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FR224 Summative Essay Titles

For this module, you may choose to be examined EITHER entirely by a formal three-hour examination (OMR Method: B), OR entirely by assessed work, consisting of TWO assessed essays, each of 4,000-4,500 words in length (OMR: Method A), or by a combination of the two (OMR: Method C), i.e. a formal two-hour examination plus ONE assessed essay of 4,000-4,500 words in length. Whether you choose method A, B, or C, please make sure that, across your assessment as a whole, you focus on at least THREE of the FOUR GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS covered in this module (the four areas being sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, the Caribbean, and the Pacific).

These are summative essay titles, which means that the mark for this essay will count toward your end-of-year assessment and your degree classification.



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, 1 – 2.30 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 submitting summative work in term 2 will receive feedback on their work in week 7 of term 2, and students submitting summative work in term 3 will receive feedback on it 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 the relevant tutor in their office hours to discuss your performance once you have received the feedback for your assessed work.

PROPOSED TITLES FOR ESSAYS - based on 2 novels at least studied on this module:

1. A comparative analysis of the notion of assimilation in two texts studied in this module.

2. A comparative analysis of the use of French and other (local) languages in two texts studied in this module.

3. ‘Francophone literature has helped former French colonies to emancipate themselves from France'. Comment with reference to two texts studied in this module.

4. A comparative analysis of the use and the interaction of private and public memories in two texts studied in this module.

5. A comparative analysis of gender relations in two texts studied in this module.

6. 'We must "get back" to history, but which one?' (Robert Young). Explore the treatment of history in two texts that you have studied on this module.

7. Analyse and compare the way in which guilt and victimhood are represented.

8. In consultation with one of the module tutors, you may make up your own essay title.