FREN 3203 - French IIIA: Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

The aim of this course is to develop a deeper understanding and a critical appreciation of France's rich cultural heritage throughout the study of texts, films or other cultural artefacts. The course is also designed to develop language skills, with all work being conducted in French. Students completing this course will therefore benefit from enhanced reading and writing skills, as well as speaking skills and vocabulary acquisition. See French Department Handbook for information on the topic and more details.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FREN 3203
    Course French IIIA: Culture
    Coordinating Unit French Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites 15 units in French including FREN 2202
    Incompatible FREN 2212
    Course Description The aim of this course is to develop a deeper understanding and a critical appreciation of France's rich cultural heritage throughout the study of texts, films or other cultural artefacts. The course is also designed to develop language skills, with all work being conducted in French. Students completing this course will therefore benefit from enhanced reading and writing skills, as well as speaking skills and vocabulary acquisition. See French Department Handbook for information on the topic and more details.
    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

    Students who complete French IIIA Culture will be able to:

    1. know the countries where French is spoken and understand their cultural productions such as literature and film

    2. locate and analyse primary and secondary sources of information pertaining to the study of French culture

    3. analyse with considerable sophistication 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 clear and correct French, both written and spoken, to an academic audience

    5. develop a commitment to the rigorous application of scholarly principles in the exploration of questions and problems in relation to French society and culture.

    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, 2, 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
    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
    3, 4, 5
    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, 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
    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Most resources, including a list of films and texts, will be posted on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources

    The librarians in the Barr-Smith Library have created a page of useful links for students of French. They can be found at the following url:
    http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/french
    This is a useful resource for all the work you do in French language and culture. Go to the drop-down link in Topics to “How to use Library Search”, which teaches you how to effectively use the Library’s academicdatabases for your essays.

    For a French language website in which you will find, as well as a conventional dictionary, a dictionary of slang, synonyms and antonyms, figurative expressions, spelling and conjugations, etymologies, Old and Middle French, and varieties of French throughout the Francophone world, you should look at the url: http://www.lexilogos.com/francais_langue_dictionnaires.htm

    Online Learning

    The following documents will be available via MyUni:
    - course outline
    - lecture slides
    - seminar worksheets
    - essay topics and explanation of assessment tasks.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    There will be three contact hours per week: a workshop and a two-hour seminar in which students will participate in activities such as reading, textual analysis, performance, and discussion.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    3 hours of classes per week 36 hours per semester
    6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment preparation per week 48 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1: Introduction to the City and to Urban Studies

    Week 2: History of Paris

    Week 3: Paris in Cinema

    Week 4: Paris in literature

    Week 5: History of Dakar

    Week 6: Dakar in Cinema

    Week 7: Dakar in literature

    Week 8: History of Montreal

    Week 9: Montreal in Cinema

    Week 10: Montreal in literature

    Week 11: Small Group Discovery presentations

    Week 12: Conclusions


    Specific Course Requirements
    Hurdle requirement
    Note: to pass this course, students must complete all assessment tasks worth 20% or more.
    The minimum attendance requirement that students attend at least 80% of all classes.

    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.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students work together in small groups to create a presentation to the rest of the class on a set of topics made available in week 1.
  • 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 on MyUni for details regarding assessment.


    Assessment Related Requirements
    Extensions will only be granted on medical grounds (medical certificate required) or in documented cases of hardship.  Extensions for large assignments must be requested using the MACA form available from the Faculty of Arts. It should be submitted to the Faculty before the due date of the assignment.
    Assessment Detail
    See the Course Outline on MyUni for a detailed presentation of the assessment procedures for French IIIA Culture.
    Submission
    Students will upload their assignments electronically via MyUni.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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