What Will You Study

The degree in French Studies with Chinese combines the study of the languages and cultures of France and the French speaking world, with the study of Chinese language and culture.

Taught by lecturers who conduct internationally respected research, 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. Besides your core language courses, you'll be able to choose from a broad range of specialist cultural, historical and political courses promoting comparative understanding of countries within Europe and beyond.

You begin your degree with courses in Advanced or Intensive French oral and written language, as well as our core module, an introduction to French Cultural Studies. You will also study the core Chinese module which is designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Language or Culture.

In the second year, you will study French language modules and the core module Shaping Contemporary France: Culture, Politics and the Legacy of History. You will be able to choose three further comparative modules, such as Understanding Culture; and Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain. You will also study Chinese Language modules, which will build on the intensive language introduction given in your first year through further language tuition and understanding of the structure of Chinese.

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 French language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity.

In your fourth year, you will continue to develop your core French language oral and written skills. You can combine this with a choice of specialist culture courses, such as Love, Religion and Society in the 18th Century French Novel; and Francophone Voices: Literature and Film from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Canada. In this final year of your degree, you will also study Chinese Culture and Society alongside a further Chinese language module.