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FR4180 Modern French Thought

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module will focus on the notions of identity and community as they have been thought and expressed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, at the intersection between philosophy, literature and film. What does it mean to be together or 'be with'? Who or what do we identify with? Who is 'we'? Who can say 'we' and on behalf of whom? These questions are relevant to the reflection on cultural as opposed to national identity, especially in the context of globalisation. Notions of migration(s), language, representation and participation will be central to this module. Authors on the programme will include Hélène Cixous, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Nancy and Marc Crépon. This module will be taught primarily in French.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all MA degrees involving French

UG Pre-requisite(s):FR2022 or FR2032

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 16
  • Guided independent study: 134

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr E Laügt
Module teaching staff:Dr E Laügt