Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

L3 popular culture

It will take me a few weeks to mark your classroom test (because there is a heap of other things to do). Next week, I will finish with TV and radio and begin on the history of popular music.

The press in the UK

The British have always read a lot of newspapers. The printed press is under pressure though, from purely online publications. See this article


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Life is changing in the UK

In order to calculate the rise in the cost of living, statistical agencies base their work on a "typical" week's shopping (a "shopping basket"). But what is typical ?


Examen L3

Cet après midi T007

Saturday, March 10, 2018


congratulations, you have ( I assume) survived the written exams. Next class Wednesday 8.30 am! We will be looking at some of the documents in the booklet: for example the first one and the last one.

Monday, March 05, 2018

10 ans déjà

Le mois prochain ce teaching blog fête ses dix ans!

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Master LEA Women in the USA

You will find here the powerpoint we saw in class on this question.

And here the recording of the second lecture on the question of women's rights in the US.

Keywords: podcast, women in the US , history.

Good luck

Good luck to all those taking the written papers for the agrégation externe next week! Let me know how you get on.

L3 visual art in Britain since 1945

You will find here part two of the talks on visual art, in Mp3 format.

And here the powerpoint presentation we saw in class.

These will help you revise. The classroom test on the 13th will be a general question, which you are excpected to discuss, and apply to some of the kinds of cultural production we have seen.

Girls clothes

We were looking at this issue in our M2 seminar, for the 1970s. But it is still an issue today.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Agrégation préparation civilisation

Remember  you need to choose one of the documents in the booklet and send me an email saying that you are going to do a commentary on that document.

Milk in Britain


L3 popular culture dates

This week on Tuesday, I will be going through a little more on visual art, and beginning to talk about television.

After the break, on Tuesday 13th March, there will be a classroom test (DST). This is the one that counts for 15%. It will be in the form of a general essay question.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

L3 the Turner Prize

The most prestigious contemporary art prize in Britain, which is worth  £25 000, is the Turner Prize. Here is an article about the 2017 winner:


Spare Rib archives

Simple video explanation for Spare Rib archive


salles de la semaine

mardi M1 LEA L101
mardi M2 seminar L311
mardi L3 civilisation T007

mercredi Thème F101

Agreg interne A506
Capes interne A506

Friday, February 23, 2018

L3 orals

All students taking the L3 civilisation course must take the L3 oral exam, which is based on a booklet of documents. This includes all erasmus students.

Cours de Thème agrégation

In this week's class we will be looking at the passage by Carole Martinez. You may send me your translations until Sunday evening.

Brexit et concours

18 months ago I gave this talk in French "Comprendre le Brexit", which you may find useful:


Thursday, February 22, 2018

L3: Popular Culture and Visual Art

You will find here the recording in Mp3 of the first class on British visual art since 1945.

Just click here.

keywords: podcast, British history, history of art, British art since 1945, Lowry, Emin, moore, Hepworth, Goldsworthy, fourth plinth, university lecture, mp3

L3 Powerpoint on cultural studies theory

You will find here the powerpoint we saw in class concerning Adorno, Hoggart, Williams, Hebdige etc.

Just click here

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

L3 civilisation

La composition de la note:

15% Controle continu civi GB
15% Controle continu civi US
70% examen de fin de semestre  (US ou GB, vous ne le savez que le jour de l'examen).

Ces 100% valent 60% de la note finale de l'UE, les autres 40% étant basés sur l'oral à base d'une série de textes à étudier.

L3 Popular Culture

Here is an article on Young British Artists from 2017


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Pop songs about artists

L3 people, here is the pop song about Lowry

And here is the only other pop song I know about a painter, Van


Monday, February 19, 2018

M2 seminar research paper

We will talk about this in class, but here is the basic information:

M2 seminar

Evaluation of this module is by research paper (« mini-dossier »)

The research paper will be 1500 - 1700 words in length, in addition to the bibliography and appendices.

The subject must be approved by your teacher.
It must be based on archival research, online or otherwise.

An essential resource is http://scholar.google.fr/schhp?hl=en which allows you to search university articles, some of which are available free online.

Don’t forget the University Library database which you can access through your University Virtual Deskstop (ENT).
This also includes many articles you can download even when you are at home.

- Handwritten work is not allowed. The research paper must be sent by email in RTF format, and must use correctly the normal rules of layout for university work (footnotes, italics etc).  My email adress is prenom.nom @univ-rouen.fr (John Mullen).

There will be no spelling or typing mistakes, as students will use automatic spellcheck programmes.

Extreme care must be used to avoid plagiarism. If you use more than five words together from another source without saying where it comes from, this counts as copying.

The research paper may be illustrated, if the illustrations add something to the argument.

It must be handed in by the 15th of May.

Panorama des approches historiques

Si vous êtes en train de devenir historien/ne, il vous faut lire ce livre:


M2 1970s seminar

Here is an article about popular culture in the 1970s, which goes into TV and cinema as well as music

Just click here

Here is a piece on the women's movement in the 1970s.

Just click here

And here another article on the same subject with a different opinion

Just click here

Saturday, February 17, 2018

salles de la semaine 19-23 février


M1 LEA L101




Thème agrégation F101

CAPES interne L312

M1 LEA the next class on women in the US

On Tuesday I will have some more to say on women in the US in the 20th century. This week or next week we will be watching extracts of this video in class, with questions.. If these videos are not too easy for you to understand, you can watch it before the class so as to have a head start.


M1 LEA Homework March 2018

Your second semester marked assignment is to watch this US video and write :
a) A summary in English in 500 words
b) Your opinion of the video in English in 250 words (its neutrality or lack of neutrality, or anything else you would like to comment on: all opinions are welcome, you do not get marks for agreeing with me!).

This will count for your semester mark, the other part of which will be from the classroom test on the 20th March.

Here is the video:

India Rising
You will need to watch the video more than once. It is excellent practice in listening to different accents.

You must use only your own words and not quote the exact words which are said in the video. It goes without saying that any sentence used from another source, unless it is quoted and referenced, is plagiarism and strictly forbidden.
It must be written to professional standards: that is to say you must re-read very carefully and eliminate all spelling mistakes, grammar mistakes etc. Learning to use automatic spelling checkers in English (that is learning how to install such software on your computer) is an evident part of taking business English seriously.

Hand the work in by email (rtf format) before the end of March. My email address is prenom.nom@univ-rouen.fr . (And my name is John Mullen).

Civilisation britannique agrégation

There are three two-hour sessions left, which aim at helping you prepare for oral text commentary for the agrégation interne (though of course external candidates are welcome to attend).
These will be on the 14th of March at 8.30 am, on the 21st of March at 8.30 am and on the 11th of April at 4pm.

Choose two documents from the booklet ( a first choice and a second choice)


and send me a mail telling me the documents you have chosen. I will give you a date and confirmation.

Meanwhile, be sure to read over the jury report.  And remember, the best way to get a bad mark is not to say enough true things about the document and the history, so keep watching the videos and reading the books. ( http://journals.openedition.org/rfcb/1661 )


J'ai reçu de l'administration un rappel que le contrôle des présences doit être effectué dans les CM chaque semaine, alors n'oubliez pas de signer la feuille qui circule en cours.