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French/Philosophy (4 years)

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

Program description

French/Philosophy (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and the School of English, Communication and Philosophy aim to develop and educate their students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining French and Philosophy you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

There are two related aspects of the Philosophy course at Cardiff that mark it out among Russell Group universities. One is that there is a strong emphasis on ethics, politics, and aesthetics among the modules on offer. The other is that our research and teaching are spread equally across the ‘analytic’ and ‘Continental’ styles of Western philosophy, allowing students to develop a full understanding of both, with the possibility of an informed choice to specialise in one approach or the other.

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

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.

We offer French for both advanced students and beginners. In terms of language acquisition, this course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities and audio-visual materials. 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. Applicants holding a B in French will have access to the Languages advanced pathway. Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking 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

  • National and Global Perspectives on France
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Four Great Works in Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking
  • 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
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics 
  • French Existentialism
  • Modern Moral Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Epistemology
  • Credoau'r Cymry
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Feminism
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Damcaniaethu a Dadfeilio’r Gymdeithas Gyfalafol
  • Aesthetics
  • ENCAP Employability Module
  • 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
  • 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
  • Metaethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • The Problem of Consciousness
  • Dissertation in Philosophy
  • Cyfiawnder Byd-eang
  • Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng Nghymru
  • Cognition and Technology
  • Animal Minds
  • The Social Imagination
  • Modern German Philosophy
  • Athroniaeth Crefydd
  • Belief & Irrationality
  • Desires, Emotions and Happiness
  • Ethics of Knowing
  • Beauty & Ethics
  • Moral Responsibility

Tuition fees

The full tuition fees for UK and EU Students is £9,000.The tuition fees for Students from outside the EU is £18,200

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 critically evaluate a range of issues within contemporary moral and political philosophy, through careful study of a range of academic debates and texts over particular issues of contemporary social relevance.

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.
  • Analytical and argumentative skills, by isolating key arguments in contemporary philosophical writings and constructing careful critiques of those arguments
  • Intellectual skills of reading, analysing, critiquing, discussing, and writing.
  • Skills in the interpretation and critical evaluation of texts.
  • The ability to reach conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of views and arguments, justifying these with sound reasoning and detailed interpretations of source material.

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.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • 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 understand, structure and critically evaluate the key points and arguments made in written texts and discussions.
  • The ability to formulate and articulate your critical thinking, both orally and on paper, in ways that professional philosophers and your peers can grasp and engage with.
  • The ability to organise and coordinate workloads.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • 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.
  • Skills 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 studies, 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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