BA (Hons)

French and Philosophy

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  • UCAS code(s): RV15
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • * This course is now closed for entry for 2018, please ring our Clearing Hotline 0115 848 6000 to speak to one of our team to discuss current vacancies. *

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If you want to combine your French language skills with a vocational subject, then this joint honours degree is a great choice for you.

Course overview

It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two subjects can give your degree an international or industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university in France or working in a French-speaking country. It’s also possible to opt for a short work placement module in the second half of your second year.

By choosing French and Philosophy you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. Many of our graduates are now pursuing exciting careers in different countries and regions around the world.

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Study this course full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section for more information.

What you'll study

French

French can be studied from A-level. By the end of your degree you’ll have a high level of fluency and accuracy in spoken and written French. Throughout the degree we’ll explore French culture and you’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary French society.

To provide opportunities to develop language skills outside the classroom, you’ll have access to our excellent language resource centres which provide: internet access, audio-visual facilities, an extensive library of the latest French-language films, computer-aided language learning software and course-related books, materials and periodicals.

Philosophy

People have been studying philosophy for about 3,000 years and its original questions are still being discussed by today's leading minds. Philosophers believe that the ability to question and think critically about the world is an important skill, something that’s now increasingly recognised by many of today's leading employers.

The course at NTU is organised around some of the philosophical problems faced by today's decision-makers in their professional lives. You’ll examine the interface between philosophical ideas and everyday life, and learn to think more clearly and critically about the world you live in.

At the end of your studies, you should be able to think through complex issues and questions with clarity and rigour. No intellectual problem should daunt you! No wonder philosophy graduates are in demand by today's employers, and as a Philosophy graduate from NTU you’ll be ahead of the pack.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    French Language One

    The module focuses on developing your understanding of key issues in contemporary French culture and society, and your key communicative skills in French: listening, speaking, reading, writing.

    Introduction to French Politics, Society and Culture

    Learn about the key issues and events that have shaped French culture and society since the middle of the 20th Century. Your findings on the themes and ideas which have shaped French society will be complemented by a discussion of what they represent in contemporary and contemporaneous visual and written texts.

    Applied Philosophy

    This module will explore the ways that fundamental questions have defined Philosophy as an academic discipline which is relevant to other areas of personal and professional life. You'll participate in debates which surround the nature of rationality, logic and critical thinking.This module will also offer sessions on how philosophy can enhance your employability prospects.

    Philosophy: Thinkers and Themes

    This module aims to understand the development of western philosophy through its 2,800 year history. You'll study the philosophies of Plato, Aristotle, the Roman Stoics, St Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre. You'll explore these philosophers ideas and use them to make connections of the nature of knowledge, time, beauty, technology and religion.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    French Language Two

    This core language module will help you develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll develop fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language as well as learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills such as spoken debates and presentations.

    Contemporary Philosophy: Philosophy in the 20th Century

    This module will introduce you to the ideas of the key thinkers that have helped to shape the development of 20th-century philosophy. You'll explore a range of topics such as the nature and significance of language especially the problematic elements of linguistic meaning and you'll explore the broader nature of what it means to be human.

    French optional modules

    Film, Novel and Social Transformation in France (1950-1980)

    Analyse films and novels, concentrating on a series of representations of the traumatic transformation of France during the postwar decades of economic growth. You will explore central themes such as Americanisation, the transformation of everyday life and France's changing place in the world.

    Le Cas 68

    Examine the events of May / June 1968 in France as one of the most important historical events since the Second World War. The module will focus on in-depth analysis of the roles played by the numerous protagonists, examination of primary sources, assessment of the portrayal of the “events” in the media and literature, and an evaluation of the legacy of 1968.

    Languages at Work

    You'll be offered the opportunity to take part in a language themed work placement where you'll work with a local employer for a minimum of 30 hours and produce a piece of writing which reflects on the experience.

    Philosophy optional modules

    Applied Philosophy II

    This module will explore the ways that philosophical forms of questioning and analysis can assist us in our personal and working lives. Using both ancient and modern philosophical theories, you'll be able to provide arguments that point towards a greater self insight and better way of living. You'll be able to sue philosophy to understand political, social and cultural contexts that shape our lives.

    Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion

    You'll be introduced to an array of themes within contemporary philosophy regarding religion. You'll become more aware of the problematic status that religion presents in modern philosophy, whilst examining the assumptions of key thinkers in an area of philosophical inquiry which addresses theological issues.

    Philosophy, Technology and Innovation

    By studying the ideas of a range of philosophers such as Karl Marx, Herbert Marcuse and Donna Haraway, you'll comprehend how technology continues to shape the world we live in, our values and interactions and how recent debates have made the philosophy of technology one of the most vital points of contemporary philosophy.

    Philosophy and Media

    This module will investigate how the media potentially influences contemporary ideas and artefacts of philosophy. You'll explore debates such as, what do these everyday ideologies tell us about philosophy and vice versa?

    The Philosophy of Time

    This module will first initiate with a discussion surrounding the history of the philosophy of time. This will give you a basis to delve into deeper questions such as, is the future open and whether time travel is metaphysically possible.

  • Year Three

    In Year Three you can spend time working or studying in France. Our partner universities are found in Aix-en-Provence, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Strasbourg, Nice, Besançon, Montpellier, and Versailles.

