Contemporary French Civilization and Institutions of the French society

Course Information
TitleΣύγχρονος Γαλλικός Πολιτισμός και Θεσμοί της Γαλλικής κοινωνίας / Contemporary French Civilization and Institutions of the French society
Title in FrenchCivilisation française contemporaine et institutions sociales
SchoolFrench Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280006351

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours2
Total Hours26
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
- Know the main features of modern French civilization and institutions in relation to European civilization. - Understand introductory cultural theories. - Acquaint with the principles of diversity and interculturality. - Acquire an interdisciplinary perspective in the field of foreign language teaching. - Practice data analysis through print and digital bibliography.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Modern French Culture, and institutions of French society. This course studies contemporary French culture and the institutions of French society. Among other things, it approaches the organization of modern French society, its political system, its culture and impact on the world as well as the interactions of the French culture with other cultures. 1. Introductory concepts: civilization and culture 2. Major historical events of 20th century France (I) 3. Major historical events of 20th century France (II) 4. The organization of the French political system 5. French and European institutions 6. The image of modern France in the world: Europe, France, Globalization 7. Aspects of French society (I) 8. Aspects of French society (II) 9. The daily life of the French 10. France in science and technology 11. The artistic trends in 20th century France 12. The Age of the Intellectuals: Philosophy and Letters 13. The lesson of civilization in the F.L.E. (Français Langue Étrangère)
Civilization, culture, french institutions, french society
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Use of technology in teaching and learning, power point etc. E-learning
Course Organization
Reading Assigment301.2
Written assigments401.6
Student Assessment
The evaluation of the degree will depend upon either a written test which will be administered at the end of the semester (duration: 2.5 hours) and some written works based on a topic addressed in the course (tests, essays etc.).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
AGULHON Maurice, NOUSCHI André, La France de 1940 à nos jours, Paris, éditions Fernand-Nathan, 1972 CHEVALIER Jean-Pierre, Histoire des institutions et des régimes politiques de la France, Dalloz, 2009 DIGUET Jérôme, Dictionnaire des institutions françaises, Bruxelles, Université de Boeck, 1999 DUBY Georges, MANDROU Robert, Histoire de la civilisation française XVIIe – XXe siècle, Paris, Armand Colin, 2e édition, 1958, p. 265-371 GOETSCHEL Pascale, LOYER Emmanuelle, Histoire culturelle et intellectuelle de la France au XXe siècle, Paris, Armand Colin, coll. : « Cursus », série « Littérature », 1995 LECLERC Gérard, La Mondialisation culturelle. Les civilisations à l’épreuve, Paris, PUF, 2000 MORIN Edgar, Pour sortir du XXe siècle, Paris, Fernand Nathan, coll. : « Points/Essais », 1981 MORIN Edgar, Pour une politique de civilisation, Arlea, 2002 MORIN Edgar, Pour entrer dans le XXIème siècle, Points, 2004 MORIN Edgar, L'Europe à deux visages. Humanisme et barbarie, Paris, Lemieux éditeur, 2015 RÉMOND René, Introduction à l'histoire de notre temps – 3. Le XXe siècle, de 1914 à nos jours, Paris, Seuil, coll. : « Points Histoire », 2002 [1974] THORAVAL Jean, Les grandes étapes de la civilisation française, Paris, Bordas, 1983 [1978], p. 395-620 TODOROV Tzvetan, Face à l'extrême, Paris, Seuil, coll. : « La couleur des idées », 1991
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