ATS3849 - Build your own research project in French studies - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

French Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Benjamin Andreo


Dr Benjamin Andreo

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


French Proficient 1 and two, second or third year French studies core units.

Or at least 30 credit points from the core units sequence.


The unit allows students to build on the critical and analytical skills acquired through French Studies core units by developing a research project tailored to their disciplinary interests. Students are encouraged to pursue in consultation with the unit coordinator a topic of their choice.

For instance, students with an interest in French film could undertake a research project on any particular director, genre, or theme in French cinema. Students interested in contemporary France, could undertake a project on the current debate regarding Islam in French society or the narrative construct around Republican values. Throughout the unit, students are exposed to research methodologies and approaches. They will be guided throughout their project by staff and peers to a successful completion of the project. This finished project could conceivably form a strong basis for further studies at Honours level.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. develop a research proposal and methodology;
  2. identify the key resources relevant to the topic through the completion of a literature review;
  3. critically analyse sources and/or data using relevant theoretical frameworks;
  4. produce a research essay or video presentation in French.


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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