FREN4103 Advanced French Cultural Studies

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in French Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit, taught in French, develops on students' prior studies with the view to encourage them to become French studies specialists, and prepare them for possible postgraduate studies. It further develops students' knowledge of the French and/or francophone literary canon from the seventeenth through to the twentieth century. Students also explore issues raised by literary canons, including—How can we explain the rise of some literary texts to canonical status? What is the role played in this process by cultural and historical contexts? Who or what is excluded from such a canon? Are there any common features to canonical literary texts? Are these contested? How did linguistic, literary, cultural traits of such canonical texts evolve over the course of centuries?
Students are able to (1) attain a high competency in oral and written French (at least Level C1 of the CEFR); (2) achieve a high level of competency in research skills, interpersonal and independent learning skills in French studies in readiness for possible postgraduate studies; (3) gain a broader knowledge and understanding of the French literary canon; and (4) engage critically with issues regarding the formation of literary canons in terms of historical contexts and cultural forces.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar preparation and participation in discussions; (2) in-class compositions; and (3) exposés. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Paul Gibbard
Contact hours
seminars: 1 x 2 hours per week (for 12 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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