FREN 2203 - French IIA: Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code FREN 2203 Course French IIA: Culture Coordinating Unit French Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites FREN 1003 Incompatible FREN 1012 Course Description The aim of this course is to develop a deeper understanding and a critical appreciation of France's rich cultural heritage through the study of texts and other cultural artefacts. The course is also designed to develop linguistic skills, taking into account the problems associated with the apprenticeship of reading and analysis in French. Students completing this course will therefore benefit from enhanced reading skills, vocabulary acquisition and writing skills as well as speaking skills. This year, the topic for study is 'La France contemporaine' (contemporary French society and culture).
See French Discipline handbook for more details.
Course Coordinator: Dr Peter Poiana
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On the completion of French IIA Culture, students will be able to:
1. know the countries where French is spoken and understand their cultural productions such as literature and film
2. locate primary and secondary sources of information pertaining to the study of French culture
3. analyse cultural productions such as literature and film and be aware of the interpretative methods that can be used to deepen understanding of them
4. work individually or in groups in collecting and organising information, and communicating arguments and ideas in adequate French, both written and spoken, to an academic audience.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3, 4 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 2, 3, 4
Required ResourcesA link to the list of textbooks for all French courses can be found on the Department of French Studies web site.
The French Research Librarian in the Barr-Smith Library, Jennifer Osborn, has created a page of useful links for students of French. The url is:
This is a useful resource for all the work you do in French language and culture. In particular, the link “Research Skills: Literature search techniques” teaches you how to effectively use the Library’s academic databases for your essays and set out your bibliography. Check the section: French Studies Discipline Style.
The following documents will be available via MyUni:
- Course Outline
- Lecture slides
- Explanation of Assessment Tasks.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course is taught with grammar classes and seminars expanding on the lectures.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour seminar per week 24 hours per semester 4 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester 3 hours research per week 36 hours per semester 3 hours assignment preparation each week 36 hours per semester 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week Lecture & Seminar Week 1 Un Papillon dans la cité (novel) Week 2 Un Papillon dans la cité Week 3 Un Papillon dans la cité Week 4 Un Papiillon dans la cité Week 5 Une femme (extracts, in
Week 6 Une femme Mid-Semester Break Week 7 Les Choses (extracts, in Course Reader) Week 8 Les Choses Week 9 Un Roman français (extracts, in Course Reader) Week 10 Un Roman français Week 11 “La Chance de sa vie” (short story, in Course Reader) Week 12 La Chance de sa vie
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Description Task Type Value Learning Objectives 1. Oral Presentation (with Powerpoint) Formative 15% 1, 2, 3 2. Written homework tasks x 2 Formative 10% 1, 2 3. Reading Comprehension tests x 3 Summative 15% 2, 3 4. Essay Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4 5. Test Summative 30% 1, 3, 4
Assessment Related RequirementsIt is a requirement of the course that students attend all lectures and all seminars. Exemption from attendance may be given by lecturers or tutors only for medical reasons or for documented cases of personal hardship. If students miss two classes without providing a satisfactory explanation (on medical or compassionate grounds), the course coordinator will ask them to explain why they should not be excluded from the course. In all cases, the onus is on students to contact their tutor or lecturer, preferably in advance, to explain their absence and to make arrangements to catch up on missed work. If this is not done, it will be assumed that the students concerned are no longer in the course.
PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE EVERY ASSESSMENT TASK TO PASS THE COURSE.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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