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

Undergraduate Course: Twentieth Century French Political Thought (Ordinary) (ELCF09020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will examine theoretical reflection about the political ideologies which most marked the French socio-political and cultural landscape during the twentieth century. Appraisal of the various theoretical defenses and critiques which were made of socialism, Marxism, Gaullism, and extreme right-wing politics by French thinkers and politicians will encourage broader consideration of the roles which such tendencies played, and in important ways still do play, in public life in France. With regard to each ideological tendency, students will study primary texts each offering a contrasting perspective to the others, the aim being to highlight the diversity of thinking within schools of political thought.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 Literature and Culture (ELCF08012) AND French 2 Language (ELCF08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Ordinary Students and Visiting Students only
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).
High Demand Course? Yes
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Learning Outcomes
Intended learning outcomes specific to this course include:
- knowledge of the defining features of each political ideology (socialism, Marxism, Gaullism, and the political thought of the extreme right).
- knowledge of the role played by these ideologies in shaping political events in France in the course of the twentieth century.
- awareness of contrasting views and perspectives amongst thinkers associated with each of these political ideologies.
- knowledge of the defining features of the contemporary French political landscape

By the end of the course, students will be expected to show the ability:
- to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the subject;
- 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 and 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 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.

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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDELC O 20th Fr Pol
Course organiserDr Samuel Coombes
Course secretaryMrs Elsie Gach
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