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Unit Overview


This unit integrates French speaking, reading, writing and aural comprehension skills with materials drawn from the history of French and francophone cinema. Students are introduced to the vocabulary and critical concepts of film studies and explore key films from different periods, ranging from silent films of the late nineteenth century through to New Wave films of the 1960s and twenty-first century films addressing social issues. This unit focuses on developing academic writing skills in French and deepening students' understanding of the aesthetics and history of film and of French and francophone culture and society.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the FRNHI French Studies; FRNHA French Studies major sequences
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) analyse French and francophone films in an aesthetic, social and historical framework; (2) demonstrate writing and research skills in the context of French and francophone film; and (3) use oral, aural and interpersonal skills through classroom discussions in French.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) research essay; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul Gibbard
Unit rules
FREN2405 French Studies 5
or FREN2407 French Studies 7
Contact hours
workshops: 10 x 2 hours
online lectures: 10 x 1 hour

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.