FREN 4001 - Honours French Culture A

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

The course involves advanced learning, scholarship and research in the area of French Studies. It is the final stage of formal language tuition in the French language as well as extending students' knowledge and research skills in French and Francophone cultures, building on the learning and research capabilities gained in levels 1 to 3 of the French Studies major. The course focuses on skills of higher order spoken and written expression, through tasks such as formal oral presentations and academic writing exercises. It provides research training based on the skills of textual analysis and documentary searches in relation to specific forms of cultural expression, such as literature, film, media and social issues.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FREN 4001
    Course Honours French Culture A
    Coordinating Unit French Studies
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites Completed degree (72 units) including 24 units French Studies Major or completed Diploma of Languages
    Restrictions Available only to students admitted to relevant Honours program
    Assessment 1500 word essay in French (15%), 3000 word essay in French (30%), oral presentation (15%), 2 class tests (40%)
    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
    The contribution to the broader curriculum of Humanities lies in the focus on advanced research, scholarship and communication skills in relation to different aspects of French and Francophone cultures. On the completion of the course, students will be able to

    1. Evaluate the significance of French and Francophone literary, artistic or cultural productions through the application of analytical methods, documentary searches and critical thought.

    2. Collect, organise and synthesise materials, including those accessible in digital formats, in relation to different areas of French and Francophone cultures, and ultimately explain the way in which these areas attain their cultural significance.

    3. Reproduce accurately the forms of French academic language and communicative strategies required to present higher order and conceptually sophisticated ideas to specialist and general audiences.

    4. Demonstrate proficiency in the practice of collaborative work and task management in relation to the analysis and interpretation of French and Francophone cultural productions.
    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)
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    See the lecturer of the Culture course to obtain details regarding the texts that you will study.
    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

    Grammar Reference books (available for loan from the Barr-Smith Library)
    · Glanville Price, A Comprehensive French Grammar, Oxford, Blackwell Publishers, 6th edition, contains complete explanations in English on all points of French grammar.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Learning Activities Summary
    · Skills development in French language in the academic register, in written and spoken forms.
    · Textual analysis in its application to literary texts, films, areas of popular culture and social discourses.
    · Discussion of texts, ideas and social situations with a view to developing skills in critical thought.
  • 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 item Values Learning outcomes
    Essay 15% to 30% (depending on topics) 1, 2, 3
    Oral presentations 5% to 20% (depending on topics) 1, 2, 3, 4
    Class test 5% to 10% (depending on topics) 1, 2, 3
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    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.

    The Grading Scheme for all Honours courses is M11 – Honours Mark Scheme.


    80 – 100

    70 – 79

    60 – 69

    50 – 59

    1 – 49
    Fail (or F pending decision)

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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