FRNHI French Studies major

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.

Admission to this major requires a pass in WACE French: FRE2A/FRE2B, OR FRE3A/3B.

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.

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

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

FRNHI French Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • three Level 2 units
  • three Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 FREN1403 French Studies 3
Prerequisites:
ATAR FSL (French: Second Language)
or
WACE French FRE 2A/2B
or
WACE French FRE 3A/3B
or
approval of convener
Incompatibility:
FREN1103 French Intermediate I
S2 FREN1404 French Studies 4
Prerequisites:
FREN1403 French Studies 3
or
FREN1103 French Intermediate I
Incompatibility:
FREN1104 French Intermediate II

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 FREN2405 French Studies 5
Prerequisites:
FREN1404 French Studies 4
or
FREN2404 French Studies 4
or
FREN1104 French Intermediate II
or
FREN2204 French Intermediate II
Incompatibility:
FREN2205 French Advanced I
S2 FREN2406 French Studies 6
Prerequisites:
FREN2405 French Studies 5
or
FREN2205 French Advanced I
Incompatibility:
FREN2206 French Advanced II
S2 FREN2812 French Cinema
Prerequisites:
FREN2403 French Studies 3
or
FREN2405 French Studies 5
or
FREN2407 French Studies 7
or
FREN2203 French Intermediate I
or
FREN2205 French Advanced I
or
FREN2207 French Advanced III

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 FREN3407 French Studies 7
Prerequisites:
FREN2406 French Studies 6
or
FREN2206 French Advanced II
Incompatibility:
FREN3307 French Advanced III
S2 FREN3408 French Studies 8
Prerequisites:
FREN3407 French Studies 7
or
FREN3307 French Advanced III
Incompatibility:
FREN3308 French Advanced IV
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
S2 FREN3814 Contemporary Literature in French
Prerequisites:
FREN2404 French Studies 4
or
FREN2406 French Studies 6
or
FREN2408 French Studies 8

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the FRNHI French Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-FRNHI

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the FRNHI French Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-FRNHI-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .