BA Hons (Full Time)
Minimum Length:3 Year(s)
Part II Weight:8
Part II Year 2 Weight:4
Part II Year 3 Weight:4
Part II Year 4 Weight:0
Director of Studies:Dr CA Baker
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The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
PartII (Year 2)
The student must take the following modules:
PartII (Year 3)
The student must take the following modules:
Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
Major schemes of study in the department are based on the premise that the study of language and of culture are equally indispensable to the discipline,
These schemes of study aim to contribute incrementally, as students progress through each of the four years, to their knowledge, understanding and skills in four areas:
- Use of the French language
- Explicit knowledge of language
- Knowledge of aspects of the cultures, communities and societies where French is used
- Intercultural awareness and understanding
In general, the departments major degree programmes provide the opportunity to acquire social, cognitive and linguistic skills, knowledge, interests and attitudes that enable graduates to compete successfully for employment in a wide range of job markets. They also aim to produce a number of graduates who are suited for further study and/or training in the subject and then work in schools, colleges and universities.
Our over-riding aim is to produce graduates who:
- Are more clearly and reflectively aware of their own national identity, having encountered at first hand one or more foreign cultures;
- Have gained greater critical awareness of cultural stereotypes and some understanding of cultural differences, and are better equipped to represent the UK to foreigners, and foreigners to the UK;
- Have achieved a level of communicative performance (productive and receptive, oral and written) in one or more foreign languages that enables them to demonstrate their intercultural awareness;
- Have achieved high levels of literacy and cognition, and are able to transfer their knowledge and thought processes to a variety of professional contexts
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
Intended Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and understanding:
- Precise understanding of the modern spoken and written language studied, in its various styles and registers (e.g. colloquial, journalistic, literary etc.)
- General understanding of more specialised registers and usages of the contemporary language (e.g. business and commerce, academic, scientific).
- Extensive and detailed knowledge of the contemporary societies and cultures where the language is spoken, such as will inform and enhance its understanding, and the ability to engage in conversation and argument with educated native speakers.
- Knowledge and understanding of the major historical events and forces (social, political, intellectual) which have shaped those societies and cultures.
- Thorough knowledge and understanding of the grammar and syntax of the language, such as will inform correct and accurate expression, and enable one to explain them to others.
- Ability to express oneself fluently and correctly in both spoken and written language, conduct serious conversation, exchange ideas, put forward complex opinions and analyses, articulate arguments.
- Ability to paraphrase or translate quickly and accurately into and out of the language
- Capacity to further extend knowledge of the language through self-instruction and experience, so as to develop more precise understanding of and be able to use specialised registers and usages.
- Capacity to further extend knowledge and understanding of the societies and cultures where the language is spoken, through self-instruction and practical experience.
- Capacity to identify, respond sensitively to and reflect critically on cultural diversity in all its forms, including reappraising and developing critical understanding of one's own culture.
- Research skills, including identifying sources of information, evaluating their quality, extracting relevant facts and ideas, being able to synthesize information from disparate sources and reach one's own, coherently expressed views.
Transferable practical skills
- Effective oral and written communication in professional contexts.
- Retrieval and critical analysis of data, regulations, concepts etc.
- Ability to extend knowledge and understanding to other fields through research and self-instruction
- Self-management, planning, motivation, adaptability and ability to work independently
- Team-working skills: ability to collaborate, contribute to, define goals and organize group tasks.
- Interpersonal skills: listening, negotiation, persuasion, presentation.
- IT skills, including a high level of proficiency in electronic information retrieval.