French_studies

French Studies

FRNC1601 Junior French 1 Beginners

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alice Caffarel-Cayron Session: Semester 1,Summer Main,Winter Main Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: FRNC1611 Assessment: tutorial participation (equivalent to 500wds) (10%), online participation (equivalent to 500wds) (10%), 2x500wd grammar tests (2x15%), 1xoral test (equivalent to1500wds) (30%), 1x1000wd final grammar test (20%)
This unit is designed primarily for students with no experience in French. It is based both on communicative methodology and a functional approach to language. Its main objective is to teach the learner how to communicate and use grammar appropriately in a range of situations, while learning about French culture. It also teaches the learner to talk about language and understand basic linguistic principles. Speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension skills, will be developed through communicative activities. In addition, online resources and grammar activities will complement face-to-face teaching.
FRNC1602 Junior French 2 Beginners

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Alice Caffarel-Cayron Session: Semester 2,Summer Late Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC1601 or FRNC1611 Prohibitions: FRNC1612 Assessment: online participation equivalent to 500wds (10%), class exercises equivalent to 500wds (10%), 2xsmall grammar tests equivalent to 1000wds (20%), 1500wd written test (30%), 1x oral test equivalent to 1000wds (30%)
FRNC1602 Junior French 2 is the continuation of FRNC1601 Junior French 1. It aims at strengthening students' oral communication skills and at developing further their written skills (reading and writing) and their understanding of grammar. Having completed FRNC1602 Junior French 2, students in their second year will normally enter Senior French 1 FRNC2603.
FRNC1621 Junior French 3 (Intermediate)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Bronwyn Winter Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr tutorials/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: Less than 75% in HSC continuers, or having completed HSC beginners, or IB Ab Initio Grades 4-6 or equivalent Prohibitions: FRNC1201, FRNC1611, FRNC1612, 80% or above in HSC Continuers, HSC Extension, International Baccalaureate Ab Initio grade 7, International Baccalaureate Standard or Higher Assessment: 10xonline spoken and written quizzes (50wds each) (15%), 1xin-class written composition in French (250wds) (10%), 1xgroup tutorial presentation (3 minutes) (10%), 1xdictation test (100wds) (5%), 2xin-class short grammar tests (30 minutes each) (15%), 1xin-class listening comprehension and writing exercise (200wds) (10%), 1xlistening comprehension and oral test (15 minutes) (15%), 1xreading comprehension and vocabulary exercise (150wds) (10%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit is designed for intermediate-level students who have studied some French at high school or equivalent (refer to prerequisites). Students will focus on developing their knowledge of French society and culture through study of authentic written and audiovisual materials. Students will revise and consolidate their knowledge of French grammar, and extend their vocabulary and communication skills through interactive classroom activities and exercises to help them develop independent learning strategies.
FRNC1622 Junior French 4 (Intermediate)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Bronwyn Winter Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr tutorial/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC1621 or FRNC1611 Prohibitions: FRNC1202, FRNC1631 Assessment: 10xonline spoken and written quizzes (50wds each) (15%), 1xin-class written composition in French (300wds) (10%), 1xtutorial presentation and in-class peer evaluation exercise (10 minutes) (15%), 1xdictation test (150wds) (5%), 2xin-class short grammar tests (30 minutes each) (15%), 1xproject comprising listening and vocabulary exercise (150wds) (10%), reading and writing exercise (200wds) (10%) and oral presentation (5 minutes) (10%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit follows FRNC1621. Students will focus this semester on the cultures and societies of the French-speaking world. Students' knowledge of grammar will be expanded through greater focus on complex sentence construction and development of strategies for expressing opinions and impressions. The unit will also focus on developing information-gathering skills and class presentation techniques in French.
FRNC1631 Junior French 5 (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Carolyn Stott Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr tutorial/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: French Continuers (80-94%) or (French Continuers + Extension (less than Band 6 Continuers or less than Band 4 Extension) or IB Standard Level (less than Grade 7) or IB Higher Level (Grade 4-5) Prohibitions: IB Standard Level (Grade 7), IB Higher Level (Grade 6-7), French Continuers (95+) or French Continuers (Band 6) plus Extension (Band 4) Assessment: 1x500wd comprehension and written test in French (20%), 1x500 word written test in French (20%), 1x10-15 minute oral presentation in pairs in French (20%), 1x250wd peer assessment task in French (10%); 1x5-8 minute individual oral test (20%); tutorial participation (10%)
Note: Students who have achieved 95+ in French Continuers or (90+ in French Continuers and 45+ in French Extension) or (Grade 7 in IB Standard French) or (IBHigher level French (Grade 6-7)) should enrol in FRNC3621
This unit is designed for advanced-level students who have completed HSC Continuers or IB French. FRNC1631 will focus on consolidation of existing grammar, extension of vocabulary and development of communication skills. Students will be introduced to independent learning strategies essential for successful progression through French Studies at University of Sydney. An understanding of contemporary French society and culture will be enhanced through study of authentic written and audiovisual materials, including short stories and novel extracts.
FRNC1632 Junior French 6 (Advanced)

