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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century$
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Philippe Lane and Michael Worton

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316555

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316692

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An Area Studies Approach in European and Global Contexts: French Studies in Portsmouth

An Area Studies Approach in European and Global Contexts: French Studies in Portsmouth

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(p.197) 16 An Area Studies Approach in European and Global Contexts: French Studies in Portsmouth
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French Studies in and for the Twenty-first Century
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Emmanuel Godin

Tony Chafer

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316692.018

This chapter discusses the development of a new type of language degree by the staff of the School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS) at Portsmouth Polytechnic. In the 1970s, the traditional model was the ‘lang and lit’ degree programme. Students who wanted to study languages were more or less obliged to combine the study of their chosen language(s) with the study of (mostly) the literary classics of that country. Portsmouth along with a small number of other UK higher education institutions sought to break away from the traditional model and develop a new type of language degree — the ‘language and area studies’ degree programme — that would combine language study with the study of the history, politics, economy, society, and culture of the country, or countries, in question. The new approach was to be resolutely multi-disciplinary and was essentially, but not exclusively, rooted in the social sciences.

Keywords:   French Studies, language degree, Portsmouth Polytechnic, language programmes, degree programmes, language and area studies, higher education institutions, social sciences

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