FREN 3213 - French IIISA: 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 Contes et nouvelles du XIXe siecle'. See French Discipline handbook for more details.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FREN 3213
    Course French IIISA: Culture
    Coordinating Unit French Studies
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Prerequisites 15 units of French including FREN 2212 & FREN 3213 or FREN 2214
    Incompatible FREN 2022
    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 study of Contes et nouvelles du XIXe siecle'. See French Discipline handbook for more details.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor John West-Sooby

    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 IIISA 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.

    6. identify ethical, social and cultural issues and interpret them within their social and cultural context.
    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, 6
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
  • 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 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.

    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
    - other documents, as required.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    There 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 each week 3 hours
    6 hours of reading, including additional research 6 hours
    3 hours preparation for class discussion and assignments 3 hours
    Average weekly workload 12 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Semaine  Date  Cours
    jeudi 9h
      Travail oral
    jeudi 10h
    jeudi 13h
      Assignments/ Tests
    Week 1 Introduction : le conte français du XIXe siècle Analyse de texte
    1. La maladie 2. La justice et l’individu
    Histoire et conte : réalités sociales et politiques
    Week 2 Balzac Le Colonel Chabert Analyse de texte Identité – l’histoire du colonel Chabert Film
    Week 3 " Discussion
    Mots et documents : écrivains et avoués Exposés
    Week 4 Mérimée Colomba Analyse de texte Le jeu des émotions Vie de Mérimée
    Week 5 " Discussion
    Personnages féminins chez Balzac et Mérimée Exposés
    Œuvre de Mérimée
    Week 6 Maupassant Boule de suif Analyse de texte La France en 1870 Film Analyse de texte
    Week 7 " Discussion
    Réalités sociales et politiques Exposés
    Mid-Semester Break
    Week 8  Flaubert « Un cœur simple » Analyse de texte Portrait de Félicité Documentaire
    Week 9 " Discussion
    Narrateur et protagoniste chez Flaubert Exposés
    Week 10 Barbey d’Aurevilly « Le Bonheur dans le crime » Analyse de texte Premiers portraits Film
    Week 11 " Discussion
    Stratégies narratives chez Barbey Exposés
    Œuvre de Barbey
    Week 12 Conclusions Conclusions Exposés Le XIXe siècle littéraire
    Week 13 Essay
    Specific Course Requirements
    Hurdle 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.
  • 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  Due Value Learning Outcomes
    Exposé oral (5-8 mins in French)  Summative 20%
    Analyse de texte  Summative 30%
    Dissertation (2000 words in French)  Summative 40%
    Tests de compréhension  Formative 10%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The 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.

    2.    Deadlines
    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 Course Coordinator.  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 Detail

    See the Course Booklet for a detailed presentation of the assessment procedures for French IIISA Culture. 

    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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