FREN 3214 - French IIISB: Culture
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code FREN 3214 Course French IIISB: 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 in French including FREN 3211 Incompatible FREN 2202 or FREN 3201 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 'Dialectiques du XVIIIe siecle'. See French Department handbook for more details.
Course Coordinator: Professor John West-Sooby
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesStudents who complete French IIISB 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) 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 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 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
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, 6 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, 6 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
4, 5, 6
Required ResourcesA link to the list of textbooks for all French courses can be found on the Department 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. 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 LearningThe following documents will be available via MyUni:
- course outline
- lecture slides
- other documents, as required.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThere will be three contact hours per week: a 1-hour lecture followed by a 2-hour seminar designed to allow for class discussion and analysis.
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 of reading, including additional research per week 72 hours per semester 4 hours preparation for class discussion and assignments 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 ExperiencePrésentation de scène (travail de groupe).
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 will include: tests, oral exposés, essays, other written assignments.
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 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 DetailSee the Course Booklet for a detailed presentation of the assessment procedures for French IIISB Culture.
SubmissionStudents must hand in 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.
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