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Carolyn Stott Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr tutorial/week, 1x2-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC1631 or FRNC1301 Prohibitions: FRNC1302 Assessment: 1x500wd comprehension and written test in French in tutorial (20%), 1x500wd plan and literature review of research task in French (15%), 1x750wd essay / research assignment in French (25%), 1x5 minute oral presentation in tutorial (20%), 1x250wd peer assessment task in French (10%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit is a continuation of the Semester 1 unit FRNC1631. FRNC1632 focuses on reinforcing oral and written communication skills, consolidating essential university learning strategies introduced in Semester 1 (oral presentation, textual commentary) and introducing essay-writing structure and independent research techniques. Students will also build on literary analysis techniques introduced in Semester 1, this time through the study of a contemporary novel.
FRNC2603 Senior French 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sonia Wilson Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr tutorial/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC1602 or FRNC1612 or FRNC1102 Prohibitions: FRNC2611, FRNC2612, FRNC2621, FRNC2622, FRNC1631, FRNC1632, FRNC1622, FRNC2103, HSC Continuers Assessment: 2xin-tutorial grammar tests (equivalent to 500wds each) (35%), 1xin-tutorial writing test (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), 3xshort written assignments (equivalent to 250wds each) (10%), 1x15min aural test (equivalent to 700wds) (15%), 1x10min oral test (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%)
This unit follows FRNC1602. Students will consolidate their use of grammar points covered in FRNC1602, and extend their written and oral skills particularly in narration, through activities based on a series of authentic short written texts and audiovisual clips from the French news. This unit is normally taken by specialist students in conjunction with FRNC2605: French Contemporary History and Culture.
FRNC2604 Senior French 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sonia Wilson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr tutorial/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC2603 or FRNC2611 Prohibitions: FRNC1621, FRNC1622, FRNC2104, FRNC2611 with 65%, FRNC2612, FRNC2621, FRNC2622, FRNC1631, FRNC1632, FRNC3621, FRNC2623, HSC Continuers Assessment: 2xin-tutorial grammar tests (equivalent to 1200wds) (35%), 1xin-tutorial writing test (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), 1x15min aural/oral assignment (equivalent to 1200wds) (25%), 1x10min aural/oral test (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%)
This unit follows FRNC2603. It will focus on complex sentence construction (including reported speech) and on consolidating and developing strategies for speaking. Students will also be encouraged to reflect on what cross-cultural competence means by reading a series of short texts and conducting an information gathering exercise of their own in the form of an interview on which they will later report. This unit is normally taken by specialist students in conjunction with FRNC2606: Text and Image in Contemporary France.
FRNC2623 Senior French 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Marie-Therese Barbaux Session: Semester 1 Classes: 3x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC1622 Prohibitions: FRNC2611 Assessment: 2xwritten tests in French (equivalent to 1500wds) (30%), 1xwritten tests in French (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), 1x30 minute aural test (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), 1x4-5 minute oral test in French (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), tutorial participation (10%)
This semester, students will focus on the notion of identity and identities in France: the symbols of the Republic, its cultural and ethnic minorities and its regional vs. urban identities. They will work more on register (situationally appropriate language), develop listening skills through listening to the news and develop French writing skills through an introduction to short essay writing in French.
FRNC2624 Senior French 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Assoc Prof Marie-Therese Barbaux Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC2623 or FRNC2611 with 80% or above Prohibitions: FRNC2612 Assessment: 2xwritten tests in French (equivalent to 1500wds in English) (30%), 1xwritten tests in French (equivalent to 1000wds in English) (20%), 1x20 minute oral presentation in French in French (equivalent to 1000wds in English) (20%), 1x4-5 minute oral test in French (equivalent to 1000wds in English) (20%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit follows FRNC 2623 (see prerequisites). This semester, students will learn about the world of French literature and the arts and develop an understanding of some key cultural references. They will read and discuss a variety of short literary texts and in doing so, develop their vocabulary range and consolidate their knowledge of grammatical tenses. Essay-writing skills will be consolidated and students will work in teams on small projects to be presented to the class.
FRNC2625 Textes et Société 1: Identités en France

