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French Theatre of the First Empire: Enhancing Research-Based Learning

Katherine Astbury, Department of French Studies, University of Warwick

In the course of a new French module on Revolution and Empire, students will be involved in the process of digitally preserving one of the University’s most significant special collections, the Marandet collection of 18th- and 19th-century plays by selecting the plays to be preserved and then producing original research based on ‘their’ plays. They will therefore have opportunities for collaborative original research rarely offered at undergraduate level. Indeed, the opportunity to take responsibility for the digitisation and literary contextualisation of a primary text is unique and represents a significant development in the way in which extra-curricular activity can be integrated into the curriculum. This article describes the module design and discusses possible issues around assessment of the learning outcomes arising from students’ activities.

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