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This course continues the study of French texts, films and topics in French culture. Students must be able to read French.
This course studies France’s legacy from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, focusing on a varied selection of topics: the classical theatre of Molière, a philosophical tale by Voltaire (18th century), a selection of nineteenth-century poetry (from the Romantics to the Symbolists), French existentialism (Camus, Sartre) and surrealism, as well as French film.This course is intended for students who can already read French well. It is designed to develop your French reading skills and to broaden and deepen your knowledge of France's legacy in literature and culture. The texts are in French, as is some of the teaching. Please note: this course is cross-coded with FREN211; students enrolled in FREN311 will, however, have an extra hour seminar entirely in French (among other additional responsibilities).
As a student in this course you will study five topics from different periods of French culture. At the completion of the course you will have acquired:1. An improved sense of the legacy of the past to modern France and the contribution of France to the whole Western world;2. Some specialised knowledge in key areas of French culture from the past;3. A basic understanding of some approaches to French Studies;4. An ability to place French cultural texts in a wider social and historical context, and to take account of differences in genre, purpose and philosophy;5. An understanding of the diachronic breadth and their relation to current events, both within French and the Francophone world, as well as more globally (for example: issues of language politics, diverse sociolinguistic registers, colonialism and post-colonialism…). We will draw on specific parallels between these contexts and Aotearoa;6. An ability to identify relevant secondary sources about France and francophone countries;7. Development of intellectual curiosity, and enhanced intercultural understanding;8. An awareness of the values and complexities of other belief systems and societies without necessarily agreeing with them9. An ability to show a good level of critical thinking and argumentative skills, thus further engraining critical competence in students which extends far beyond French studies.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Any 60 points at 200 level from any subject. A reading knowledge of French required.
FREN208, FREN304, FREN211
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The required text for this course is the FREN211/311 Course pack which will be provided to you,as well as L’Étranger by Albert Camus (available free online)Additional material will be circulated in class, and available on Learn.
Domestic fee $1,570.00
International fee $7,000.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences