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French/Spanish (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2021
Application deadline: UK/EU 15 Jan; International 30 June

Program description

French/Politics (4 years)

The School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics aims to develop and educate its students to become ‘global citizens’.  By combining French and Politics, 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.

The field of politics allows you to explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy or accountability as well as incorporating international relations.

Modules are varied, allowing you to explore how politics works in Britain and further afield as well as investigate how public policy is made. Other strands of work discuss justice, democracy, human rights and international relations; providing you with a broad understanding of politics tailored to your own particular needs.

Throughout the programme, in addition to developing high-level language skills, students gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of French cultures allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and 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 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 relevant language A-levels will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note that 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

  • Understanding Hispanidad in a Global Context
  • National and Global Perspectives on France
  • Advanced Spanish Language Year 1
  • Beginners Spanish Language Year 1
  • Advanced French Language Year 1
  • Beginners French Language Year 1
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Spanish
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Spanish
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 French
  • The World & Language of Business (Spanish Ex-Beginners)
  • Introduction to Catalan Language & Culture
  • Cultures in Context (Spanish)
  • The World & Language of Business (Spanish)
  • Introduction to Specialised Translation
  • The World & Language of Business (French Ex-Beginners)
  • Cultures in Context (French)
  • The World & Language of Business (French)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Spanish, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Work Placement (Spanish, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Work Placement
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad
  • 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 Spanish Language
  • High-Level Proficiency in French Language
  • Crime & Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture
  • Final Year Dissertation - Spanish (in Spanish)
  • Final Year Dissertation - Spanish (in English/Welsh)
  • Catalan Language & Society
  • Hispanic Cultures at the Margins
  • 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

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition fees

tuition fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

tuition fees for students from outside the EU is £18,200

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.

Intellectual Skills

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

  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English, French and Spanish.
  • Applying a range of strategies to initiate and undertake analysis of information.
  • Reaching conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of views and arguments, justifying these with sound reasoning and detailed interpretations of source material.
  • Relevant and effective research techniques to plan and write an academic essay, using the correct referencing conventions.
  • Critical evaluation of ideas and arguments, through the coherent presentation of information and ideas using a plethora of written and oral skills.

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.

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.
  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture and literature of France and Spain.
  • 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.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

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Cardiff University

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