FREN 3213 - French IIISA: Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

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 'La Belle epoque'. See French Department 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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites 12 units of French including FREN 2212
    Incompatible FREN 2022
    Assessment class exercises, essays, class presentations, 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 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. 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

     Compulsory texts:
    · Course Reader from Image and Copy Centre, level 1 Hughes Building, at the start of semester.
    · André Gide, La Porte étroite (novel)
    · Colette, Chéri. (novel)
    · Proust, Marcel. Un Amour de Swann (novel)

    Copies of the novels are available for purchase at Unibooks, and a couple of copies are available for borrowing in the Barr-Smith Library.

    Recommended Resources

    · For paper dictionaries, the French-French dictionary Le Petit Robert, and the bilingual Collins-Robert French-English English-French Dictionary are suitable because of the large number of explanations and examples they provide.
    · For on-line dictionaries, the Lexilogos webpage contains conventional French-French and French-English dictionaries, as well as a dictionary of slang, synonyms and antonyms, figurative expressions, spelling, conjugations and varieties of French throughout the Francophone world. The urls are

    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: a one hour and a two hour class in which students will take part in activities such as textual analysis, individual and group presentations and class discussion. The course is organised around set readings which students are expected to prepare ahead of the classes.


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

    3 hours of classes each week 36 hours per semester
    6 hours of reading, including additional research 72 hours per semester
    3 hours preparation for class discussion and assignments 36 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 144 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Semaine  Cours
    mercredi 10h & jeudi de 9h à 11h
    Week 1 Poèmes
    Week 2 Poèmes
    Week 3 Poèmes 1ère présentation (poésie)
    Week 4 La Porte étroite
    Week 5 "
    Week 6 "
    Deux semaines de battement 1ème dissertatation (vendredi, le 17 avril)
    Week 7 Chéri
    Week 8  " 2ème présentation (commencement)
    Week 9 " "
    Week 10 Un Amour de Swann "
    Week 11 " "
    Week 12 " 2ème présentation (fin)
    Week 13 2ème dissertation (vendredi, le 12 juin)
    Specific Course Requirements

    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: students who do not meet the following requirements will be awarded a grade of Fail for the course:
    · Completion of all assessment tasks worth 20% or more

    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Small group discovery involves the preparation and presention, in pairs, and between weeks 8 and 12, of the following task: "à partir d’une des approches critiques suivantes -- linguistique, psychologique, biologique, sociologique ou philosophique – présentez une analyse de Chéri (semaines 8 & 9) ou de Swann (semaines 10 à 12)." Each group will present for 15 minutes, using Powerpoint slides, and will provide bibliography.
  • 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  Value Learning Outcomes
    1. First Oral Presentation (in pairs, with Powerpoint, on a poem selected from Reader)
    (15 minutes)
     Formative 20% 1-6
    2. Second Oral Presentation (group presentation, on a topic on Chéri or Swann, with Powerpoint) (15 minutes)  Formative 20% 1-6
    3. Essay 1 (800 words)  Formative 25% 1-6
    4. Essay 2 (1500 words)  Summative 35% 1-6
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Students who are absent for a presentation may request an opportunity to present at a later time. However, to be eligible for a replacement presentation, they must provide a medical certificate or documented evidence of circumstances of a compassionate nature.

    Assessment Detail

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

    Presentation of Work
    The two essays will be submitted in paper copy via the Assignment Box in the School of Humanities office, level 7, Napier Building. Attach a signed cover sheet, and indicate the name of the staff member for whom it is intended. The essay should be written on alternate lines (double spaced, if typed, and in a font size no less than 12), for greater clarity and to allow ample room for correction. For essays, attention should be given to the correct setting out of quotations and references.

    Assignments handed in after the due date will be penalized at the rate of 5% of the total mark per day, up to a maximum of 5 working days, after which they will not be accepted at all. These penalties will not apply, however, if an extension has been granted before the due date. Extensions will only be granted on medical grounds (medical certificate required) or in documented cases of hardship. Please note that under no circumstances will assignments be accepted for marking after the corrected work has been returned to students.

    Marked work will generally be returned to students one or two weeks following submission. For work that is handed up at the end of semester, students should attach a stamped self-addressed envelope. School policy states that if no envelope accompanies the (end of semester) assignment, it will not be returned and it will be graded only. No comments will be provided.

    For the essays, a student who has failed and wishes to do an essay again in order to obtain a higher mark may do so. The onus is, however, on the student to make such a request.
    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 ( 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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