FREN 3204 - French IIIB: Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code FREN 3204 Course French IIIB: 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 15 units of French including FREN 3201 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 through 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 Coordinator: Associate Professor Natalie Edwards
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesStudents who complete French IIIB 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, 4 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
3, 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
4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5 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
Required ResourcesThe topic this year is l'écriture féminine. We will read a selection of texts by women writers from France and the Francophone world and analyse their representation of gender, identity and subjectivity.
A link to the list of materials for all French courses can be found on the Department of French Studies web site.
Recommended ResourcesThe Library has created a page of useful links for students of French. The url is:
This is a useful resource for all the work you do in French language and culture. In particular, the link “Research Skills: Literature search techniques” teaches you how to effectively use the Library’s academic databases for your essays and set out your bibliography. Check the section: French Studies Discipline Style.
Online LearningThe following will be available on MyUni:
- course outline
- lecture powerpoints
- other documents, as required
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThere will be three contact hours per week. The lecture in French provides a general introduction to the topics set for study. The seminarof two hours will be devoted to tasks such as comprehension exercises, textual analysis, individual or group presentations and class discussion.
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 assignment/test preparation per week 72 hours per semester 4 hours reading per week 48 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryFor the detailed work schedule, see the Course Booklet (available on MyUni to enrolled students).
Specific Course RequirementsHurdle requirement
Note: to pass this course, students must complete all assessment tasks worth 20% or more.
Students are expected to read the texts set for the given weeks in advance and prepare their answers to any set questions, as required.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will work together in small groups to create a mini-presentation to the rest of the class on a set of topics made available in week 1.
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 COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME(S) Oral presentation Formative and summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4 Reading comprehension tests Summative 10% 1, 2 Small group discovery project Formative and summative 15% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Essay 1 Formative and summative 25% 2, 3, 4, 5 Essay 2 Summative 40% 2, 3, 4, 5
Assessment Related RequirementsThe guidelines relating to presentation, submission and assessment of work are as follows:
1. Presentation of Work
All work handed in during the year should be clearly labelled with the student’s name and class and also with the name of the staff member for whom it is intended. It should be written on alternate lines (double spaced and in a font no less than 12 point, if typed), for greater clarity and to allow ample room for correction. For essay work, attention should be given to the correct setting out of quotations and bibliographical material.
In all language courses, assignments are a regular part of the learning process. For this reason, language assignments must be submitted on a regular basis, by noon on the date indicated in each case (a penalty of 5% per working day late will be applied and no mark can be given once the particular assignment has been returned and discussed in class). However, any student experiencing difficulties (due to documentated cases of health problems or personal hardship) should contact the CourseCoordinator. The onus is on the student, however, to make such an approach—before the due date.
The same rules apply to work submitted for cultural studies work. Essays handed in after the due date will have the same penalties deducted and will not be marked at all if they are over one week late, unless an extension has been granted.
Extensions will only be granted on medical grounds (medical certificate required) or in documented cases of hardship. Extensions must be requested from the lecturer in advance of the due date.
Assessment DetailSee the Course Booklet for a detailed presentation of the assessment procedures for French IIIB Culture.
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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