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Undergraduate Course: The Modern City : Paris (ORDINARY) (ELCF09030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - French Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will assess the changing face of France's capital city over the last two centuries. It begins in the mid 19th century with Baudelaire's reaction to the immense upheaval occasioned by Haussmann's vast programme of urban planning which allowed the modern city to emerge out of what Le Corbusier refers to as a 'medieval village'. In considering texts by Ernaux and Réda, the course ends with the consequences of Delouvrier's Schéma directeur which did for the suburbs what Haussmann did for the centre thus earning Delouvrier the nickname 'l'Haussmann des faubourgs'. The aim is to analyse how the city is experienced, negotiated, and appropriated both on an everyday basis and in writing. To this effect a variety of genres are analysed including poetry, prose poetry, journalistic prose, prose fiction, the diary, experimental forms such as the 'ethnotexte', and film, as well as a range of literary and cultural movements from realism to hyperrealism, encompassing fantasy, future, and the simple everyday. Furthermore, the course promotes an interdisciplinary approach by incorporating architecture, cultural history, and film. The texts studied will be Charles Baudelaire, 'Tableaux Parisiens' and Le Spleen de Paris; Émile Zola, Le Ventre de Paris; André Breton, Nadja, Agnès Varda, Cléo de 5 à 7; Annie Ernaux, Le Journal du dehors.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 (ELCF08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn order to be eligible to take 4th Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s).
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 1.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Generally, the intended learning outcomes are those of all French Options, as described in French 4 Notes for Students; they include the ability to negotiate complex intellectual ideas, in debate as well as in essays and in French as well as in English, and the appreciation of contrasting and evolving viewpoints. Intended learning outcomes specific to this course are:

o To analyse how a definition of self is built up through a negotiation of time and place.
o The ability to contextualise and frame texts through a cultural historian's perspective alongside the development of skills involved in immanent readings of texts.
o The ability to analyse the construction of space from the perspective of architects, urban planners, and city dwellers.
o The ability to analyse a range of technically very diverse genres, and disciplines.
Assessment Information
One 1500 word essay (40%) and one 90 minute exam (60%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Primary texts
Charles Baudelaire, 'Tableaux Parisiens' in Les Fleurs du mal and Le Spleen de Paris
Émile Zola, Le Ventre de Paris
André Breton, Nadja
Agnès Varda, Cléo de 5 à 7
Annie Ernaux, Le Journal du dehors
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sarah Tribout-Joseph
Tel: (0131 6)50 3205
Course secretaryMrs Jacqueline Barnhart
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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