FREN 2203 - French IIA: Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

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. See French Department handbook for information on the topic and 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: Dr Peter Poiana

    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

    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    A link to the list of textbooks for all French courses can be found on the Discipline of French Studies web site.

    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
    - Film and videos clips

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    There are three contact hours per week.

    There is a lecture (1 hour) and a seminar (2 hours), which 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 Summary
    All 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.

    Hurdle Requirements

    students who do not meet the following requirements will be awarded a grade of Fail for the course:

    . a minimum of 80% attendance in lectures and seminars
    . completion of all assessment tasks

    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 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%)
  • 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
    See Course outline for all assessment details.

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    The assessment items and weightings have not changed. However, the mode of submission will change:

    The comprehension tests in the seminars of weeks 6 and 10 will be a timed writing task. The doc word on which students write their answers will be submitted on MyUni - assignments. For students who missed the week 4 comprehension test, it will be possible to do this test in the on-line seminar of week 5.

    The individual presentation will done during the seminar, on Zoom. Students can share their PPT document as they speak.

    The group presentation will now be an individual presentation: students submit a Powerpoint document on MyUni - Assignments using the voice recording facility on Powerpoint (click on Slide Show, then on Record Slide Show). Students will not present in class because the lectures are no longer live face to face lectures. The marking criteria will not change.

    The essay will be submitted on-line (as was previously the case). It will be due on MyUni - Assignments on Tuesday April 14.

    The end of semester test will be a timed writing task in which students write their responses on a Word document before uploading it on MyUni - Assignments.
    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
    Details 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 major essay will be submitted on-line, via MyUni. 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:
    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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