ATS3071 - France on film - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

French Studies


Dr Benjamin Andreo

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit introduces students to a variety of French films, with particular emphasis on leading directors from the New Wave to the present. It aims to develop awareness of specific contemporary cinematic genres and styles, the interaction between films and their social and cultural contexts and different critical approaches to film. The unit covers social issues such as the malaise of youth, consumerism, urban problems, national identity, immigration and women's position in society. It is open to students from other disciplines without prior background in French, while enabling French studies students to use their skills in reading and interpreting the films and secondary sources.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand, discuss and analyse different cinematic genres and styles of contemporary French cinema
  2. Develop and express an understanding of the socio-cultural context of contemporary France
  3. Understand, discuss and analyse the ways in which selected French films reflect on and interpret social and cultural issues in contemporary France
  4. Develop an ability to engage with written and visual texts and to understand a body of critical writing in the field Additional objective for students in French
  5. Develop a knowledge of specialist critical language in relation to film studies Additional objective for third year students:
  6. Develop a deeper understanding of theoretical debates in the field of contemporary French cinema and culture.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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