French Society and Culture II
Cod: 31115
Department: DH
Scientific area: Culture
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit promotes knowledge and understanding on the specificities and relations among different social groups and among the technological, cultural, social and political phenomena that gave birth to contemporary France.

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

Students are expected to acquire following competencies:
• reading, analysing and reviewing documents criticalle and relating them to French society and culture
• preparing a summary document
• writing a short essay or article
• understanding and interpreting the main features of French identity and culture
• knowing the key movements and moments of political, social and culture of France in the 19th and 20th centuries
• relating data and issues concerning the topics being studied
• critical and and informed reasoning on features of French identity and its origins in recent history.

• Entering the consumer society
• End of the century and new millennium
• Literature and Society
• Education, Culture and Science in France
• May 68
• Foreign models

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%).