FREN3300 Language and Culture in French Polynesia

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodTahitiFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Level 3 elective
  • Substitute unit for any one Level 3 units (6 points) for the French Studies major
Content
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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced language skills in written and spoken French

; (2) develop high-level independent learning skills, refine research skills and increase interpersonal skills
; (3) engage with the local community and critically reflect on intercultural communication and experience
; and (4) analyse the socio-cultural context of French Polynesia and critically assess societal, political and cultural issues.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral assessments; (2) written assignments and essay; 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
Prerequisites:
one of FREN2403; FREN2404; FREN2405; FREN2406; FREN2407; FREN2408;
or
equivalent as assessed by the Convenor of French Studies, AND approval of the course coordinator
Incompatibility:
FREN2800 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 occurs in June.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-2_2019]
Note
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 at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.