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FREN2001 Twentieth- and Twenty-first Century French Intellectual Thought

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the FRNHB French Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
In this specialist unit, taught in French and designed specifically for ex-beginners, students are introduced to some of the most important writers and thinkers in French and francophone literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The weekly lectures focus on providing the cultural and historical context to the authors studied and the tutorials focus on the close analysis of a specific literary extract. The classes allow students to extend their knowledge of famous literary figures, practice pronunciation and begin to discuss literature in French. They also focus on extending writing skills in French, teaching the necessary vocabulary and allowing students to build their written repertoire from short paragraphs to more extended compositions. This unit is designed to help students towards achieving Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students are equipped with the necessary language and research skills to be able to study more advanced Level 2 and Level 3 specialist French units.
Students are able to (1) achieve aural comprehension and oral expression skills in the French language at an intermediate level through the use of French in class and as a result of structured in-class activities; (2) achieve reading comprehension skills at an intermediate level by studying the passages in the set text; (3) achieve written competency at an intermediate level through regular exercises in the composition of standard grammatical structures; (4) attain an increased understanding of French and francophone cultures by reading and analysing texts in their cultural and historical context; (5) attain an enhanced mastery of English and an increased understanding of how language works in general; (6) achieve highly developed interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively in pairs and small groups; and (7) develop formal and independent learning skills, resulting from sustained effort and regular practice in class and at home with the textbook.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) compositions; (2) in-class test; and (3) tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Bonnie Thomas
Unit rules
FREN1402 French Studies 2 or FREN1102 French Beginners 2
Contact hours
lectures: 10 x 1 hour; tutorials: 10 x 2 hours
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.