FREN 2204 - French IIB: Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

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 2204
    Course French IIB: Culture
    Coordinating Unit French Studies
    Term Semester 2
    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 2201
    Incompatible FREN 1012
    Assessment Class presentation, class exercises tests, scene analysis, essay
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Ben McCann

    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 IIB 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)
    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
    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
    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
    The Research Librarians in the Barr-Smith Library maintain a page of useful links for students of French. They can be found here:

    This is an excellent resource for all the work you do in French language and culture. You are urged to consult the link “Research Skills: Literature search techniques”, which teaches you how to use the Library’s academic databases for your essays.
    Online Learning
    The following documents will be available via MyUni:
    - course outline
    - lecture slides
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course is taught through a 1-hour workshop (consisting of mini-lectures and structured classroom discussion which provide an analysis of the topic set for study in each particular week) and a 2-hour seminar in which students carry out tasks such as reading, film vkiewing, textual analysis, individual presentations, tests 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 (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 48 hours per semester
    3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester
    5 hours preparation/follow up work per week 60 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1 Introduction: avantages et inconvénients des adaptations cinématographiques de textes littéraires
    Week 2 Maupassant, Une partie de campagne (texte)
    Week 3 Renoir, Partie de campagne (film)
    Week 4 Camus, L'Hôte (texte)
    Week 5 Camus, L'Hôte (texte)
    Week 6 Oelhoffen, Loin des hommes (film)
    Week 7 Vercors, Le Silence de la mer (texte)
    Week 8 Melville, Le Silence de la mer (film)
    Week 9 Boutron, Le Silence de la mer (film)
    Week 10 Duras, La Douleur (texte)
    Week 11 Duras, La Douleur (texte)
    Week 12 Finkiel, La Douleur (film)
    Specific Course Requirements
    Hurdle requirements
    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 Experience
    The preparation of an oral presentation on an aspect of the Culture topic will require students to conduct research, working in pairs.
  • 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
    Individual oral presentation Formative 10% 1, 2, 4
    Pair-work oral presentation Formative 15% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Comprehension tests x 4 Formative and Summative 20% 1, 3, 4
    Textual analysis (800 words in French) Summative 25% 1, 2, 3
    Final essay (1200 words in French) Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    It is a requirement of the course that students attend all classes. Exemption from attendance may be given only for medical reasons or for documented cases of personal hardship.

    Students must complete all assignments/assessments to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Individual oral presentation
    Vous devrez faire une présentation de 10 minutes maximum sur votre adaptation cinématographique préférée : pensez, par exemple, aux aspects suivants : pourquoi est-ce que vous appréciez le film ; est-ce que le réalisateur a changé/transformé/inventé quelque chose dans la nouvelle version du texte, etc. Vous devez faire quelques recherches sur le texte original et présenter un exposé cohérent, accompagné d’un PowerPoint (6 diapos ou « slides » maximum).

    Pair-work oral presentation

    Avec un partenaire, vous devrez faire une présentation de 10 minutes maximum au cours de laquelle vous analyserez une scène dans un des textes suivants : Une partie de campagne, L’Hôte ou Le Silence de la mer, en comparant son traitement par le cinéma. Présentez d’abord la scène que vous allez analyser – mais très brièvement, car tout le monde aura déjà lu le texte et vu le film ! Vous passerez donc ensuite à votre analyse, qui devra porter sur la façon dont le cinéma représente l’action, les décors, le caractère des personnages, et ainsi de suite. Dans votre conclusion, vous expliquerez les similarités et les différences (de fond, de forme, etc.) entre la représentation textuelle et la représentation cinématographique de la scène, tout en réfléchissant sur les avantages et les

    Textual analysis (Analyse de texte)
    Vous devrez choisir une scène dans Une partie de campagne ou L’Hôte et analyser la façon dont cette scène est représentée au cinéma. Adoptez la même structure que pour l’exposé oral :
    • une brève présentation de la scène, en guise d’introduction
    • une analyse comparative de tous les aspects les plus importants (description/décor, caractérisation, thèmes, action, etc.)
    • une conclusion dans laquelle vous réfléchissez sur les similarités et les différences, et sur l’impact de ces différences sur notre perception de la scène
    NB Vous ne pouvez pas choisir pour cette analyse le même texte (et le même film) que pour l’exposé oral. Votre analyse de texte doit être écrite en français (800 mots)

    Comprehension tests (Tests de compréhension
    Après avoir étudié le texte en classe (cours + séminaire), nous vous demanderons dans le séminaire suivant, avant de visionner le film, de lire un extrait du texte et de répondre à quelques questions de compréhension. C’est une façon pour nous, et pour vous, de vérifier que vous avez lu et compris le texte. Nous ferons des exercices similaires dans les séminaires afin de vous préparer pour le type de questions auxquelles vous aurez à répondre.

    Essay (Dissertation)
    Dissertation de 1200 mots, en français.
    Choisissez un des sujets suivants :

    Le Silence de la mer
    NB : si vous avez fait un exposé oral sur Le Silence de la mer, il faut choisir La Douleur pour la dissertation.
    1. Comparez la façon dont l’espace est traité dans le texte de Vercors et dans les films de Melville et/ou de Boutron.
    2. Choisissez un des protagonistes (l’oncle, la nièce ou l’officier) et analysez la façon dont son caractère est développé dans le texte et dans les deux versions cinématographiques de l’histoire.

    La Douleur
    3. Comparez la façon dont le rapport entre Marguerite (la narratrice) et Rabier est représenté dans le texte et le film.
    4. Comparez la façon dont Duras (dans le texte) et Finkiel (dans le film) créent une atmosphère de danger et de peur.

    Si vous comparez deux choses – ici, un texte et un film – ne les traitez pas séparément (c’est-à-dire, n’organisez pas votre dissertation en deux parties dans lesquelles vous analysez d’une part le texte et d’autre part le film) ; il faut organiser vos paragraphes selon des idées et faire des comparaisons entre le texte et le film dans chaque paragraphe
    • donnez à votre analyse une structure claire, avec une introduction et une conclusion
    • il faut citer correctement les ouvrages que vous avez consultés et inclure une bibliographie
    • révisez votre copie (l’orthographe, les accords et les structures grammaticales de base) avant de la rendre
    Students must submit assignments to the Faculty of Arts Office.
    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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