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Module

FRE2009 : Paris: Aspects of History and Culture

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kathryn Robson
  • Lecturer: Dr Gillian Jein, Professor Guy Austin
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

-To provide students with a broad knowledge of the history of Paris and its role in French national identity through the study of a variety of cultural texts representing the city.
- To introduce students to the detailed study of a variety of cultural texts representing Paris.
- To introduce students to theoretical ideas associated with notions of social geography, cultural memory and urban topography

Outline Of Syllabus

This module contains three weeks of introductory lectures plus a seminar and then covers four topics which may include, for example: Modernisation and Alienation, Marginality, Flanerie, Revolution, Visions of the City, Politics of the Town Hall and Language. Two topics will be covered in Semester 1 and two in Semester 2; there are also two essay-writing seminars and a feedback session, as well as a concluding overview session.
The lectures for this course will be taught in French and the seminars in English.
The module will be thematically organised into an introductory overview block followed by four sections comprising four lectures and two seminars each. In lectures, students will be given historical background and introduced to theoretical work which they will be encouraged to apply to the study of texts from a variety of different media. The module will be assessed by two essays, one to be written in English and one in French.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
FRE2109Paris: Aspects of History and Culture - Part 1
FRE2209Paris: Aspects of History and Culture - Part 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials (in the form of recordings and written documents) will provide the essential historical context and introduce students to theoretical ideas around urban experience, marginality, modernisation, and Paris-based social and cultural movements amongst others. Lecture materials will also model the application of this historical and theoretical knowledge to the study of specific periods, events and texts. Students will be expected to work through the lecture materials and accompanying directed reading/viewing which will be clearly signposted on Canvas.

In seminars, students will analyse a range of materials (including, potentially, art, photography, film, poetry, essays, maps/plans) in detail, working through the issues raised by the lectures with support and added clarifications or examples where needed.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002500 word essay in French
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MAn essay of up to 2000 words in English
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative essay assesses students’ ability to apply knowledge about a period of Parisian history, as well as theories of urban experience and cultural histories, in order to carry out detailed analysis of a selection of materials representing Paris (these vary depending on the topic chosen). The summative essay is written in French, but the formative essay in semester 1 is written in English, so that students can practise essay-writing skills in the first semester and receive feedback before going on to write in French in semester 2. They will also be given guidance on writing in French in semester 2.

Reading Lists

Timetable