  • Final Year

    Core modules

    French Thematic Capstone Project

    This is a specialist project which allows you to combine practical learning with subject-specific theories. This module offers you the opportunity to develop an in-depth project where you can demonstrate skills such as planning, organisation and research skills.

    OR

    Real-Life Work Project

    Students who are unable to take the year abroad as part of their degree produce a Real-Life Work Project during their final year. Working closely with an employer you'll identify, discuss, develop and deliver a project that is both beneficial for the employer and will enhance your employability options. You'll also provide a synoptic assessment where you'll highlight how your degree in the Modern Languages programme has developed you as a person, academically and as a graduate.

    OR

    Philosophy Dissertation

    This module allows you to undertake an in-depth, independent study of a relevant topic of your choice, with the supervision of a tutor.

    French Language Three

    The core language module, will help you to develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll also focus on developing your accuracy and fluency within the written and spoken language of French. You'll develop high-level critical and analytical skills where you can apply linguistic and socio-cultural awareness and analysis to contemporary documents.

    French optional modules

    Contemporary France: texts in transition

    Develop your awareness of French culture and society, by studying a range of films and written texts which reflect cultural debates critical to contemporary France. This module will give you an enhanced, critical and diverse understanding of writing styles and different forms of visual texts.

    La France et l’Europe

    Explore the relationship between France and Europe with a particular emphasis on the European Union. This module will explore the relationship between France and Europe with a particular emphasis on the European Union. You'll also explore the different changes that have occurred in French perspectives on Europe over the last six decades.

    Translation and Interpreting

    Develop your ability to interpret into and out of French and learn what it is like to be a professional interpreter in a major international organisation. You'll gain skills to help you endeavour tasks such as translation and interpreting as well as be prepared with a selection of theoretical and practical issues.

    The Limits of Representation: text and image in French Culture and Society

    Explore the different ways that text and image are combined in the form of signs, advertising, maps and calendars. You'll look at how the relationship between these two forms are in constant negotiation with each other.

    Philosophy optional modules

    Wittgenstein and Heidegger

    You'll look at central problems of philosophy by focusing on the work of the most important philosophers of the 20th Century. You'll explore themes such as the issues of authenticity and its relationship to modern life.

    Reasons for Action

    This module will introduce you to selected issues around the topic of: What kind of reasons for acting a particular way as opposed to another is a good reason? You'll question whether morality can give us a reason for action. This module entails some basic political philosophy and game theory as it asks how human cooperation is possible.

    Contemporary Metaphysics

    This module aims to introduce students to some of the major disputes in contemporary metaphysics. You'll explore disputes such as: disputes regarding time, addressing the significance of the present time and what is involved when something will continue to persist over a period of time.

    Contemporary French Philosophy

    Explore some of the most imperative thoughts on philosophy that emerged in France during the 20th Century. The module will be able to offer you a detailed account on the importance of the renaissance of western philosophy.

    Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind

    You'll critically examine the Cartesian idea that the mind is separate from the body. The discussion will derive form the notion that the mind is simply a computer programme which is running on the hardware of the brain.

    Advanced Topics in Applied Philosophy

    Explore how philosophical modes of inquiry can allow you to make sense of the personal experiences, professional practices and contemporary ways of being that have become central to many aspects of human life in western societies today. You'll examine the ways that ancient and modern philosophical ideas have contributed in the formation of many contemporary therapeutic techniques such as CBT and Gestalt therapies.

    World Philosophy

    Study the impact of globalisation on contemporary philosophical debates and the way in which it seems to call into question the Greek origins of philosophical ways of understanding the world. The module will help you to understand that globalisation has caused many problems between western and eastern philosophies.

    Philosophy and Film

    This module will  highlight the specificity of the film medium and its relationship with philosophy in terms of mediating processes, transmitter of philosophical material and also as an aesthetic object which has a perhaps unique contribution to make to current debates in philosophy and everyday life.

    Social and Political Philosophy

    Theorise some of the important issues in contemporary social and political philosophy. you'll comprehend why modern social and cultural change has been an issue for many recent and current philosophers, and you'll understand why certain modern day philosophers have claimed that certain changes have emerged the idea of a 'post-modern' society.

    Philosophy and Childhood

    You'll examine the debates that illustrate the nature and significance of childhood, by focusing on the importance of childhood emotion, thought and language. Topics that will be covered include, Childhood as a historical construction and the desirability and possibility of children’s rights.

Course specification

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94% student satisfaction rate for French studies (NSS 2018).

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Each year you’ll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you’ll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.

Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.

Contact hours

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (50%), written (32%) and practical (18%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (12%) and practical (5%)
  • Final Year coursework (62%), written (25%) and practical (13%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (73%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%)

Our Philosophy courses are ranked 13th in the Guardian League Tables 2019.

Careers and employability

Your career development

This is a major part of the curriculum. Key transferable skills are emphasised and there are opportunities to develop links with organisations and potential employers. As a result we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.

Joint honours courses develop a wide range of skills. These include:

  • written and oral communication skills
  • critical analysis
  • the ability to work independently and in groups
  • time management
  • self-motivation
  • a variety of IT skills.

93% of our Philosophy joint honours undergraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016-17).

Entry requirements

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent, including A-level French grade C)
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit our Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) page. If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the Sandwich route (Full-time with year abroad) just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

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You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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