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BA in French Studies and Spanish Studies (Full Time)

Lancaster University

Bachelor Degree , French Studies

Course Description

Taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures, our approach enables you to acquire high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of French and Spanish cultures and societies within a global context. This degree includes an international placement in year 3.

You’ll begin your degree with French and Spanish courses which both have a language-specific cultural component.  You will also study a minor subject of your choice, which may be another language.

Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will also study the culture, politics and history of France and Spain in more depth, as well as selecting courses which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond.

Spending your third year abroad gives you the opportunity to greatly improve your language proficiency while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement.  As a joint major student, you can spend your time in a French- or Spanish-speaking country, or split the year between the two.

In your fourth year, you will continue developing your core French and Spanish language skills. You will combine this with language-specific modules such as ‘Game of (Spanish) Thrones: Treachery, War and Exile in Spanish Poetry (13th-20th c.)’. You may also choose some comparative culture courses, such as ‘Writing in the Margins: Narrating Cross-cultural Experience’. 

Taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures, our approach enables you to acquire high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of French and Spanish cultures and societies within a global context. This degree includes an international placement in year 3. You’ll begin your degree with French and Spanish courses which both have a language-specific cultural...

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Course Content

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1

Core

Part I French Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)

Part I French Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)

Part I Spanish Studies (Advanced/CEFR: B1)

Part I Spanish Studies (Beginners to CEFR: A2)

Year 2

Core

French Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)

French Language: Oral skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1))

French Language: Written Skills (CEFR: B2)

French Language: Written Skills (post-Beginners/CEFR: B1)

Second Year Programme for Academic Skills, Employability and International placement preparation

Shaping Contemporary France: Moments and Movements

Shaping Contemporary Spain and Latin America: Moments and Movements

Spanish Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: B2)

Spanish Language: Oral Skills (post Beginners/CEFR: B1)

Spanish Language: Written skills (CEFR: B2)

Spanish Language: Written Skills (post Beginners/CEFR: B1)

Optional

Cross-cultural encounters in World Literatures

Economic and Social Change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945

Language and Identity in France, Germany and Spain

Professional Contexts for Modern Languages

Society on Screen: The Language of Film

Understanding culture

Year 3

Core

International Placement Year: Intercultural and Academic Reflection

Year 4

Core

French Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

French Language: Written Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

Spanish Language: Oral Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

Spanish Language: Written Skills (CEFR: C1/C2)

Optional

Autocrats, Caudillos and Big Men: Understanding Dictatorship and its Cultural Representation in the 20th Century

Contemporary Cities in Literature and Film

Francophone Voices: Literature and Film from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Canada

French Culture in the Digital Age

Full Unit Dissertation

Game of (Spanish) Thrones: Treachery, War and Exile in Spanish Poetry (13th-20th c.)

Imagining Modern Europe: Post-Revolutionary Utopias and Ideologies in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century

Latin America and Spain on Film: Violence and Masculinities

Mirrors across Media: Reflexivity in Literature, Film, Comics and Video Games

Modernity of Forms and Forms of Modernity in French Literature 1850-2000

Social movements and committed writing in Mexico since 1968

The Prosecution of 'Otherness' in Europe: Witchcraft, Heresy and Inquisition (14th -17th C)

Translation as a Cultural Practice

Writing in the margins: narrating cross-cultural experience

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at...

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Entry Requirements

A Level ABB

Required Subjects A level French and/or Spanish. Native French or Spanish speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in French HL and/or Spanish HL

BTEC Considered alongside A level French and/or Spanish

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via [email protected]

A Level ABB Required Subjects A level French and/or Spanish. Native French or Spanish speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme. IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language...

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