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FREN2812 French Cinema

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the FRNHI French Studies; FRNHA French Studies major sequences
  • Level 2 elective
This specialist unit enables students to consolidate their language competencies in writing, reading, listening and speaking, through a critical analysis of French and francophone films. All classes are conducted in French. This unit offers a survey of the history of French cinema from its origins in the late nineteenth century through to the contemporary period. Students watch and critique influential films, which may include those of the Lumière brothers and Georges Méliès, classic films from the 1930s, films from the New Wave by auteur-directors such as François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, and films concerned with contemporary issues by directors such as Mathieu Kassovitz.
Students are able to (1) expand on notions of the French language learned so far; (2) improve and extend written and oral expression in French; (3) view and analyse French/francophone films and read and analyse French/francophone written and theoretical texts; (4) develop a historical and theoretical perspective on French/francophone film, culture and ideas; (5) familiarise themselves with latest research, sharpen their research skills and undertake a research project; (6) develop independent learning skills, research skills and interpersonal skills; and (7) critically assess and analyse a range of French cinematic and cultural practices in the fields covered, and contrast such practices with the ones from their own cultural background.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) research essay; and (3) 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)
Dr Paul Gibbard
Unit rules
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
Contact hours
lectures: 10 x 1 hour; workshops: 10 x 2 hours; optional film screenings: 10 x 2 hours
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  • 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.