FREN 2013 - Contemporary France

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

Taught through the Department of European Languages, and Linguistics, this course provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary France through the prisms of history, politics, society, and culture. It is designed to contribute to your understanding of how a modern French citizen thinks and feels in the twentieth-first century. Taught in French at the intermediate level, the course provides opportunities for students to improve their language skills in the areas of speaking, writing, listening and reading. Through this course you will develop: 1) an understanding of some of the most important issues currently facing France; 2) an awareness of France?s place in the world, and 3) an appreciation of France?s diverse and dynamic culture. Students enrolling in Contemporary France will undertake activities and discussions using a variety of literary and audio-visual texts such as literature, film and music. This textual engagement will afford students the opportunity to acquire cultural knowledge as well as sociolinguistic competence pertinent to French Studies. The course will examine life in France from different perspectives and voices, from its diversified artistic landscape to its taste for intellectualism, and what led to the development of French culture as we know it today. Does the well-known national motto 'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite' still represent an ultimately deeply divided society? An analysis of different media of expression will serve to feed current debates and give the keys to understand the place of the French in France and the place of France in the world.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code FREN 2013
    Course Contemporary France
    Coordinating Unit European Languages, and Linguistics
    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 N
    Prerequisites FREN 2201
    Assessment Quizzes/Comprehension tests, Oral Presentation, Abstract for Mini Conference, Essay
    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
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural artefacts such as literature and artworks produced in France and Francophone countries.
    2. Locate and analyse primary and secondary sources of information pertaining to the study of French and Francophone cultures.
    3. Analyse with sophistication cultural artefacts and texts produced in France and Francophone countries and be aware of the interpretative methods that can be used to deepen understanding of them.
    4. Demonstrate an ability to collect and organise information, and communicate arguments and ideas in clear and correct French, both written and spoken, to an academic audience.
    5. Develop an intercultural and global commitment to the rigorous application of scholarly principles in the exploration of questions and problems in relation to French and Francophone cultures.
    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    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
    All required content will be listed and/or uploaded on the MyUni course page.
    Recommended Resources
    Reading lists and general guides with recommended resources will be provided on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    All online resources and interaction with students will be conducted through MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will be taught in the target language, i.e. French. In the Workshop at the beginning of the week, students will be introduced to the main topic area and scholarly approaches to be discussed. In the subsequent Seminar students will undertake a combination of small group problem solving exercises and group oral presentations.

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

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

    1 x 1-hour workshop per week 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2-hour seminar per week 24 hours per semester
    4 hours of homework/assignment prepartion per week 48 hours per semester
    6 hours of reading and research 72 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

    Specific Course Requirements
    It is expected that students read the primary texts before coming to class and actively engage with content. To deepen knowledge of the cultural topics covered and to develop a critical mind, attendance and participation are essential.

    Hurdle Requirements
    Students who do not complete all assessment tasks worth 5% or more will be awarded a grade of Fail for the course.
  • 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
    1 x 10-minute presentation in French (20%)
    4 x 250-word quizzes (30%)
    1 x 300-word abstract in English for mini-conference at end of semester and to provide peer feedback on another abstract (20%)
    1 x 1000-word essay in French on a selected topic relating to the course (30%)
    Assessment Related Requirements
    You may seek help with difficult points by requesting further explanations from your instructor, but no help can be given with the actual exercise(s) prescribed. All assessed work must also be your own.

    Extensions and other arrangements regarding assessment will have to be documented and are granted on medical/compassionate grounds/extenuating circumstances.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    Electronically via MyUni.
    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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