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Francoise Grauby Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1 x 1-hr lecture/week, 1 x 1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (FRNC2604 and FRNC2606) or FRNC1622 or FRNC2612 Corequisites: FRNC2623 or FRNC3605 Prohibitions: FRNC2614 Assessment: 2 x research projects (each equivalent to 2000wds) (40%), 1x written text analysis (equivalent to 1000wds) (25%), 1x10 minute dramatised group tutorial presentation (each equivalent to 1000wds) (25%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit is required for the major in the intermediate language stream. We will study the development of French national and cultural identity in modern times, with an emphasis on the social transformations France has undergone in the twentieth century and the political challenges it confronts in redefining its role in Europe and the world. The unit will also develop reading, analytical and critical skills through close study of a variety of authentic texts.
FRNC2626 Textes et Société 2: Littérature Moderne

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sonia Wilson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (FRNC3605 or FRNC2612 or FRNC2623) and (FRNC2625 or FRNC2614) Corequisites: FRNC2624 or FRNC3606 Prohibitions: FRNC2615 Assessment: 1xclass test (equivalent to 1000wds) (10%), 1xreading diary (equivalent to 1500wds) (25%), 1xdramatised group tutorial presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (25%), 1xessay (equivalent to 2000wds) (40%)
This unit follows and complements FRNC2625. It is required for the major in the intermediate language stream. It will focus on a contemporary literary movement and its influence. Students will read a novel and a play within their socio-historical, philosophical and literary contexts and acquire conceptual and linguistic skills for reading and analysing literature in French. Particular attention will also be given to vocabulary development and to using written and spoken French within an academic setting.
FRNC2633 Senior French 9

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Francoise Grauby Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC1632, FRNC2622 Prohibitions: FRNC3621, FRNC3631, FRNC2303, FRNC2304 Assessment: 1xwritten composition (equivalent to 2000wds) (35%), 1xwritten class test (equivalent to 1000wds) (30%), 1x15-minute group presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (25%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit follows FRNC1632. It is also designed for advanced-level students (refer to prerequisites for further details). This unit will emphasise social relationships in France through looking at the world of work, current social and cultural debates, and the issue of social exclusion. It will consolidate oral and written communicative skills through language activities. Students will apply advanced linguistic skills to a range of authentic material drawn from written and audiovisual media and occasional literary sources.
FRNC2644 Didactique du français langue étrangère

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Carolyn Stott Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: FRNC1632 or ((FRNC2621 or FRNC2624 or FRNC3606) and (FRNC2615 or FRNC2626)) Assessment: tutorial and seminar preparation and participation (10%); Part 1: Didactique, incorporating 1 x individual research project in French (equivalent to 1500wds) (15%), 1xindividual oral presentation (equivalent to 1250wds) (15%), 1xpeer assessment (equivalent to 500wds) (10%); Part 2: Analyse de textes, incorporating 4xwritten entries in a reading reflection journal, (4x10%) and equivalent to 500wds), 1xfinal written response (equivalent to 750wds) (10%)
Taught entirely in French, this unit introduces students to authentic French material for use in a foreign language classroom setting. This unit has a cultural and practical orientation. The cultural component includes the interpretation and analysis of selected French literature and popular culture texts in a variety of political, historical and social contexts. From a practical point of view, students will develop research expertise and enhance their spoken and written French.
FRNC2657 Langage et Littérature

