FREN 4002 - Honours French Culture B

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023

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 4002
    Course Honours French Culture B
    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
    Restrictions Completed degree (72 units) including 24 units French Studies Major or completed Diploma of Languages
    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 Melanie Maillot

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

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    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

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    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    3, 4

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

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    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

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    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    See the lecturer of the Culture course to obtain details regarding the texts that you will study. 
    Recommended Resources
    Dictionaries · 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 French-French: French-English:
    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
    Seminars provide a small group learning and research environment in which students work on gaining literary and academic skills and pursue research related questions.

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

    1 x 2 hour seminar per week…………………………….. 2 hours
    3 hours independent research per week ………………. 3 hours
    3 hours seminar preparation per week …………………. 3 hours
    4 hours assessment work per week …………………….. 4 hours
    Sub-total per week …………………………………………12 hours
    In addition, a further 12 hours in week 13 is expected
    in the preparation of the final assessment piece……….. 12 hours
    Total …………………………………………………156 hours over a 13 week term
    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

    Short essay (formative) – 1,500 words in French · Long essay (summative) – 3,000 words in French · Oral presentations (summative) · Class tests (summative) This summary is indicative only. It may vary according to the culture topics that are proposed in any particular semester.

    Assessment Detail

    1, 2, 3

    oral presentation
    1, 2, 3, 4

    class test
    1, 2, 3
    Submission Check with the relevant lecturers regarding mode of submission of assignments. Deadlines 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. Marked work will generally be returned to students 1-2 weeks following submission.
    Redemption Given the frequency and the nature of short tasks, it is not possible for students to redo the piece of work in which their performance was unsatisfactory. Regarding longer assignments such as essays, a student who has failed and wishes to do the assignment again in order to obtain a higher mark may do so. The onus is, however, on the student to make such a request. Modified Arrangements for Course Assessment (MACA) Students may apply for extensions for assignments on medical or compassionate grounds, or in the event of extenuating circumstances (eg formal legal commitments, military service). For the policy on extensions, click on the following link: To apply for an extension for an assignment on medical or compassionate grounds, or in the event of extenuating circumstances, click on the following link, where you will find the relevant forms and information sheets: If you are seeking an extension, take the completed for with you to your meeting with your course coordinator or tutor, or attach it if you are making your request via email.
    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.

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

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