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Undergraduate Course: Exploring Belgian Identities in Literature and Film (ELCF10070)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - French Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis Option will study the treatment of identity in a selection of modern and contemporary francophone Belgian writing. Through the close analysis of a selection of texts and films, the course aims to develop students' understanding of the numerous thematic, formal, generic and socio-historical issues raised by the representation of Belgian identities and experience, while at the same time familiarising them with the history and culture of Belgium generally. The course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of Belgian identity, history and culture through study of a selection of texts and films in which questions of identity are explored and often foregrounded.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 (ELCF08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Honours in French
Additional Costs Purchase of primary texts studied.
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
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 S2 (April/May)1:30
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Generally, the intended learning outcomes are those of all French Honours Options, as described in French 4 Hons 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 are:

- to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the chosen specialism(s)
- to recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject
- to show a good understanding of and apply competently complex conceptual frameworks
- to construct coherent arguments which demonstrate an awareness of the problems posed by the texts/ issues which they are studying
- to demonstrate a high level of expression in both written and oral presentations
- to demonstrate the mastery of relevant technical terminology and research methods
- to carry out personal research under the guidance of the tutor and offer evidence of research initiative
- to offer alternative perspectives, identify and accommodate ambiguities and show an awareness of nuance
- to develop original ideas
- to demonstrate an awareness of the research agenda relating to the topic

More specifically, they should be able to show:

- a good understanding of the ways in which the representation of Belgian identity/ies allows the authors and film-makers to explore a number of broader themes relating to history, language, culture, memory, sexuality, class etc.
- a good understanding of the sorts of technical demands made and formal opportunities offered by the choice of different genres (novel, autobiography, autofiction, film etc.), and the relationship and distinctions between these genres
Assessment Information
One 2,000 word essay (40%) and one 90 minute exam (60%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsDELC Belgian IDs
Course organiserDr Susan Bainbrigge
Tel: (0131 6)50 8417
Course secretaryMrs Jacqueline Barnhart
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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