FRENCH AND ECONOMICS (BA)
Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36
This joint degree gives you an in-depth knowledge of French language and culture while developing your ability as an analyst of international economic phenomena.
This joint degree gives you an in-depth knowledge of French language and culture while developing your ability as an analyst of international economic phenomena. 50% of your degree will be in Economics and 50% in the School of Modern Languages. The French side of your degree will extend your understanding of the language, literature, culture, society and politics of France and the Francophone world, whilst in Economics you will study the choices of consumers, corporations, governments, networks and nations, developing a deep knowledge of global and local economic trends, institutions and policies. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.
In your first year, you will follow one compulsory language module, designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken French, including grammar. You will also take the core module Story of Modern France, where you will examine primary texts from major periods and events in French history, literature and politics, to provide you with the foundation to study further aspects of French and Francophone culture in the later stages of your degree. Additionally, you'll have two core modules in Economics.
Having acquired foundation skills in your first year, you will go on to develop your language skills, on our compulsory language modules in the second and final years, and your own particular interests beyond the language. Our modules reflect the research specialism of academics in the French department and cover a broad range of subjects in French and Francophone culture, society, literature, politics, philosophy, film and history. In your second and final year, you will have a core and an optional Economics module.
We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.
12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).
Seminars generally involve around 15 students
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.
You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:
- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school
- Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country
- On a work placement
Currently, the most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.
The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.
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A level: AAB to include French and GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or equivalent
IB: 36 to include 5 at IB Higher Level French and either GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7, or 5 in Higher Level/6 in Standard Level Maths
You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. You must meet essential subject requirements.
- Essential subjects A Level in French at minimum grade B/HL5 and GCSE Mathematics grade A or equivalent.
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
Modern French Language 1
The Story of Modern France
You will develop an understanding of fundamental and intermediate concepts in micro- and macroeconomic analysis, equipping you with a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and mathematical methods. This will develop your ability to analyse economic trends, institutions and politics and the capacity to apply analytical techniques to real-world problems.
Modern French Language 2
You will develop deeper understanding of economic concepts and be introduced to new concepts in both micro- and macroeconomic analysis. These include material drawn from general equilibrium, welfare economics, game theory, rational expectations and time consistency. It will introduce you to the analysis of public policy issues such as market failure and counter-inflation policy, and give you a range of tools to analyse economic problems. Your analysis will be underpinned by a rigorous theoretical understanding acquired on the course.
Modern French Language 3
Research in Applied Economics
You will have the opportunity to deepen and consolidate your knowledge by applying your understanding of economic theory to a research question that arouses your curiosity. You will use a combination of economic analysis and statistical and econometric techniques to formulate and pursue your research interest, supported by lectures on research methodology and supervision by a member of academic staff, who will support your research towards an independent project. The work will increase your confidence in formulating economic questions, and the scientific method of developing a suitable approach, conducting a literature review and data searches, identifying and testing hypotheses and using your findings to construct coherent, persuasive scholarly arguments, presented in both written and oral form..
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying
French - Postcolonial Literatures in French; Literatures of the Great War; French Cinema; Modern French Thinkers; Prelude to Revolution; France and the World since 1945; The Right in France, from Dreyfus Affair to Le Pen; Symbolism and Decadence in Fin-de-siècle Paris; Modern Masterpieces; Representations of the Holocaust.
Paris and Modernity; Policing, Pacification, and Prisons: Coercive Governance in French Culture, History, and Thought from 1925 to the present; Modern Sexualities; Slavery and After: Writing the Francophone Caribbean; The Left and the Trade Unions in France; French Cinema and Society from 1990 to the present; Politics and Violence in Modern France; Animals in Medieval Literature; Anarchist Culture in Belle Epoque Paris; Occupation: Everyday life in Vichy France 1940-1944.
Economics - Economics of Public Policy; Behavioural Economics; War and Economy; Topics in Applied Economics; Justice, Democracy and Citizenship.
Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:
British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.
Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.
A level AAB to include French and GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or equivalent
IB 36 to include 5 at IB Higher Level French and either GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7, or 5 in Higher Level/6 in Standard Level Maths
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time,including a year abroad
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and overseas in a French-speaking country (at a partner institution or working as a language assistant/on a work placement).
Find out more about fees and funding
The cost of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts. Please note that Economics textbooks may also need to be purchased for this course. Undergraduate students can obtain many required texts from the University Library. We estimate photocopying/printing for essays could cost approximately £25 per year. Study trips are offered to students on some modules; in many cases the costs are covered or subsidised. No trips are compulsory, but costs could amount to £30 per year.
This information is applicable for 2019 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.