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European Studies (French pathway) with a year abroad BA

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Overview

The European Studies (French pathway) BA is an interdepartmental study programme that allows you to study Modern Europe from a French perspective. You will study the politics, history, language and contemporary culture of France in-depth, preparing you for the third year where you will be taught and examined at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po).

Key benefits

  • Diverse module choices offered by different departments within King's allows you to deepen your knowledge in particular areas and learn from various disciplinary perspectives.
  • Your third year will be spent studying abroad providing you with excellent opportunities to engage in French culture and society.
  • Opportunities to take part in a broad range of extra-curricular events, from lectures by visiting speakers to the student-organised annual ‘European Week’ where you will debate contemporary issues.
  • You will develop analytical and presentational skills valued by employers, leading to careers in politics, diplomacy, administrations, business and journalism.
  • Enjoy an unrivalled range of contacts with cultural institutes, libraries, international firms and government agencies.

Key information

UCAS code RR81

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

DepartmentDepartment of European & International Studies

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Course detail

Description

The European Studies (French pathway) BA degree course is split between European Studies modules and French-specific modules. You will study a range of required modules that cover European politics, political economy, political thought, contemporary history, culture, economics, geography and law, and then focus on French politics, history, language and contemporary culture.

This degree is a four-year study programme composed of optional and required modules totalling 360 credits. Each year, you will take modules totalling 120 credits, and your third year of study will be in France at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), developing your modern language skills and deepening your understanding of French culture and attitudes to Europe.  

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations. 

Location

The Strand Campus, where most of the teaching takes place, is located in the heart of London adjacent to the Thames and close to Covent Garden. No other place in the United Kingdom can compete with London with regards to the opportunities on offer for the study of modern Europe. The library and research facilities available, as well as the range of contacts with cultural institutes, libraries, international firms, journalists, clubs and government agencies, far outstrip anything available elsewhere. Foreign language film showings, exhibitions, political talks and other cultural events take place continually.

Other related courses

  • European Studies (German pathway)
  • European Studies (Spanish pathway)
  • European Politics

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.
Required Modules
  • Core French Language (30 credits)
  • The Making of Modern Europe (30 credits)
  • Revolution & Reaction in Modern France: an introduction to modern French History (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought (15 credits) 
Optional Modules

You will select one 30-credit module from a range of “Europe” options, which may typically include the following: 

  • European Law (The Dickson Poon School of Law)
  • Introduction to International Economics
  • The Causes of War (Department of War Studies)
  • Introduction to Politics

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Core French Language (15 credits)
  • The Integration of the European Union (30 credits)
  • The French Civil War, 1934-1970 (Department of History) subject to availability (30 credits) OR
  • Modern French History (15 credits) PLUS French Political Thought II (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You will take modules totalling 30 credits from a wide range of “Europe” options, which may typically include:

  • International Political Economy (30 credits)
  • International Relations (30 credits)
  • Public Law (30 credits) [Dickson Poon School of Law]
  • War & Society (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • War in International Order (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • Military Strategy (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • Empires, Imperialism and the History of the Modern World (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • A History of the European Cold War (1917-91) (30 credits) (Department of War Studies)
  • Urban & Social Geography: Space, Society & Culture (15 credits) (Department of Geography)
  • Microeconomics(15 credits) (Department of Political Economy)
  • Politics of Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics (15 credits) (Department of Political Economy)

You will also select a 15 credit module from a range of French options, which may typically include:

  • Modernity & the City
  • The Idea of France
  • Death & Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700
  • The French Novel after 1700
  • French Poetry after 1800
  • Writing the Self in French Literature since 1700

Year 3

Required Modules

You will spend your third year of study in France at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po), where you are required to take modules from the International Programme, as well as:

  • Year Abroad Aural & Oral Comprehension (on return to King’s)
Optional Modules

Year 4

Required Modules
  • French Language (15 credits) OR
  • The Stylistics of Translation (subject to convenor approval)
Optional Modules

European Studies

Additionally, you will study European Studies modules totalling 60 credits which may typically include:

  • European Political Thought (30 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Finance and Crisis (30 credits) 
  • The EU in the International System (30 credits)
  • European Political Economy (30 credits)
  • Extended Essay option if written on a European topic (30 credits)
  • Public Policy in Europe (15 credits)

French

You will also study French modules totalling 45 credits which may typically include:

  • Extended Essay option if written on a French topic (30 credits) OR
  • Dissertation (15 credits)

Please note that it is not possible to take both Extended Essay and Dissertation options.

  • Contemporary French Politics (30 credits)
  • Recent French Thought (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing in French (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Republicanism & its Discontents (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories & Practices (15 credits)
  • Satire in Early Modern France (15 credits)
  • Politics & the Moving Image in Post-1968 France (15 credits)
  • Images of Algeria (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment (15 credits)
  • Proust (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules offered may therefore change. 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

French.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in French, or, take the DELF or DALF (minimum DELF B2).

Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3 including D3 in French.Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2). Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher French (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject). Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666 including grade 6HL French. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: 15 January 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). King’s partner university for this course is Instiut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po).

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Graduates from our European Studies BA course have taken up posts with the Foreign Office, with leading financial institutions, with cultural organisations or with lobbying firms at the European Commission. Others have worked in public and private agencies and think-tanks in the UK, as well as further afield in countries ranging from Bosnia to Japan. Many students have undertaken work placements in the media, working for the French Newspaper Liberation, the Franco-German TV station Arte and Radio-France International.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Trade Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development
  • Communications Consultant, Kreab Gavin Anderson
  • Event Coordinator, Reed Exhibitions
  • Individual Giving Administrator, Tate
  • Journalism/Writing Intern, New York Times

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