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FREN2007 Immigration, Race and Ethnicity in France

Module Overview

This module gives students a practical understanding of the importance of the questions of immigration, race and ethnicity in France.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Examine the key issues raised by immigration in contemporary France • Enable you to relate these issues to the social, political and cultural contexts of contemporary France

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Core issues related to recent immigration and its impact in the French cultural context
  • Relevant concepts and theoretical tools for this area necessary for analysing the material and dealing with it appropriately
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Employ correct referencing methods and construct bibliographies
  • Plan and carry out independent research and learning
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate conceptual and analytical skills in relation to the material studied
  • Evaluate sources of information in relation to one another and locate and analyse key arguments


This module will examine the issues raised by immigration in contemporary France. The introductory segment will act as an overview of patterns of immigration into France since World War II, and examine the key concepts of race, ethnicity and multiculturalism necessary for understanding this area. After this, the policy and politics of the last three decades will be examined in relation to the implications for a French politics of nationality. The module will explore the issues of multiculturalism, racism and anti-racism in France. Contrasting material from the UK will be examined to give a comparative focus to the issues raised.. The interaction of race and gender will be analysed, together with the evolution of ethnic cultures and the emergence of ‘second generation’ ethnic culture.

Special Features

Lectures will provide overviews of each topic or issue which you will then develop through your preparation of readings and seminar questions given in advance. In the seminars you will be expected to engage actively with your classmates’ presentation work and to participate in discussions based on your own preparation of the material each week. Knowledge and understanding will be developed through your attendance at lectures, your independent study and your writing of essays. The two essays give you the opportunity to take further your engagement with these texts and to integrate the skills developed over the module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • weekly lecture • weekly seminar Learning activities include • seminar presentation • independent learning in preparation for weekly classes

Follow-up work4
Preparation for scheduled sessions2
Wider reading or practice40
Completion of assessment task40
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Alec Hargreaves (1995). Immigration, ‘race’ and ethnicity in contemporary France. 

Yamina Benguigui (1997). Mémoires d’immigrés. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-module feedback  seminar presentations  individual consultations on essay plans


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 50%
Essay  (2000 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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