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LR21 BA Politics and French (4 yrs)

French is a key international language, native to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the French Caribbean, and an official language in much of Africa and Asia.

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Introducing your degree

Dream of a career that sees you changing not just your future but the future of a nation? Want to boost your career with a second language that's spoken in over 29 countries? Then choose to study a degree in Politics and French at the University of Southampton and open the doors to a host of exciting careers in the UK and across the globe. Graduates can go onto pursue careers in teaching, translating, government and business.

Overview

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Programme Structure

As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress in French. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study and in our French Resources Room, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources.

  • In year 1,students normallytake a 50/50 balance of core modules in both subjects. However, you may take up to 15 credits per semester in the form of an alternative subject from elsewhere.
  • In your second and final year, you will have a choice of modules from both subjects, with the option of taking up to 25% of your programme in an alternative subject. A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad and for the academic work you will complete during this year.
  • The third year is spent in a French-speaking country which offers you a unique opportunity to enhance your linguistic and cultural proficiency. You can spend your year abroad as an English language assistant in a school, studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement. Most students of French go to France , however, some students have also stayed in Switzerland or Belgium, whilst others go further to Canada, Guadaloupe, Martinique or La Réunion. Our current French-speaking partner universities are Paris, Grenoble, Aix-en-Provence, Strasbourg, Angers, Lille, Geneva, Mons. While abroad you will also conduct an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.
  • The final year leaves you with a large range of options in both subjects, taking into full account that you may wish to specialise in an area that most suits your interests and combines well with what you have studied so far. This includes the option of completing dissertation in Modern Languages.

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Key Facts

Modern Languages at Southampton has been ranked in the top five universities by The Guardian every year since 2007, and we were third in 2012

Rated in the top 10 modern languages departments in the country in the most recent National Student Satisfaction Survey

Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish

Modern Languages at Southampton was in the top two for European studies in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise

A wide range of learning and teaching resources is available, including multimedia labs, electronic whiteboards and language-specific resource rooms

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB, including A in French

or

ABB including A in French and A in the Extended Project Qualification.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 at higher level French
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Applicants will be interviewed before an offer is made.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

In all years of study you will benefit our the wide range of resources (including extensive electronic and televisual facilities).

Year one modules provide an introduction to the study of cultural forms, political and historical issues, and linguistic issues.

In years two and four you will have the opportunity to concentrate on your own particular interests, selecting from a range of more specialised modules.

A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad in year three, and for the academic work you will complete during this year.

Your year abroad is an opportunity to improve your linguistic and cultural proficiency in your chosen language, and to demonstrate your ability to work independently over a sustained period.

Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

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Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

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Year 1

In each semester you will be required to follow four modules (a total of eight modules over the year). Two modules in each semester will be taken in Politics, the other two in each semester will be your French language course

French:
Choose one optional Modern Languages module (FREN / LING / LANG) in each semester.
Politics:
All modules are compulsory in year one

Semester One

Compulsory language module:
FREN9__ French Language

Compulsory Politics modules:
POLI1002 Political Systems
POLI1003 Issues in Contemporary Politics

Compulsory
LANG1017
Academic skills for Modern Language students
PAIR1001
Introduction to International Relations
PAIR1002
Political Systems
Optional
FREN1001
Modern French Culture
FREN1016
The Making of Modern French
FREN1017
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
Semester Two

Compulsory language module:
FREN9__ French Language

Compulsory
PAIR1003
Issues in Contemporary Politics
Optional
LANG1004
Reading Culture
LANG1013
Reading the City
LING1003
Applications of Linguistics

Year 2

French:
Choose one optional Modern Languages module in each semester (FREN / LING / LANG / FILM2007). You must choose at least one FREN module in the year. FILM2007 may count as a FREN module.

Politics:
Choose one optional Politics module (PAIR) in semester one and two optional Politics modules in semester two. For information about the modules available please see the Options PDF

LANG2010 is a compulsory fifth module for all second year students taking a Modern Languages degree, whether single or joint honours.

Year 3

You will spend the year abroad in a country where one of the chosen languages is spoken, either as:

  • an English language assistant
  • studying on a university course
  • on an approved work placement

Investigative Project:
Independent study project (6,000 words) supervised by a member of staff

Further information:
Year abroad

Year 4

French:
Choose one Modern Languages module (FREN / LING / LANG / FILM 3008) in each semester. At least one optional module in the year must be a FREN unit / FILM3008.
Politics:
Choose two optional Politics modules (PAIR) in each semester. For information about the modules available please see the Politics and International Relations 2nd /3rd Year Options Booklet.

Students should pick either LANG3003 or PAIR3003

Semester One

Compulsory language module:
FREN9__ French Language

Optional
LING3001
Second Language Acquisition Theory
LING3003
Advanced Syntax
LING3005
Language Teaching Theory and Practice
FREN3024
Flaubert's France
GERM3016
Language and the City
LANG3007
Translation: Theory and Practice
PAIR3004
Political Texts
PAIR3014
Globalisation and World Politics
PAIR3015
Contemporary Theories of Justice
PAIR3021
Chinese Politics
PAIR3022
Disarmament, Arms Control and International Order
PAIR3027
Political Behaviour
PAIR3028
The Politics of Transnational Migration
PAIR3032
Politics of the Media

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into the course modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We offer a number of optional employability modules.

A year abroad gives you the chance to achieve something away from education-centred activity, such as gaining relevant work experience to help form your future plans. With many employers now expecting extracurricular or voluntary experience, this can prove vital.

Your specialist skills in intercultural communication, listening and language will be highly valued by employers.

Learning & Assessment

A humanities degree at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of industries.

Led by academic staff, your teaching will allow you to engage with and contribute to the world-leading research carried out at Southampton as it happens. Our staff value your opinion and views: lectures are typically followed by a small group seminar which gives you the opportuinity to explore ideas and themes that you feel are particularly relevant. You will find yourself challenged intellectually and exposed to new ideas, approaches and perspectives. Visiting speakers from international universities and successful professionals are a frequent part of our lecture series.

Your course will be incredibly flexible to suit your personal aims and objectives. Within your degree there will be a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics passionate about their research who want to engage you in their experience. You can choose subjects from beyond your degree to fashion the knowledge and experiences that you think will best help you in the career in front of you. Each module has a home on our virtual learning environment which serves as a starting point to find out more about each subject and undertake independent research to develop your understanding to a greater depth.

You will be assessed by more than simply essays and exams. Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in groups and teams; make presentations; submit group projects; undertake fieldwork; create portfolios and manage larger research projects such as dissertations. Your academic advisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

You will find the key skills employers seek - such as time management, problem solving, team work, deadline and project management, cultural awareness, working on initiative and independently, relationship building and analysis - embedded in your learning. Above all, you will learn to communicate ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences in a way that is relevant and that they can understand.

Our courses have many unique and exciting opportunities such as visiting Chawton House Library – the former home of Jane Austen, the Broadlands Archive containing the papers of Palmerston and Mountbatten, research active fieldwork placements, placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, the student associates scheme and our extended project mentoring module. All our students have the opportunity to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities to experience a new culture.

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