FREN 2203 - French IIA: Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

The course information on this page is being finalised for 2016. Please check again before classes commence.

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 Department handbook for more details.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites FREN 1003
    Incompatible FREN 1012
    Assessment assignments, class exercises, essay, test
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Natalie Edwards

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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

    No information currently available.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

     Students must purchase the following:
    · Un Papillon dans la cité, by Gisèle Pineau (available from Unibooks)
    · Course Reader: “French ISA / French IIA Culture – La France contemporaine” (available from Image and Copy Centre, level 1 Hughes Building).

    Recommended Resources

    A French-English, English-French dictionary is recommended for students doing this course. The Collins Robert range of dictionaries is a well-known resource. There are many different sizes, so consider what suits you in terms of ease of transport. For on-line dictionaries, we recommend

    Online Learning

    The following documents will be available via MyUni:

    - Course Outline
    - Lecture slides
    - Explanation of Assessment Tasks.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    There are three contact hours per week. The Thursday lecture is not a single formal presentation by the lecturer, but a mixture of teacher and student presentations and discussion. Part of the lecture hour will be devoted to small group discovery sessions in which students present their research on set topics. The seminar of two hours will be devoted to tasks such as comprehension exercises, student presentations and class discussion.


    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 72 hours per semester
    3 hours research per week 12 hours per semester
    3 hours assignment preparation each week 24 hours per semester
    144 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Lecture & Seminar Assessed  tasks
    Week 1 Un Papillon dans la cité (novel)
    Week 2 Un Papillon dans la cité 1st Oral presentations begins
    Week 3 Un Papillon dans la cité 2nd Oral presentations begins
    Week 4 Un Papiillon dans la cité 1st Comprehension test
    Week 5 Une femme (extracts, in
    Course Reader)
    No seminar this week (public holiday)
    Week 6 Une femme 2nd Comprehension test
    Mid-Semester Break  ESSAY DUE FRIDAY APRIL 17
    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 3rd Comprehension test
    Week 11 “La Chance de sa vie” (short story, in Course Reader) 1st & 2nd Oral Presentations end
    Week 12 La Chance de sa vie FINAL TEST (in Friday seminar)
    Specific Course Requirements

     It is a requirement of the course that students attend all classes. 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.

    Hurdle Requirement: students who do not meet the following requirements will be awarded a grade of Fail for the course:
    · Completion of all assessment tasks worth 20% or more

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Between weeks 3 and 11, students will work in groups of three to prepare and present a topic on the socio-historical and cultural contexts of the stories. The group presentation be 15 minutes long in all, with equal time for each of the participants. For this activity, there will be a group mark (worth 20%) and an individual mark (worth 80%)
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    1st Oral presentation (individual) Formative 15% 1, 2, 3
    2nd Oral presentation (group) Formative 10% 1, 2, 4
    3 x written comprehension tests Summative 15% 2, 3
    Essay Summative 30% 1-4
    Final test Summative 30% 1, 3, 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students who are absent for a test will be eligible to do a replacement test only if they provide a medical certificate or documented evidence of circumstances of a compassionate nature.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    Presentation of Work
    The comprehension tests and the Final Test will be handed in to the tutor in class. The essay will be submitted in paper copy via the Assignment Box in the School of Humanities office, level 7, Napier Building. Attach a signed cover sheet, and indicate the name of the staff member for whom it is intended. The essay should be written on alternate lines (double spaced, if typed, and in a font size no less than 12), for greater clarity and to allow room for correction. For essays, attention should be given to the correct setting out of quotations and references.

    For the culture essay, students are formally notified of the deadline well in advance. Assignments handed in after the due date will be penalized at the rate of 5% of the total mark per working day, up to a maximum of 5 working days, after which they will not be accepted at all. These penalties will not apply, however, if an extension has been granted by the Lecturer or Tutor before the due date. Extensions will only be granted on medical grounds (medical certificate required) or in documented cases of hardship. University policy now requires that for pieces of assessment greater than 20%, students applying for extensions for coursework tasks must fill in and submit the “Assessment Task Extension” form to the School of Humanities office, attaching the necessary documentation. The forms can be found at the following URL:


    A student who has failed the essay and wishes to it again in order to obtain a higher mark may do so. The onus, however, is on the student to make such a request. This is not the case, however, with short assessment pieces such as comprehension tests, because their frequency is such that students can always make up for a low mark in the next test. Students who are absent for a test will be eligible to do a replacement test only if they provide a medical certificate or documented evidence of circumstances of a compassionate nature.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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