What Will You Study

Taught by lecturers who conduct internationally respected research into the languages and cultures of France and the French speaking world, your degree course gives you the opportunity to acquire both high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of French cultures and societies within a global context. Our degrees place emphasis on practical language work and communication skills, with opportunities at every stage to study aspects of the culture, thought, society and institutions of French-speaking countries. Besides your core language and culture courses, you’ll be able to choose from a broad range of specialist French courses and cultural, historical and political courses promoting comparative understanding of countries within Europe and beyond.

You begin your degree with core courses including Advanced or Intensive French oral and written language and ‘Shaping Contemporary France: Culture, Politics and the Legacy of History’. You will also be able to choose comparative modules, such as ‘Understanding Culture’ and ‘Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain’.

Spending your third year either studying or working in a French speaking country is compulsory. The year abroad makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity.

In your fourth year, you will continue developing your core French language oral and written skills. You can combine this with a choice of specialist culture courses, such as ‘Forms of Modernity and the Modernity of Forms in French Literature: 1850-2000’ and ‘Francophone Voices: Literature and Film from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Canada’.

If you take a Single Major degree in French you will expand your interest in a particular topic from your second year studies and develop your own specialist Dissertation.