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: FRNC1632 or FRNC2621 or FRNC2624 or (FRNC3606 and (FRNC2615 or FRNC2626)) Prohibitions: FRNC3654 Assessment: 200wd class test (40%), 4000wd text analysis project (60%)
This unit focuses on the power of literature: what literature can do? It explores literature as a mode of action and provides students with a methodology for understanding how symbolic meanings, i.e., social, ideological, philosophical, etc. are created in literary texts. Drawing on Prague School Linguistics and Systemic Functional Linguistics, this unit will focus on the language of one of the most influential writer of the 20th century, Simone de Beauvoir, and illustrate how Beauvoir's texts contribute a particular vision of the world that promotes action, choice and responsibility, and extends agency and transcendence to her readers. Students will develop new ways of reading and analysing literary texts and gain an understanding of the role of literature in society.
FRNC2671 Francophone Studies 1: The Maghreb

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Martine Antle Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: FRNC1632 or FRNC1302 or (FRNC2615 and FRNC2612) or (FRNC2502 and FRNC2612) or (FRNC3606 and FRNC2626) or (FRNC2624 and FRNC2626) Prohibitions: FRNC2713, FRNC2714 Assessment: 1x10-15 minute interactive group tutorial presentation in French (25%), 1xwritten analysis of the tutorial presentation incorporating response to peer feedback (800wds) (15%), 1x'dossier de presse' on one of the countries under study (equivalent 1200wds) (20%), 1xresearch essay (equivalent 2000wds) (35%), tutorial participation (5%)
This unit of study provides an introduction to the modern history, society, literature and culture of the Maghreb. Through works by major Maghreb Francophone writers and playwrights, students will develop an understanding of the experience of decolonisation and postcolonial society and of the interaction of French, Islamic and North African cultures - both traditional and modern - by women and men within those cultures and having emigrated to Europe.
FRNC2675 Nouveaux Média dans le Monde Francophone

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week (approximately a third delivered online), 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC1632 or FRNC2621 or FRNC2624 or (FRNC3606 and either FRNC2615 or FRNC2626) Assessment: 700wd online interactions and commentaries (20%), 1x6 minute online presentation equiv to 800wds (15%), 1000wd research project (30%), 1x1000wd essay (35%)
With the world dominance of Facebook, is there a role for French-speaking social media? This unit examines the social media phenomenon in France and Francophonie: its cultural specificities and unique development, its place in youth and minority cultures, its impact on the French language and social and political interactions, as well as its problematic relationship with French legislation. Online communications and the 'practice' of one of the main French language social media will be an important part of the course.
FRNC3625 Senior French 7

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Prof Martine Antle Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr tutorial/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC2624 or FRNC2621 Prohibitions: FRNC3621, FRNC2622 Assessment: 3xwritten class tests (equivalent to 3000wds) (60%), 1x30 minute listening test (equivalent to 500wds) (10%), 1x4-5 minute speaking test (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), tutorial participation (10%)
Students will learn more about social relationships in France through looking at the education system, the world of work and the issue of social exclusion.
FRNC3626 Senior French 8

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Caroline Lipovsky Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr tutorial/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC3625 or FRNC2622 Prohibitions: FRNC3621 Assessment: 3xwritten class tests (equivalent to 3000wds) (60%), 1x30 minute listening test (equivalent to 500wds) (10%), 1x4-5 minute speaking test (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), tutorial participation (10%)
This unit follows FRNC3625. Drawing on a range of authentic material taken from written and audio-visual media, students will learn more about French society in the globalised world through looking at the use of new technologies and issues such as bioethics, genetically modified food and the environment.
FRNC3634 Senior French 10

