Undergraduate Course: Politics and Institutions of Contemporary France A (ELCF08009)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is intended to serve as an introduction to some of the major questions relating to the political and social systems of contemporary France. It covers a range of topics from the French political system to the concept of French universalism, and engages with some of the most important contemporary political debates shaping the Republic today.
The course runs for three hours per week in Semester 2 and includes a 2-hour lecture and seminar, followed by one tutorial session. This course is intended to serve as an introduction to some of the major questions relating to the political and social systems of contemporary France. The course will focus initially upon the organisation and working of government and the role of political parties under the Fourth and Fifth Republics. A central theme here will be the democratic status of the Fifth Republic and its Constitution. The focus will then shift to a weekly thematic structure, where you will investigate different aspects of Republican thinking, the historical concerns and shifts in the major political parties, the role of social institutions, France's changing political position in a globalized world, and the status of specific social groups within French society. A major consideration here will be the extent to which public policy and social institutions contribute (or not) to a reduction of inequalities within contemporary French society and the evolving role of the state.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 2,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Quiz (15%): the ten-question quiz will create an automated mark for each student demonstrating their engagement in, and understanding of, the lecture materials.
Forum participation (30%): this will be a group mark linked to a specific ALG and will be assessed on the quality of the group¿s submission on a week-by-week basis (tutors will keep a personal record, before uploading a final grade). For formative purposes, the first four weeks of the course will not be assessed, but tutors will provide feedback to each group on their progress to-date in week 5.
1800-word essay (55%): each student will select ONE essay topic from a list of questions.
||Students will be given written feedback on their discussion boards, and will have the opportunity to discuss their essay plans with the course tutors.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a broad understanding of the main currents in French politics, institutions and society, as seen through a range of specific topics, using a selection of core theories, principles and concepts.
- Appraise a variety of source materials to compare and contrast concepts and issues while taking account of different political, social and policy contexts.
- Use a range of approaches to formulate evidence-based responses to major issues within the common understanding of Politics and Institutions of Contemporary France.
- Develop effective communication, presentation and interaction skills across a range of media.
- Demonstrate self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to work flexibly with others as part of a team.
|Please use the link below and search by using course code ELCF08009|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Institutions; Government; Fifth Republic; Public Policy; State
|Course organiser||Dr Nicola Frith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8967
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Hand
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421