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MO3222   French Fancy and Cool Britannia? Franco-British Cultural Relations from the Seven Years' War to the French Revolution

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

This module examines the relationship between France, Britain, and their empires, from c. 1750 until 1789. Franco-British relations in this period have been widely assumed to be wholly belligerent and antagonistic: the two nations were, after all, direct competitors for markets, colonial possessions and prestige. But how accurate is this construction? Were Franco-British relations consistently characterised by competitive warmongering, confrontation, and distrust? This course investigates the extent and nature of contact between the two countries, and asks how such interactions affected France's economy, culture and national identity. We study the waxing and waning of France's empire and the impact of British competition on France's economic and industrial development. We then delve into the cultural and intellectual exchanges between the two countries, asking how ideas and cultural artefacts circulated (or failed to circulate) across the Channel, and what impact this had on French culture and society.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: 4,000 - to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr S Easterby-Smith