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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - French

Undergraduate Course: Simone de Beauvoir: Intellectual of the 20th Century (ELCF10027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course concentrates on one of the leading intellectual figures of 20th century France: Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986). Study of her writing and thought offers the opportunity for students to engage with key philosophical, political, literary and feminist debates and to explore some of the major preoccupations of the intellectual in post-war France (for example, notions of occupation and resistance; Existentialism and la litterature engagee; the relationship between literature and politics, philosophy and feminism). The role of the intellectual, and representations of the intellectual, will be studied through a variety of genres (novel, essay, autobiography).
Course description An in-depth analysis of the writings of Simone de Beauvoir, and their legacy in literary, philosophical and socio-political contexts.
Seminar format, with individual, pair and group activities. Oral presentations and autonomous learning group work.
Texts studied on the course (in the original French): Le Deuxième sexe, L'Invitée, Le sang des autres, La femme rompue, Mémoires d'une jeune fille rangée.
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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework:
1 x 2000 word essay (80%)
1 x in-class presentation (10%)
1 x class participation (10%)
Feedback The feedback given to you throughout the course is designed to help you improve your future work: you will be given both formative and summative feedback. Formative parts of the assessment: you will receive feedback on your presentation, and more generally on your participation in class and engagement with the course.
You are also encouraged to highlight specific aspects you would particularly like to have feedback on. During the course, your tutor will take time to invite feedback about the course, and to give feedback on progress thus far. From week 8 onwards (or earlier if you wish), you will be able to bring along an essay plan in time for the feedback to be useful for the end-of-course essay. You will also be given summative feedback on your end-of-course essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To demonstrate an advanced knowledge of a range of sources in their socio-historical and cultural contexts as well as a good understanding of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks needed to analyse them
  2. To select and apply relevant theoretical and methodological approaches in their critical evaluation of philosophical thought, and literary texts, and to demonstrate mastery of relevant technical terminology and research methods
  3. To assess and synthesise primary and secondary sources and to engage critically with these sources, showing awareness of nuance and accommodating ambiguities
  4. To construct coherent arguments which engage effectively with the sources and the relevant contexts and to present them with a high level of clarity in both oral and written form
  5. To demonstrate autonomy and initiative in their activities, carry out independent research under the guidance of the tutor, and to show awareness of their own and others¿ roles and responsibilities as part of a team
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course, students will have further developed their skills in the areas of research and enquiry, personal and intellectual autonomy, communication, and personal effectiveness. For further specification of these skills see the university's graduate and employability skills framework at
KeywordsDELC Beauvoir
Course organiserDr Susan Bainbrigge
Tel: (0131 6)50 8417
Course secretaryMrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421
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