Before you enroll in French language courses (FREN 10–106):

PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

1. Students currently enrolled in FREN language courses (FREN 10-105) will receive instructions about consent code distribution before the beginning of registration.

2. All others should email Professor Harder (harder@brandeis.edu) as soon as possible with a description of their background in French, including classes taken, standardized test scores, and/or other exposure to the language. She will reply with further instructions about obtaining a consent code for the appropriate language course.

Spring 2018 French and Francophone Studies Courses


Schedule information is tentative. Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for current listings.

ALL STUDENTS NEED A CONSENT CODE TO ENROLL IN FRENCH LANGUAGE COURSES (FREN 10–106). PLEASE READ INSTRUCTIONS IN BAR TO RIGHT.


FREN 10A Beginning French
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Nenciu
For students with little or no knowledge of French language. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
What do Montréal, Paris, and Dakar have in common? What are the rules regarding how many times one kisses a friend on the cheeks? Why is France called l’Hexagone? This course will introduce learners to French language and culture and will help them speak, listen, read, and write about everyday situations in France and Francophone countries.

FREN 20B Continuing French
(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Voiret
(2) M,W,Th,F 11:00–11:50, Voiret
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 10a or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
How do the French perceive space? How does the experience of an American student differ from that of a French student in high school and university? How do the French plaisirs de la table differ from American attitudes toward food? Learners will deepen their knowledge of French and Francophone cultures while expanding their ability to speak, read, listen, and write in French.

FREN 32A Intermediate French: Conversation
(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Theobald
(2) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Theobald
(3) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Nenciu
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 20b or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Did you study French in the past and feel now that what you need most is to be able to speak? The French Conversation class is for you! It will focus on oral communication skills: pronunciation, oral comprehension, acquisition of common vocabulary, and conversational practice. Our materials will include radio and television programs, film, and newspapers. This is an experiential learning course.

FREN 104B Advanced Language Skills through Culture
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Theobald
Prerequisite: A 30-level FREN course or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Students advance their study of the French language and culture by continuing to hone speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. We will focus on contemporary youth and pop cultures through the exploration of a wide variety of materials including films, articles, songs, and graphic novels as well as touch upon the position of France and French-speaking countries in the world. This is an experiential learning course.

FREN 105A France Today: French Conversation
(1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Nenciu
Prerequisite: FREN 104b, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Improve your speaking skills while learning about and discussing socio–cultural issues that distinguish the French view of the world from that of Americans. Students will focus on expressing themselves better orally while continuing their work on reading, listening, and writing.

FREN 106B The Art of Composition
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Harder
Prerequisite: FREN 105a, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right).
Study of French composition through analysis of passages from novels, poems, short stories and newspaper articles. Emphasis will be placed on techniques of writing in French, such as dissertation and explication de texte. This is an experiential learning course.

FREN 111A The Republic
(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Randall
Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
The "Republic" analyzes how the republican ideal of the citizen devoid of religious, ethnic, or gender identity has fared in different Francophone political milieux. Course involves understanding how political institutions such as constitutions, parliaments, and court systems interact in modern societies (France, Ivory Coast, Canada, and the European Union) in which religious, ethnic, and gender identities play important roles.

image of poster for FREN 153 course spring 2018
FREN 153A Food and Identity in the French and Francophone World
(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Fauré-Bellaïche
Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Why in France is food so intertwined with national identity? This course apprehends French and Francophone culture by thinking with food - its connections with identity, power, gender, social distinction and aesthetics. Foodwriting, films, literary texts, articles by major cultural historians are studied.

image of poster for FREN 154 course for spring 2018
FREN 154B Regards vers la Chine
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Voiret
Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

Examines how China has often been represented by French writers and artists as the Other in order to question their own society, artistic practices, and political order. We will also examine if the new generation of francophone writers born in China offer a different vision of their country of origin. The course includes novels, poetry, movies, and paintings.


CROSS-LISTED WITH FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE STUDIES

image of poster for IGS 120 course spring 2018
IGS 120A Inventing Oneself
 
(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Fauré-Bellaïche
Do our backgrounds determine our lives, or can we transcend such limits to pursue dreams of our own? This class explores themes of liberation in works by French and Francophone writers and filmmakers and the global artistic and social movements they have inspired.

ECS 100B European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Making of European Modernity
(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Randall
Investigates how the paradigm of what we know as modernity came into being. We will look at the works of writers and philosophers such as Descartes, Aquinas, Dante, Ockham, Petrarch, Ficino, Rabelais, and Montaigne. Artwork from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance will be used to understand better what "the modern" means.

FA 156B Postimpressionism and Symbolism, 1880–1910
(1) T,F 9:30–10:50, Scott
May not be taken for credit by students who took FA 174b in prior years.
The course curriculum covers postimpressionist artists Seurat, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin, and more broadly, symbolist trends, expressionism, and art nouveau at the end of the nineteenth century. These trends are followed through chronologically to the early twentieth century in the art of Matisse and the fauves, and in German expressionism.


Schedule information is tentative. Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for current listings.