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Undergraduate Course: Simone de Beauvoir: Intellectual of the 20th Century (Ordinary) (ELCF09004)

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 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 Language (ELCF08013) AND French 2 Literature and Culture (ELCF08012))
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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) ***100% Coursework***

20% - Participation
20% - Presentation
60% - Coursework essay (1500 words)
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. Discuss the distinctive literary, philosophical, and socio-cultural contributions made by Simone de Beauvoir across her significant oeuvre.
  2. Explain relevant theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches relating to the work of Simone de Beauvoir.
  3. Employ relevant technical terminology associated with literary analysis, feminism and existentialism.
  4. Demonstrate a grasp of register, vocabulary and grammatical and syntactical structures in the work of Simone de Beauvoir.
  5. Construct coherent arguments that engage with the sources and contexts and present them in both oral and written form.
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 O Beauvoir
Course organiserDr Susan Bainbrigge
Tel: (0131 6)50 8417
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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