FREN3813 French Exceptionalism and Contemporary France

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode Multiple modes of delivery. Unit includes a mix of online and on-campus study requirements. On campus attendance for some activities is required to complete this unit.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the FRNHA French Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the FRNHB French Studies; FRNHI French Studies major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This specialist unit, taught in French, focuses on modern and contemporary France. This is a unique opportunity for students to consolidate their language and cultural competencies by studying and analysing major aspects of French society through French/Francophone texts in the broadest sense (print, electronic and audiovisual). Students understand and discuss the finer points of French national identity, which may include French exceptionalism, Republicanism, immigration and secularism, inequalities and meritocracy.
Outcomes
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) read, view and analyse French/francophone written or filmic fiction and theoretical texts; (4) develop a historical and theoretical perspective on French/francophone literature, culture and ideas; (5) familiarise themselves with the latest research, and sharpen their research skills; (6) develop independent learning skills, research skills and interpersonal skills; and (7) critically assess and analyse a range of French literary and cultural practices in the fields covered, and contrast such practices with the ones from their own cultural background.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a research essay; (2) compositions; 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)
Sabine Kuuse
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
FREN2404 French Studies 4 or FREN2406 French Studies 6 or FREN2408 French Studies 8
Contact hours
lectures: 10 x 1 hour; tutorials: 10 x 2 hours
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