FREN2300 Language and Culture in French Polynesia

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodTahitiFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Level 2 elective
  • Substitute unit for any one Level 2 units (6 points) for the French Studies major
This unit introduces students to the history, politics and socio-cultural context of French Polynesia. It allows participants to explore the colonial past of French Polynesia, to analyse the notion of ‘common destiny' and debate the implications of this notions for the various peoples of Polynesia. Students travel to Tahiti for two weeks for an intensive cultural and language experience and research. While in-country, students will attend various Lectures by experts from the University of French Polynesia and engage in the local community.

This unit is offered with the support of the Australian
government's New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding initiative and as such the associated costs for travel related expenses are partly covered.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate intermediate level of language proficiency in written and spoken French

; (2) develop independent learning skills, research skills and interpersonal skills
; (3) engage with the local community and show an awareness of intercultural communication and experience
; and (4) analyse the socio-cultural context of French Polynesia.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral assessments; (2) short written assignments; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Sabine Kuuse
Unit rules
one of FREN1402, FREN1404, FREN1406
equivalent as assessed by the Convenor of French Studies, and approval of the course coordinator
FREN3800 Language and Culture in French Polynesia
Approved quota: 25—places are allocated based on academic merit.
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Overseas field trip (estimated cost - $3000-$3500 ($3000 reimbursed from NCP Funding))
(2) Entrance fees to museums and monuments (estimated cost - @$300).
Contact hours
This intensive study tour in Tahiti will include pre-departure meetings and post-departure debriefing sessions, and will involve in excess of 50 hours of face-to-face instruction in addition to a rich cultural and social experience.

Travel dates: June 2020
For practical purposes, students are advised to express their interest in the unit six months prior to the running of the unit.
As places are limited, it is important that those who enrol in this unit do not withdraw unless there are serious intervening circumstances.

NCP Grant - available for students who meet the required eligibility criteria set by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.