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French/History (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

Program description

French/History (4 years)

The School of Modern Languages and the School of History, Archaeology and Religion aim to develop and educate its students to become ‘global citizens’.  By combining French and History, you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment and further study, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

Our History programmes give you an insight into processes of change from the ancient world through to the modern period. You may study the history of societies in diverse parts of the globe, including India, China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and Wales.

You will learn to think independently, assess the strengths and weaknesses of a body of historical evidence for yourself, and present your findings clearly. Our friendly academic staff will be on hand to guide you and provide full and constructive feedback throughout your studies.

France is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. French is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations.

In addition to developing high-level French language skills, you will gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of French culture. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

We offer French for both advanced students and beginners. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to French history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a French-speaking country at first hand. 

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study. 

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules. 

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of language proficiency, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of French history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB Please note that Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

  • History in Practice Part 1: Questions, Frameworks and Audiences.
  • National and Global Perspectives on France
  • A World Full of Gods
  • Projecting the Past: Film, Media and Heritage
  • The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970
  • Making Global Histories: Asia and the West
  • Inventing a Nation: Politics, Culture and Heritage
  • Medieval Worlds, AD 500 -1500
  • Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution
  • Reading Latin1
  • Reading Latin 2
  • Reading Greek 1
  • Reading Greek 2
  • Advanced French Language Year 1
  • Beginners French Language Year 1
  • Cultures in Context (French)
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 French
  • Now and Next: From Academia to Employment (30 Credits)
  • Approaches to History
  • Exploring Historical Debate
  • Entangled Histories: Wales and the wider World,1714-1858
  • War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250
  • Heresy and Dissent, 1000-1450 
  • Poverty and Relief in Medieval Europe 
  • Reformation and Revolution: Stuart Britain, 1603-1714
  • From Dreyfus to the National Front: France, 1898-2012
  • A Great Leap Forward China Transformed, 1840-present
  • Europe between the two World Wars
  • The American Revolution
  • From King Coal to Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000
  • Radicalism and the Common People, 1789-1880
  • Urban Visions, Rural Dreams: City and Country in Britain and the United States, 1850-2000
  • India and The Raj, 1857-1947
  • The Search for an Asian Modern: Japanese History from 1800 to the Post-War Era
  • Martyrs and Collaborators: Catholicism behind the Iron Curtain 
  • Europe, East and West, 1945-1995
  • The Soviet Century: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-1991
  • Making Empires: Britain and the World, 1541-1714
  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French)
  • High-Level Proficiency in French Language
  • Dissertation
  • The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087
  • Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval Europe
  • The Military Orders, 1100-1320 
  • Kingship: Image and Power, c.1000-1399
  • Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and Ireland
  • From Bismarck to Goebbels: Biography and Modern German History, 1870-1945
  • Germany's New Order in Europe, 1933-1945
  • Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945
  • Fascism and Anti-Fascism in France
  • Race, Sex and Empire: Britain and India, 1765-1929
  • Wales, the English reform movement and the French Revolution of 1789
  • Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War Era
  • Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain, 1880-1918
  • Remembering the Holocaust in Germany: Coming to Terms with the Past?
  • Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales, 1918-39
  • Health and Medicine in Early Modern Britain
  • Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet Russia
  • Czechoslovakia: The View from Central Europe
  • From Hernando de Soto to the Seven Years' War: Accommodation, Violence and Networks in Native American History
  • The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture, 1800-1914
  • The Arts in War and Peace: Culture and Politics in Britain, c.1930-1960
  • Culture, Political Protest & Dissent in the 1960s 
  • European Cinema: Thinking the Real of Fiction
  • Student Teaching Module
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in English/Welsh)
  • Final Year Dissertation - French (in French)
  • Multimedia Adaptation: Film, Television & Radio
  • Conflict, Consensus & The French Labour Movement
  • The War Against the Jews: Antisemitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish Experience

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £17,700

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • The ability to explain and apply concepts such as periodisation, national history and comparative approaches.
  • The ability to draw conclusions about historical practice from the use of case studies relating to particular areas of historical debate.
  • The ability to make connections between a range of different primary source materials, and historiographical debated and theoretical concepts.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of France and French speaking countries.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and French.
  • The ability to identify and interpret a variety of primary sources.
  • The ability to effectively formulate and present analysis and arguments clearly and concisely in both written and oral form.
  • The ability to identify strengths, weaknesses and problems, or identify alternative historical or historiographical interpretations of key themes.
  • The ability to apply a range of techniques to initiate and undertake analysis of information.
  • The ability to think critically and challenge assumptions.
  • The ability to formulate and justify arguments and conclusions and present appropriate supporting evidence.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • The ability to identify strengths, weaknesses, problems, and or peculiarities of alternative historical/historiographical interpretations.
  • The ability to distinguish between popular and professional histories.
  • The ability to explain historical processes.
  • Historical analysis skills.
  • Knowledge of the broad themes and developments considered in the course through a case study of an event.
  • Time management skills and an ability to independently organise study methods and workload.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Skills when working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • The ability to identify, record and communicate your relevant career attainments.

Career opportunities

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their graduation, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

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