where do the French flag, the motto ‘Liberté, égalité, fraternité’ and other French symbols come from? And what do these symbols mean in contemporary France? What role does France or French language play in the contemporary world? This module will shed light on these and many other fundamental questions through a series of general civilisation-type themes on French history, economy, society and culture. It will also introduce students to a number of practicalities regarding living in France today and will therefore be of particular interest to students planning to study or work in France.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe and discuss key characteristics of contemporary France;
- deploy a wide-ranging vocabulary relating to these themes;
- demonstrate the ability to source, read and analyse relevant press articles in an independent fashion;
- give a coherent and structured presentation in French on one aspect of contemporary France.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
interactive lectures and student-led seminars 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Level-one language module FR 10070 is a prerequisite for this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FR10070 - French Grammar & Expression

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Group Project: Groupe project 1/2 - mini-presentation in class (week 4 or 5 - TBC) Unspecified n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: weekly preparations to be uploaded before each seminar Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: written examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Group Project: Groupe project 2/2 - in class or online (week 11/12/13 - TBC) Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: in-class (week 9/10/11 - TBC) during the lecture hour - you will need to bring a laptop or smartphone on that specific day. End of trimester MCQ n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Manu Braganca Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Coline Breuilly Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Lucille Raynal Lecturer / Co-Lecturer