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FR421 - Politics & Violence in Modern France

  • Module code: FR421
  • Module name: Politics & Violence in Modern France
  • Department: French Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

In this module we will study a distinctive aspect of modern French politics. France has a long history of violence in revolution, counter-revolution, coup d’etat, foreign occupation and protracted colonial wars, not to mention lower-level violence on the streets and in factories. We will look at theories and reflections on political violence, including those of Georges Sorel, Frantz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. We will also examine actual moments of particularly intense violence - including: Occupation and Resistance, 1940-1944; the Algerian struggle for independence, 1954-1962; and May 1968 – and ask whether the contemporary French political scene is much less prone to violence than in the past.

Principal learning outcomes

"By the end of the module we will be in a position to fully address such questions as: ‘Is political violence always wrong?’ and ‘Does liberal democracy represent a real advance over other, more obviously violent forms of political arrangements? "

Timetabled teaching activities

One lecture and one seminar per week.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/french/current/ug/modules/finalyear/politics_and_violence

Other essential notes

not available in 2011-12

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FR421-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Undergraduate Italian with French (R3R1) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Spanish Studies and French Studies (R4R1) - Year 4
Optional
  • Undergraduate Politics with French (M1RC) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate English and French (QR3A) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French Studies (R101) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with International Studies (R1MA) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate French with International Studies (R1MA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Spanish (R1R4) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French Studies with German (R1RA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Italian (R1RB) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French and History (R1VA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with Theatre Studies (R1W4) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French with Film Studies (R1WA) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate French and Italian Studies (RR13) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate History of Art and French (V3R1) - Year 4