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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title French Literature and Film
Module Code FR290
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Maria Loftus
Semester 2: Maria Loftus
Autumn: Maria Loftus
Module TeachersDervila Cooke
Maria Loftus
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

Students will study several major modern and contemporary French and/or Francophone literary and cinematic works in order to develop their analytical, reading, and aural skills, as well as their understanding of artistic production and of French-speaking cultures. Students will explore the cultural and literary background from which these works emerged and develop a critical toolkit for the analysis of literary text and film in French. The module is delivered through French/English.

Learning Outcomes

1. Interpret literary and filmic artefacts arising out of the contemporary French-speaking world
2. Identify the socio-cultural backgrounds to these films and or texts
3. In written expression (and oral expression, where appropriate), display a good understanding of the cultural, artistic and literary trends that shaped the contemporary French-speaking world
4. Manipulate relevant critical tools for an informed understanding of these films and/or texts
5. Inscribe his/her written critical discourse in an organised, structured and informed manner

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study103Revision of class discussions, homework, independent reading, independent research and viewing, in preparation for in-class discussion and for the written examination
Seminars22Participation in group discussions in class, study of structures of the works studied in this module, development of a critical toolkit for analysis of literary and cinematic works.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

indicative content
This course has been designed to help students develop and use important analytical and interpretive skills. In class, students are introduced to the structure, internal coherence and themes of the works studied and develop their ability to use the correct terminology in analysis. Students acquire experience of identifying and critically discussing the psychological or social issues dealt with by authors, recognising how a work is related to the socio-cultural and literary movement from which it emerged, and considering the evolution of literary styles and movements in modern and contemporary literary and cinematic works.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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