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BA Hons French Studies and Geography


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Lancaster Environment Centre
UCAS Code: LR71 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Not Defined Director of Studies: Dr AM Folkard
Total Credit Points: 390 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 30 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 1 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 2 modules from the following group:
  • The student must take 2 modules from the following group:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 4)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • The student must take 3 modules from the following group:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • The French Studies and Geography Programme combines modules from two cognate disciplines to provide a broadly-based integrated programme of study focused on the analysis of economy, society, culture and language. French Studies and Geography  encompass linguistic, artistics, humanities and social science approaches. It enables students to focus on diverse topics such as: Cities and Globalization; Environment, Politics and Society in Amazonia; Global Consumption and combine them with studies of French language, and Francophone culture and history. This specialist degree combines seminars, workshops, lectures, and fieldwork. The third year of this four year degree scheme is spent in a Francophone country in order to develop language skills and an appreciation of Francophone culture.  It also offers the opportunity to undertake other fieldwork overseas, for example in Croatia, New York City or the Brazilian Amazon.

    The programme aims to:

    • Provide an integrated, flexible, but structured training in French Studies and Geography which will provide students with knowledge and understanding appropriate for subject-specific graduate employment.
    • Develop key transferable skills to prepare students for more general graduate employment.
    • Develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary for progression to postgraduate research and training.
    • Encourage academic curiosity which will prepare students for lifelong learning.
    • Offer a choice of modules which will give students experience across the spectrum of  Geography.
    • Contribute to students' knowledge, understanding and skills in their use of the French language
    •  Build students' knowledge and understanding of linguistic structures of French
    •  Develop students' awareness of aspects of the cultures, communities and societies where French is used
    • Develop students' awareness of the history of France and its relationship with the Francophone world
    • Offer students the opportunity to conduct an extended independent essay on a topic of their choice. 

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates with Honours will be able to:

    • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of key subject areas in Geography. Depending on module options this will include an understanding of: Development and sustainability; Political geography, inequality and justice; Cultural geography, globalisation and urbanisation; Society, environment and climate; Geographies of nature; Geographies of food and consumption; Environmental management.
    • Follow a serious debate or speech in French in the spoken media and communicate the gist of it; construct sophisticated arguments without a script; express cogent opinions on their own society, that of France and global issues, and articulate arguments and/or analyses in French
    • Translate advanced passages of French into an appropriate form
    • Demonstrate sufficient awareness of aspects of the culture of French-speaking cultures to be able to make connections between language, history, society and culture
    • Demonstrate self awareness and sensitivity to diversity in people and cultures, and be more able to apply knowledge of French speaking cultures in a professional context
    • Reappraise their knowledge of British history and culture in light of experience of French culture
    • Demonstrate enhanced levels of proficiency in French and their independence, self-awareness and capacity for decision making
    • Demonstrate insight into cultural difference and knowledge of history, culture and outlook of French-speaking countries
    • Synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
    • Create, analyse and interpret textual, cartographic, and numerical (e.g. census) data.
    • Assess the merits of contrasting theories, explanations and policies in geography.
    • Construct a reasoned argument and use intellectual integrity.
    • Identify ethical issues in geographical debates, as a citizen and researcher.
    • Work independently and as part of a team.
    • Use relevant information and communication technology and demonstrate effective asynchronous (e.g. written) and synchronous (e.g. oral) communication skills.
    • Demonstrate an ability to learn new, diverse and complex material.
    • Take responsibility for, and reflect on one's learning, at university and later in life.

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