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FR248 - Colonial Memory

  • Module code: FR248
  • Module name: Colonial Memory
  • Department: French Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

"Does colonialism merely belong to the past? Recent French examples show that nearly half a century after decolonisation the colonial past is still informing – and sometime haunting – public (and private) debates on immigration, ‘French-ness’ and the very nature of republicanism. This module will explore the relationship between imperialism and culture and will focus on a wide selection of materials ranging from novels, essays and feature films."

Principal learning outcomes

The first part of the module will concentrate on the colonial era (1880-1960) and assess the impact of French colonial discourses and counter-discourses on imagination (or more specifically on what is referred to as 'l'imaginaire' in French). The second part will evaluate the use of the colonial past in contemporary culture.

Timetabled teaching activities

Teaching will be by a combination of lecture and seminar; there will be one lecture and one seminar per week.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FR248-15)
C (Assessed/examined work) 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:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Portuguese (R1R5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Italian and European Literature (RQ32) - Year 3