French Society and Culture I
Cod: 31114
Department: DH
Scientific area: Culture
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit promotes knowledge and understanding on the main key moments of the contemporary French society, history and culture (19th-201st centuries).

  1. 19th, 20th and 21st centuries France
  2. Culture
  3. Society

Students are expected to be able to:
• read, analyse and comment on documents relating to French society and culture;
• write a reading card;
• identify, analyse and relate the impact of French geography and land-use in the evolution of politics, economy and society;
• question the main facts, tendencies and French cultural and social disruptions in the 19th and 20th centuries;
• reflect and evaluate the French demographic specificities;
• feature and understand the main moments of industrial capitalism;
• identify the periods of growth and crisis that occurred during the 20th century.

• Geographic and demographic speificities of France in the 19th and 20th centuries.
• The advent of industrial capitalism.
• The social classes in France in the 19th century.
• Aspects of the society, culture and history in the 19th and 20th centuries.
• Growth and major socioeconomic crises that occurred during the 20th century.

FERRO, Marc, História de França, Lisboa, Edições 70, 2011.

Complementary readings:
SOURIAC, René, Histoire de France 1750-1995, Société, Culture, Tome 2, Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 1996 (pages 7-206).
A selection of Portuguese texts on French Society and Culture commented by Luís Carlos Pimenta Gonçalves will be provided during the semester.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).