FREN 2203 - French IIA: Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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 Department handbook for more details.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben McCann
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 3, 4, 5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 3, 4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
A link to the list of textbooks for all French courses can be found on the Discipline of French Studies web site.
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 http://www.lexilogos.com/anglais_langue_dictionnaires.htm
The following documents will be available via MyUni:
- Course Outline
- Lecture slides
- Explanation of Assessment Tasks
- Film and videos clips
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
There are three contact hours per week.
The lecture (1 hour) 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 (2 hours) will be devoted to tasks such as as reading, textual/film analysis, individual presentations, tests and class discussion. The seminar session will also be used for screening the films.
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 SummaryAll learning activities will be made available on the MyUni (Canvs) site in advance of the commencement of classes.
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.
students who do not meet the following requirements will be awarded a grade of Fail for the course:
. a minimum of 75% attendance in lectures and seminars
. completion of all assessment tasks
Small Group Discovery ExperienceBetween 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 and their film adaptations. 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%)
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- 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.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome 1st Oral presentation (analyse de scène) Formative 15% 1, 2, 4 2nd Oral presentation (“Small Group Discovery”) Formative 15% 1, 2, 4 4 x written comprehension tests Formative and Summative 20% 1, 3, 4 Essay (1200 words in French) Summative 30% 1-4 Analyse de scène (800 words in French) Summative 20% 1-4
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents 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 DetailDetails of assessments will be distributed to students early in the semester.
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 Faculty Office, ground floor, 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 2% 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: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/mod_arrange.html
STUDENTS MUST HAND IN THE ESSAY BY MIDDAY OF THE DAY INDICATED TO THE FACULTY OFFICE (GROUND FLOOR, NAPIER BUILDING), WHERE IT WILL HAVE THE DATE OF SUBMISSION STAMPED ON IT.
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.
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.
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