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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 a French institution. Our current partner is the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po).

Key benefits

  • Taught by research-active, multi-national team of academics with the opportunity to specialise in particular fields or politics, government and nation. 
  • 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, opening up career opportunities 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

Department Department 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 modules that cover European politics, political economy, political thought, contemporary history, culture, economics, and law, and then focus on French politics, history, language and contemporary culture.

This degree is a four-year study course composed of optional and required modules totalling 450 credits. Each year at King’s you will take modules totalling 120 credits, except for your third year when you will take 90 credits. In your third year you will study overseas, 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 course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study, with about 15% of your week in scheduled learning and teaching activities and 85% spent in guided independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide support and guidance for your studies.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, oral and written examinations and individual and group presentations. Your practical exam in your third year will be taken once you return to King’s College London following your study abroad year.

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.

Year 3 is spent at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Other related courses

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Students will normally take modules totalling 450 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide upto-date, innovative and relevant courses of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on this course page for updates.

Required Modules
    You are required to take the following 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

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional “Europe” modules. Modules may typically include:

  • Introduction to Politics (30 credits)
  • Introduction to International Economics (30 credits)
  • Politics and Society in Britain, 1780-1945 (30 credits) [Department of History]
  • European Law (30 credits) [The Dickson Poon School of Law]
  • The Causes of War (30 credits) [Department of War Studies]
  • Principles of Economics (15 credits) [King’s Business School]
  • States & Market (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Core French Language (15 credits)
  • The Integration of the European Union (30 credits)
  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought II (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a wide range of optional “Europe” modules. Modules may typically include:

  • International Political Economy (30 credits)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis (30 credits)
  • War & Society (30 credits) [Department of War Studies]
  • History of the European Cold War (30 credits) [Department of War Studies]
  • War in International Order (30 credits) [Department of War Studies]
  • Institutions, Identity & Society in Russia & Eurasia (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]
  • Microeconomics (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • Politics of Central & Eastern Europe (15 credits)
  • Macroeconomics (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • Political Theory of Capitalism (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]

You are also required to take 15 credits from a range of optional French modules. Modules may typically include:

  • Modernity & the City (15 credits)
  • The Idea of France (15 credits)
  • Death & Desire: Love in French Literature before 1700 (15 credits)
  • The French Novel after 1700 (15 credits)
  • French Poetry after 1800 (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self in French Literature since 1700 (15 credits)
  • French Cinema and its Others (15 credits)

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:

  • Exchange Placement Abroad module (60 credits)

Once you have returned to King’s College London following your study abroad year, you will be required to take 30 credits of Aural & Oral Exams as follows:

  •  Year Abroad Practical Language module (30 credits)
Optional Modules
You are required to take 60 credits of optional modules from the International Programme at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques.

Year 4

Required Modules

You are required to take one of the following modules:

  • French Language (15 credits) OR
  • The Stylistics of Translation (depending on the level of French) (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 60 credits of European Studies optional modules. Modules may typically include:

  • European Political Thought (30 credits)
  • The Political Economy of Finance & Crisis (30 credits)
  • The EU in the International System (30 credits)
  • European Political Economy (30 credits)
  • Extended Essay (if written on a European topic) (30 credits)
  • Britain and EU Integration (15 credits)
  • Clandestine Side of Globalisation: Organised Crime, Terrorism and Corruption (15 credits)
  • Public Policy in Europe (15 credits)
  • Russia & the EU (15 credits) [King’s Russia Institute]
  • Culture, Identity and Justice (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • The International Politics of the UN (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]
  • States and Cities in Political Anthropology (15 credits) [Department of Political Economy]

You are also required to take 45 credits of French optional modules. Modules may typically include:

  • Extended Essay (if written on a French topic) (30 credits)

           or

  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • 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)
  • Images of Algeria (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment (15 credits)

(Please note that it is not possible to take both the Extended Essay and Dissertation)

King’s College London reviews the modules it offers on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

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) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

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

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% 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

Entry Requirements
A-Level  AAB

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 in addition to three A-level subjects (minimum DELF B2).

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

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 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 D3 D3 M2

Including grade 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 AB, 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 AB, 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 AB, 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 Highers

and

AB at Advanced Higher

Including grade A in Advanced Higher 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).

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points Including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with grade HL6 in 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.
English language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2020

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2020/21 (September 2020) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2021/22.

The UK tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2020-2021 academic year is £19,800 per year.

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 choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King’s tuition fees. 

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 Cooperation & DevelopmentCommunications Consultant, Kreab Gavin Anderson
  • Event Coordinator, Reed Exhibitions
  • Journalism/Writing Intern, New York Times
  • Internship with Orange in Brussels
  • Internship with the French Embassy in Jordan
  • International Students Advisor, UCL

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