FREN 2214 - French IISB: Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code FREN 2214 Course French IISB: 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 1012 Incompatible FREN 1003 or FREN 2202 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 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 topic A la rencontre du cinema francais: analyse, genre, histoire'. See French Department handbook for 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 IISB 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, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3, 4 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. 5 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
Required ResourcesA link to the list of textbooks for all French courses can be found on the Discipline of French Studies web site.
Recommended ResourcesThe French Research Librarian in the Barr-Smith Library, Jennifer Osborn, 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 seminar of 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 preparation/follow up work 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
Students who do not meet the following requirement will be awarded a grade of Fail for the course:
- a minimum of 75% attendance in all classes.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThree times during the semester, students 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 SummaryAssessment will include: tests, online quizzes, scene analysis, essays, participation mark
Assessment Related RequirementsExtensions 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 IISB Culture.
SubmissionStudents must hand in their assignments to the Humanities School Office.
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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