What is the course about?
The reasons behind the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the 2017 presidential election, his policies, his support and the opposition to his reforms.
What will we cover?
The rise of Emmanuel Macron
The 2017 presidential election: reasons for and implications of the victory of Macron:
- The election the Right was bound to win (or so it seemed) but still lost
- The divisions of the Left: the rise of a radical Left and the collapse of the Socialists
- The second round: Emmanuel Macron v Marine Le Pen
- The aftermath of the presidential election: the triumph of the candidates of “La République en Marche!” and its implications
The policies of Macron:
- Support and opposition to his socio-economic reforms
- The institutional reforms: towards a weakening of the parliament?
The crisis of the Gilets Jaunes: can Macron’s project survive?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Analyse why the candidates of the traditional parties of the Right (Les Républicains) and Left (Parti Socialiste) did so poorly in the 2017 presidential election
Discuss constructively which other factors made possible Macron’s success in the 2017 presidential election
List at least three socio-economic reforms of Macron
Assess the consequences of Macron’s institutional reforms
Discuss constructively the demands of the Gilet Jaunes movement.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Some background knowledge about France would be useful but is not essential.
A good standard of English is required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be a combination of lecture, backed by PowerPoint presentation, and discussions in large groups. Handouts will be available. Material to prepare the discussion will be handed out during the course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring a pen and paper.
Books will be recommended but students are not required to purchase them if they do not wish.
This is not an exam course.
There are no extra costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses in French, European and British history. Please see the City Lit website.