French and Politics (BA)
Expertise in politics and government combined with fluency in French opens the door to a wide variety of career paths.
Students on this programme can choose from the full range of Politics modules, while expert language training is accompanied by optional modules on French society and culture.
A particular feature of this four-year degree is the year abroad: your third year is spent in France in order to practise and improve your language skills.
In your first year you concentrate on core modules plus your language. In your second and final years you choose from among a wide range of optional modules as well as continuing your language study, with your year abroad in between.
Politics as an area of study develops your knowledge and understanding of governments, governance and societies. Politics is central to our everyday lives. It explores people and power and involves drama and events of great significance both today and historically. Think of the electoral struggle between Left and Right, the power play of the Cold War, and the great enterprise of European integration. Studying for a politics degree means investigating how politics works and delves into how parliaments and governments function while also allowing you to evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy and accountability.
French language and culture have been centre-stage in European and world affairs for centuries. French is an official language of 29 countries, of all United Nations agencies, and of many other international organisations. It is considered the international language of diplomacy, and is second only to English in its influence. French is spoken across the globe as a native or second language by up to half a billion people. The French-speaking world extends across the globe from Europe to North Africa, Asia and the Americas. This degree opens up the cultural riches of French language and culture and provides an important key to understanding the world and the way it is today.
|Entry point||September 2016|
|Typical places available||The School typically has 185 places available|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives 600 applications|
|Typical A level offer||ABB including a B in French (excluding General studies)|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core plus grades BB at A-level, including French (excluding General studies).|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||33-34 points overall (to include 6 in French at higher level).|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Mrs Marie-laure Jones, Admissions Tutor
Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.
The first year is an introductory year. It is the results of the second, third and final years of study that determine your degree classification. The programme is made up of compulsory modules as well as optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to reflect your specific interests. A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can do original research.
Students will study 60 credits from the School of Modern Languages and 60 credits in Politics.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Introduction to Political Thought||PL9196||20 credits|
|Y Da, Drwg a'r Gwleidyddol - The Good, the Bad and the Political||PL9193||20 credits|
|Introduction to International Relations||PL9195||20 credits|
|Introduction to Globalisation||PL9197||20 credits|
|Introduction to European Integration||PL9198||20 credits|
|Introduction to Political Science||PL9194||20 credits|
|Advanced French Language Year 1||ML6188||40 credits|
|Beginners French Language Year 1||ML6189||40 credits|
In year two you choose three Politics and three French modules. Please note that the lists of modules below are indicative only and that modules may vary from year to year.
Year three: Sandwich year
You will spend your third year in France or another francophone country studying at one of our partner universities or working for a French organisation. Your year abroad coordinator will keep in touch with you and monitor your progress.
The School has established academic links with universities in Caen, Chambéry, Limoges, Montpellier and Nantes. We also have exchanges with instituts d'études politiques in Bordeaux, Grenobles, Lyons, Paris, Rennes and Strasburg. Recently academic links have been set up with Mons in Belgium, Marie Haps in Brussels and Geneva in Switzerland. All students on a Socrates exchange receive an Erasmus grant for each semester they spend in France.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad- Semester Work placement abroad (French)||ML6097||60 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad - Study Abroad (French)||ML6099||60 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad- Semester Work placement abroad (French, spring)||ML6091||60 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad - Study Abroad (French, spring)||ML6093||60 credits|
In your final year you choose three Politics and three French modules, including the option of doing a dissertation.
Lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi.
Seminars provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist you to integrate the information and ideas you receive from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. Set questions and readings form the basis for discussion by directing your attention to relevant aspects of the subject matter and to various types of sources of information. Giving presentations develops your capacity to gather, organise and synthesise relevant information and ideas and to communicate these in a logical and concise manner. Tutor-led and student-led discussion hones logical skills and gives you practice in applying different concepts, theories and methods to the subject-matter at hand. It also exposes you to different interpretations of political ideas and events. Group problem-solving helps to develop collaborative skills.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Prior advice and written feedback (for essays) are used to help you understand what is required.
Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.
Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.
Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.
Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.
Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.
School of Law and Politics - Politics
In 2013/14, 96% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, Oxford City Council, the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.
Outside of the political sector, the degree is of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within EY, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.
School of Modern Languages
In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
The destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment.
Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.
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