FR30210 Research in French

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module offers suitably motivated final-year undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in research in French and Francophone Studies on a topic of their own choice, through planning and writing a short dissertation (strictly 5000 words, including footnotes, excluding bibliography). In this module, students will develop the necessary skills and discipline to produce a single, sustained piece of work under the close supervision of a member of staff. Dissertation topics will only be acceptable if a member of staff approves them and agrees to supervise the dissertation. Topics will normally arise out of a FFS module already taken. Dissertations will be written in English (or in French for non-anglophone students) and will require advance planning, drafting, organisation and bibliographical work in consultation with the student's supervisor. Dissertations will be strictly due just after the end of the teaching session in Spring. Students are advised to first approach the module coordinator at (or shortly after) the start of Autumn. The coordinator will attempt to allocate each student a relevant supervisor from amongst members of staff in French and Francophone Studies. Class meetings may be held throughout Autumn while formal supervision begins in Spring. Registration for this module is possible only through the module coordinator and not through the online system.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, student should be able to:
1) Pursue an independent research project in French and Francophone Studies;
2) Plan, organise and execute a sustained and in-depth piece of academic research under the supervision of a member of academic staff;
3) Research and develop an adequate bibliography on a chosen topic;
4) Complete a short research dissertation (strictly 5000 words, including footnotes, excluding bibliography).

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Students research and learn about a topic of their choosing under the supervision of a member of staff. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This module is targeted at Final-Year students. Students must have passed FR20020 and FR20040 in order to undertake this module. Students should approach the module coordinator first in order to be allocated to a member of academic staff in French and Francophone Studies with whom they must agree topic and supervision before being registered to the module [this approach should ideally be made during the summer preceding final year or at the start of semester 1, even though this is a semester 2 module]. Students will not be registered to this module until they have evidence of both topic and supervisor as approved by the module coordinator. Registration may, therefore, take place at the start of semester 2.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FR20020 - French Language II a, FR20040 - French Language II b

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: Final Dissertation Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Project Outline Week 7 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Project Management Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students receive regular formative feedback from their research supervevisor in the weeks leading up to the Project Outline and, once that is completed, to the Final Dissertation.