The BA in French Studies with History is delivered in three stages, each of which comprises one year of full-time study during which you will follow courses the value of four units (one unit is equivalent to 30 national credits or 15 European credits). The programme provides progressive structures in which you will be able to extend your knowledge and understanding of French and francophone language, societies and cultures, while gaining a range of transferable skills.
The degree programme lasts three years, as opposed to the usual four for a Modern Foreign Languages degree in a UK university. The programme combines a range of compulsory and optional courses designed to consolidate competence in the five key French language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking conversationally and giving oral presentations) and to build students’ understanding of French history and culture using a broad range of critical and methodological perspectives.
Conforming to the Major/Minor degree model, the course structure requires students to take Core Courses in French language, plus at least one course unit (30 credits) of History in each year of study. Remaining credits can be selected from a broad range of Options covering French literature, visual culture, cinema, business studies and linguistics.
Conforming to the Major/Minor degree model, the course structure requires students to take Core Courses in French language, plus at least 30 credits of History each year of study. Please click here to download an overview of our modules, or continue to find our programme outline*
All courses are compulsory.
- Written and Oral Expression (ULL100) - taught in French
- Oeuvres: critical approaches to literature and visual arts (ULC100) - taught in French
- Histoire et Histoires: social, political and cultural issues from the Revolution to the present day (ULC110) - taught in French
- Issues in Contemporary French Politics (ULC140) - taught in English
- Introduction to Cultural Studies (ULC150) - taught in English
- Advanced grammar of written and spoken French (ULL200) - taught in French
- Introduction to translation (ULL210) - taught in French/English
- History and Memory I: Les récits nationaux (ULC214) - taught in French
- France, Britain and Empire (ULC234) - taught in English
Optional modules (students select 4 from the list below)
- Introduction to French linguistics (ULC201) - taught in French
- Identités I: Gender and Sexuality (ULC212) - taught in French
- Twentieth-Century Art (ULC213) – taught in French
- Text and Image in Mass Culture (ULC223) - taught in English
- Climate Politics (ULC230) - taught in English
- Politics and Fiction (ULC231) - taught in English
- Queer Politics in Contemporary France (ULC232) - taught in English
- Advanced techniques in formal discourse (ULL300) – taught in French
- Advanced Translation from English to French (ULL311) - taught in French
- Advanced Translation from French to English (ULL312) - taught in English
Optional modules (students select 5 from the list below, including at least 2 History options)
- Fin de siècle: Politics and Ideology (ULC304) – taught in French
- Le Républicanisme en France I: 1789-1914 (ULC310) - taught in French
- French colonialism in North Africa (ULC313) – taught in English
- Le Républicanisme en France II: 1914-présent (ULC320) - taught in French
- Research dissertation (ULC329) - presented in French or English
Non History options:
- La Prose de la ville (ULC307) – taught in French
- Y2K BD: Fin de millénaire bande dessinée (ULC315) - taught in English
- Trauma and Transmission: Holocaust afterlives (ULC326) - taught in English
- Eléments de linguistique française (ULC327) - taught in French
- Classic French Cinema (ULC328) - taught in English
- Postcolonial Fictions in the City of Paris (ULC333) – taught in English
*All courses listed above are subject to availability.