Senate House

Malet Street
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Have you ever asked yourself what the motives were behind France’s imperial expansion? Is there a difference between real and fake human rights?

If you are interested in one of our undergraduate programmes, please join us in London on Friday 26 June for our taster courses. You will have the chance to experience a French Studies course and/or an International Politics course, as well as meet staff and student ambassadors.

International Politics - 1.30pm - 4pm GMT

Is there a difference between real and fake human rights? Who decides?

Philosophers and lawyers argue amongst themselves about how real human rights (freedom from torture?) can be distinguished from fake ones (a right to the internet?). This debate, however, is also a political one. The last four decades have seen increasing struggles at the United Nations and elsewhere over who gets to define human rights in practice. This Taster Course illustrates some dramatic real-world consequences of these apparently theoretical questions. Click here to register.

The International Politics taster course will then be followed by a 30-minute introduction to life at ULIP and a coffee, tea and cookies reception, where you will have the opportunity to meet the lecturer and chat with student ambassadors.

French Studies Taster Course - 2.30pm - 5pm GMT

L'Empire colonial et ses vestiges parisiens

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the French built, and lost, one of the most extensive colonial empires on the globe. This Taster Course, delivered in French, introduces students to some of the major themes of colonial history, asking them to reflect on the motives for imperial expansion, the practices of imperial rule, and the influence of Empire on the culture of the French metropole. The course underlines the contemporary relevance of the study of colonial history, and encourages students to think about the political, sociological and cultural legacies of Empire present in Paris today. Click here to register.

If you are interested in the BA in French Studies with International Relations programme, or if you are generally interested in International Politics, then you may also wish to register to attend our International Politics taster course from 1.30pm – 2.15pm taking place just before this French Studies taster course.

Please note that this taster course is taking place in London.