FREN4300 Language and Culture in French Polynesia

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
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.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate confidence and competency in spoken and written French

; (2) communicate productively in a range of settings
; (3) analyse issues encountered in intercultural contexts
; and (4) examine complex problems related to the socio-cultural context of French Polynesia.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral assessments; (2) long written assignments and research 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
Enrolment in Honours in French Studies
Assessed by the Convenor of French Studies, AND approval of the course coordinator
FREN2300 Language and Culture in French Polynesia
FREN3300 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):
Overseas field trip (estimated cost - From AUD3000).
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 dates: 15 June to 01 July 2019
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-2_2019]
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.

This unit can only be substituted for FREN4103 Advanced French Cultural Studies in the French Studies Honours sequence
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