French Dissertation - FREN5670

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Lucy O'Meara checkmark-circle


This module is intended to introduce undergraduate students to independent research and provide the opportunity for sustained, detailed study of a topic of their choosing. The topic chosen must relate to a specific aspect of French culture or language. Originality and feasibility are important aspects of writing dissertations and topics must be scrutinised and approved in advance by the module convenor or dissertation supervisor. Students can expect guidance from the module convenor and an academic supervisor throughout the process, including one-to-one tutorials.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 6

Method of assessment

Dissertation (10,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Denscombe, M. (1998). The Good Research Guide, Buckingham: Open University.
Rudestam, K. and Newton, R. (1992). Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process, London: Sage.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Undertake comprehensive, detailed research on a specific area of French culture or language.
Demonstrate in-depth and advanced subject knowledge of a particular area of French studies.
Engage with primary and secondary source material in a scholarly way, demonstrating the ability to understand concepts and debates relevant to the study of French culture and demonstrate a critical understanding of their assumptions, implications, limitations or contradictions.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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