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FR251 - France & the World since 1945

  • Module code: FR251
  • Module name: France & the World since 1945
  • Department: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

For any country, relations with the rest of the world are important for reasons of self-esteem, national unity, the economy and culture. In this module we will study the place of France in the world from 1945 to the present. France emerged from the Second World War divided and humiliated, and this had a significant effect on its foreign relations for many years, in particular on its relations with its colonies and former colonies. In this chronologically-organised module we will trace how France negotiated its way through the foreign relations thickets of the IVth Republic (1946-1958) to a period of greater stability, arguably with aims more grandiose than realistic, under de Gaulle (1958-1969) and after.

Principal learning outcomes

This international context will perhaps help us understand how France has become more like other industrialised countries over time, in what has become known as the ‘end of French exceptionalism’

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lecture and seminar

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Other essential notes

not available 2011-12

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FR251-15)
A (Assessed work only) 4000-4500 word essay 100%
C1 (Assessed/examined work) 2000-2500 word essay 50%
  1 hour examination (Summer) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Portuguese (R1R5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Italian and European Literature (RQ32) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History of Art and French (V3R1) - Year 2