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FR422 Summative Essay Titles

Students following assessment method I (Examination and Assessed Essay) are required to write one assessed essay of 2,000-2,500 words on one of the following topics (or negotiate a different title with Nick).

  1. ‘Predilection for revolt has, paradoxically, prevented the emergence of solid left political culture in France.’ Discuss.
  2. Is the Mitterrand era best described as a failed socialist experiment?
  3. How did the PS once more become a party of government in 2012?
  4. Why is the French trade union movement so different from the British trade union movement?
  5. What role has the far left played in French politics since 1968?
  6. Explain the apparent decline of the left-wing intellectual.
  7. ‘After the Hollande presidency and catastrophic elections in 2017, the PS is a thing of the past.’ Discuss.

Students following assessment method II (100% Assessed work only) are required to write one essay of 4,000-5,000 words on an approved topic. Please follow the guidelines given under 'Assessment for this module'. Acceptable titles for this assessment method include the following (they might also include the titles under assessment method I, above, or you may negotiate a different title with Nick):

  1. Explain the success followed by the decline of the PCF.
  2. Did May 1968 trigger the resurgence of the left in France?

3.‘To thrive, the left in France needs an activist base and it needs periodic revolt.’ Discuss.

  1. Is or was the PS social democratic?
  2. Explain the role of the intellectual in left politics in France.


You may, If you wish, discuss the same text/thinker in a summative assignment as you have discussed in a piece of formative assignment, but you must not reproduce in part or whole any of your formative assignment in your summative assignment.

You will receive guidance and support in the writing of your summative essay in the following ways:

  1. Refresher workshop on essay-writing skills (Weds 18th November, Teaching Grid, 2.45 – 4.15 pm). This is OPTIONAL
  2. One hour in the module programme will be devoted to a discussion / workshop on the assessment for the module.
  3. Students taking 15 CATs modules in term 2 will receive feedback on their work in week 7 of term 3. All marks received at this stage will be provisional. Please note that you are welcome to come and see me in my office hours to discuss your performance once you have received the feedback for your assessed work.

You should note that in the examination for this module, you will not be permitted to answer a question relating to material on which you have submitted an assessed essay.

Assessment procedures for TiFFCs