Major Overview

Description

Studying French is not simply about learning a language—it's an experience that will open your mind to different cultures and enrich you with knowledge of history. French Studies helps you achieve high levels of competency in listening, speaking, writing and reading the French language. Learning the language also introduces you to the culture and intellectual accomplishments of French-speaking people in France itself and the many French-speaking communities around the world. We offer the French Studies major to students at all levels, from beginners through to native speakers. During the course you will also study past and present French literature, films, and popular culture, providing you with a holistic and stimulating cultural and educational experience.

This major is taken by beginners. It is incompatible with a pass in WACE French: FRE2A/2B or higher.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) show competence in the French language in the four macroskills of language acquisition—reading, writing, listening and speaking—rated according to the Common European Framework for Languages; (2) interact confidently and successfully in situations involving French cultural conventions; (3) interpret French language texts—written, audio, visual—in the light of French culture and society; and (4) move with accuracy and skill between the English and French languages and cultures.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

WACE French FRE 2A/2B or higher

Courses

FRNHB French Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

Example Study Plan

See study plans for more information.

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 FREN1401 French Studies 1
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
WACE French FRE 2A/2B
or
higher; FREN1101 French Beginners I
S2, SS FREN1402 French Studies 2
Prerequisites:
FREN1401 French Studies 1
or
FREN1101 French Beginners 1
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
FREN1102 French Beginners II

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 FREN2001 Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century French Intellectual Thought
Prerequisites:
FREN1402 French Studies 2
or
FREN1102 French Beginners 2
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S1 FREN2403 French Studies 3
Prerequisites:
FREN1402 French Studies 2
or
FREN1102 French Beginners II
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
FREN2203 French Intermediate I
S2 FREN2404 French Studies 4
Prerequisites:
FREN2403 French Studies 3 
or
 (FREN1403 French Studies 3 and FREN1001 Specialist French Studies 3A) 
or
 FREN2203 French Intermediate I
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
FREN1104 French Intermediate II, FREN2204 French Intermediate II

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 FREN3405 French Studies 5
Prerequisites:
FREN2404 French Studies 4
or
FREN1104 French Intermediate II
or
FREN2204 French Intermediate II
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
FREN3305 French Advanced I
S2 FREN3406 French Studies 6
Prerequisites:
FREN3405 French Studies 5
or
FREN3305 French Advanced I
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
FREN3306 French Advanced II
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 FREN3813 French Exceptionalism and Contemporary France
Prerequisites:
FREN2404 French Studies 4
or
FREN2406 French Studies 6
or
FREN2408 French Studies 8
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
S2 FREN3814 Contemporary Literature in French
Prerequisites:
FREN2404 French Studies 4
or
FREN2406 French Studies 6
or
FREN2408 French Studies 8
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.