Undergraduate Course: France since 1940 (HIST10371)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is an introduction to the history of contemporary France, from the country's calamitous defeat in 1940 to its contemporary struggles over national identity.
This course is an introduction to the history of contemporary France, from the country's calamitous defeat in 1940 to its contemporary struggles over national identity. Its key focus will be how French politics has adapted to the legacy of the Second World War, decolonisation, the rise and fall of de Gaulle, and geopolitical transformations since the 1970s. Students will draw on some of the most contemporary historiographical and social scientific literature in order to gain a fuller understanding of key historical events such as the founding of the Fifth Republic and the Algerian War, as well as broader processes such as the rise of the extreme-right and the problems of racism in French society. This course also includes a parallel weekly source component, in which students will examine a set of French-language written or audiovisual sources relevant to each class. Additional language assistance will be provided for the source component but prior knowledge of French will be an advantage.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1) One 3,000-word essay due in Week 9 of the semester in which the course is given (35%) - students will receive the essay questions approximately ten days before the essay submission date.
2) A second 3,000-word essay due during the examination diet period in the semester in which the course is given (45%) - students will receive the essay questions in Week 10
3) One assessed presentation (10%)
4) Class and workshop participation (10%)
||Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate through both essays and their assessed presentation, a coherent grasp of key political, economic, social, cultural developments in the France in the period from 1940 to the present day
- demonstrate through both essays and their assessed presentation, a better understanding of France's relations with the outside world, especially its relations with its colonies/former colonies, its relations with the UK and the USA; and its relations with other European countries through the European Union
- demonstrate through both essays and their assessed presentation, a familiarity with the key historiographical innovations in the study of contemporary France; this will include knowledge and engagement with secondary literature from sociology, literature and political science
- demonstrate through both essays and their assessed presentation, a capacity to engage with primary sources in English and in French
- demonstrate through both essays and their assessed presentation, a capacity to critically analyse the work of others; a capacity to engage critically with the relevant textual and non-textual primary and secondary sources; an ability to gather and organise relevant material for presenting their findings; and an ability to work under established deadlines
|These books offer an introduction to the course themes:|
Sudhir Hazareesingh, Political Traditions in Modern France (1994)
Philip Nord, France's New Deal: From the Thirties to the postwar era (2010)
Julian Jackson, France: the Dark Years 1940-44 (2001)
Robert Gildea, France since 1945 (1996)
Michael Sutton, France and the Construction of Europe, 1944-2007 (2007)
David Howarth & Georgios Varouxakis, Contemporary France (2006)
Henry Rousso, The Vichy Syndrome (1987)
Sudhir Hazareesingh, The Myth of the General (2012)
Jean-François Sirinelli (ed.), Histoires des droites en France, 3. vols (2006)
Stanley Hoffmann, Decline or Renewal: France Since the 1930s (1970)
Todd Shepard, The Invention of Decolonization: The Algerian War and the Remaking of France (2006)
Richard Kuisel, Seducing the French: the dilemma of Americanization (1993)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The study of the past gives students a unique understanding of the present that will enable them to succeed in a broad range of careers. The transferable skills gained from this course include: understanding of complex issues and how to draw valid conclusions from the past;
ability to analyse the origins and development of current political and historiographical questions;
a command of bibliographical and library- and/or IT-based online and offline research skills;
a range of skills in reading and textual analysis;
ability to question and problematize evidence;
considering the relationship between evidence and interpretation;
understanding ethical dimensions of research and their relevance for human relationships today;
ability to marshal arguments lucidly, coherently and concisely, both orally and in writing;
ability to deliver a paper or a presentation in front of peer audiences;
ability to analyse primary sources in both English and French;
ability to design and execute pieces of written work and to present them suitably, as evidenced by the two assessment essays of 3,000 words each.
|Course organiser||Dr Emile Chabal
Tel: (0131 6)50 4302
|Course secretary||Miss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783