Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


French Studies

Second Department

Middle East Studies

Reader 1

Fazia Aïtel

Reader 2

Andrew Aisenberg

Reader 3

Nathalie Rachlin

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This thesis examines the issues of the modern French education system through an analysis of the film, Entre Les Murs (2008) and French education's socio-historical and political context. The study finds that the way in which France thinks about authority, language, and multiculturalism leads to the exclusion of certain students from the learning process. The aim of the study is to critically rethinks these issues in light of theories on race, identity, and postcolonialism in order to eventually propose solutions so that all students may fully flourish in modern French society.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.