FREN 2213 - French IISA: Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

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, particularly reading and writing skills, but also vocabulary acquisition and speaking skills. This year, the course will be devoted to the study of 'Le monde francophone'. See French Discipline handbook for more details.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FREN 2213
    Course French IISA: Culture
    Coordinating Unit French Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Prerequisites FREN 1012
    Incompatible FREN 1003
    Assessment class exercises, essays, presentation, tests
    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 IISA 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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3, 5
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4, 5
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4
  • 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 French Research Librarian in the Barr-Smith Library, Jennifer Osborn, has created a page of useful links for students of French. They can be found at the following url:

    This is a useful resource for all the work you do in French language and culture. Read the link “Research Skills: Literature search techniques”, which teaches you how to effectively use the Library’s academic databases 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:

    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 lecture that presents the topics set for study and a two-hour seminar in which students will participate in activities such as reading, textual analysis and class discussion. The course is organised around material that students are expected to be familiar with so that they may readily engage in discussion.


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

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

    3 hours contact per week (x 12) – lecture, seminar
    36 hours

    6 hours reading per week (x 12)
    72 hours

    3 hours assignment preparation each week (x 12)
    36 hours

    Total = 144
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Topics for Lecture and Seminar
    Déwé Gorodé, « Où vas-tu Mûû ? » in Course Reader
    2 Albert Cossery, "Le Facteur se venge", in Course Reader
    3 Patrick Chamoiseau, Chronique des sept misères, in Course Reader
    4 Ahmadou Kourouma, Les Soleils des indépendances, in Course Reader
    5 Gabrielle Roy, La Montagne secrète, novel, to be purchased
    6 Gabrielle Roy, La Montagne secrète, novel, to be purchased
    7 Gabrielle Roy, La Montagne secrète, novel, to be purchased
    8 Gabrielle Roy, La Montagne secrète, novel, to be purchased
    9 La poésie francophone : Léopold Sédar Senghor, in Course Reader + Film : Mon oncle Antoine
    10 La poésie francophone : Aimé Césaire, in Course Reader + Film : Mon oncle Antoine
    11 La poésie francophone : La poésie québécoise, in Course Reader + Film : Rue Cases-Nègres
    12 La poésie francophone : La poésie des autres régions francophones, in Course Reader

  • 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 Weight Learning Objectives
    1. Short essay of 800 words on Chamoiseau and Kourouma Formative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    2. Long essay of 1,500 words on Gabrielle Roy Formative 30% 1, 2, 3 ,4, 5
    3. Short Comprehension tests (2) of 25 minutes Summative 2x5 = 10% 1, 3
    4. Test on films (50 minutes) Summative 20% 1, 3
    5. Poetry analysis assignment of 1000 words Summative 20% 1, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Detail
    Information available upon enrolment.
    Information available upon enrolment.
    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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    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 ( 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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