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michelle Royer Session: Semester 2 Classes: 3x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: One of FRNC2633 or FRNC3621 or FRNC3625 and (one of FRNC2644, FRNC2651, FRNC2655, FRNC2656, FRNC2657, FRNC2671, FRNC2675, FRNC2680, FRNC2681, FRNC2688, FRNC2689, FRNC2691, FRNC2692, FRNC2693) Prohibitions: FRNC3631, FRNC2303, FRNC2304 Assessment: 1x10-minute oral presentation (1200wds) (20%), 1x20-minutes video recording (2400wds) (40%), 1xwritten exercise in French (600wds) (10%), 4xin-class written exercises (800wds) (20%), tutorial participation (10%)
In this unit of study, students will develop further their oral and written skills, and their understanding of French culture. Emphasis will be placed on developing an argument with rigor and precision, and improving students' fluency, spontaneity and accuracy. A range of authentic material will be used, drawn from written, audio-visual media and literary sources.
FRNC3684 Récits de vie: Life Writing in French

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sonia Wilson Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: FRNC2633 and 12 credit points from (FRNC2644, FRNC2651, FRNC2655, FRN2656, FRNC2657, FRNC2671, FRNC2675, FRNC2680, FRNC2681, FRNC2688, FRNC2691, FRNC2692, FRNC2693) Prohibitions: FRNC3811 Assessment: 1x15min class presentation (2000wd equivalent) (30%), 3xshort written exercises (1000wd equivalent total) (20%), 1xresearch essay (equivalent to 3000wds in English) (50%)
Our life stories are never wholly our own. This course will focus on the various ways in which recent French life writing explores the boundaries between self and other, the individual and the collective, the personal and the social. Students will be familiarised with the development of autobiographical writing in France and introduced to recent autobiographical theory. They will be encouraged to dialogue with both autobiographical and theoretical texts through discussion and written exercises.
FRNC3690 French Political Cinema

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Michelle Royer Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week and film screenings Prerequisites: FRNC2633 and 12 credit points from (FRNC2644, FRNC2651, FRNC2655, FRNC2656, FRNC2657, FRNC2671, FRNC2675, FRNC2680, FRNC2681, FRNC2688, FRNC2691, FRNC2692, FRNC2693) Assessment: 1x1hr class test (equivalent to 800wds) (20%), 1xtutorial presentation (equivalent to 1200wds) (30%), 1xessay (equivalent to 4000wds) (50%)
This unit will focus on a type of filmmaking that shows political and social awareness by depicting socio-political events, contemporary social realities in France and issues of marginality and difference. It will consider the contexts in which various trends of political films have emerged, the influence of post-war film history and contemporary events. The unit will explore issues of cinematic representation of marginality, ethnicity, sexuality and difference. Film screenings are an integral part of the course.
FRNC4011 French Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Sonia Wilson Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Two seminars, each seminar meets weekly for 2 hours for one semester Prerequisites: 48 senior credit points in French Studies with a credit average or above, including completion of the major and FRNC3631 Senior French Language (or equivalent) Assessment: A thesis of 18000-20000 words in length and 6000-8000 words of written work or its equivalent for each seminar
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: It is strongly recommended that all intending Honours Students complete at least one semester exchange in a French-speaking country.
The Honours program in French Studies consists of:
1. a thesis written under the supervision of one or more members of academic staff
2. two seminars that meet weekly for two hours for one semester.
The thesis should be of 18000-20000 words. Each seminar requires 6000-8000 words of written work or its equivalent.
The thesis is worth 60% of the final Honours mark and each of the seminars is worth 20%.
Students should consult with the Honours Coordinator, Dr Sonia Wilson, regarding seminar offerings in 2014
For more information, contact Dr Sonia Wilson, Honours coordinator.
FRNC4012 French Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: FRNC4011
Refer to FRNC4011
FRNC4013 French Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: FRNC4012
Refer to FRNC4011
FRNC4014 French Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: FRNC4013
Refer to FRNC4011