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 2017 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
Prerequisite: Consent code required. Students with no previous knowledge of French and those with a minimal background, 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 11:00–11:50, Voiret
(2) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, 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, Gagnon
(2) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Gagnon
(3) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Gagnon
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.

FREN 104B Advanced Language Skills through Culture
(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, 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.

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FREN 105A France Today: French Conversation
Topic for spring 2017: French Perspectives on Work and Business

(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Nenciu
Prerequisite: FREN 104b, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions in bar to right). Students who have already taken FREN 105a can also enroll in this new course and this will count towards their major or minor.
Students analyze the culture and practices of the French workplace. The course is designed for students wishing to better understand the complexities of the French social model as well as the distinctive elements of the French perspective on work and business. Students will acquire the written and oral communication skills necessary for joining a French-speaking workplace.

FREN 106B The Art of Composition
(1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Nenciu
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.


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FREN 125B Mediterranean Crossings

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Fauré-Bellaïche
Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Navigating French and Francophone literature and film, we will explore the Mediterranean as a transnational space of multiple circulations, migrations, and cultural crossings in works by Lebanese, Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian, Greek, Romanian and French writers and filmmakers.

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FREN 141B Introduction to French Cinema: un certain regard

(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Voiret
Prerequisites: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Introduces students to the major trends in French cinema since the forties (New Wave, "cinema du Look," feminist cinema, cartoons, "comédie à la française," beur cinema, etc.) Students will learn the critical vocabulary necessary to describe the formal aspects of film and to analyze films from a variety of theoretical approaches. Films will also be viewed as cultural products influenced by their social, political contexts and their modes of production and diffusion ("l'exception française.")

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FREN 146A Reading Versailles: Portrait, Space and Spectacle under the Sun King

(1) M,W,Th 11:00–11:50, Theobald
Prerequisite: FREN 106, the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Examines bodies of literature, visual arts, and courtiers at Versailles in the theatrical society of intrigue and exile under Louis XIV. Concentrates on how the texts, maps, and art of the palace fashion a global portrait of absolutism: the Sun King.


CROSS-LISTED WITH FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE STUDIES

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IGS 110A Religion and Secularism in French & Francophone Culture

(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Fauré-Bellaïche
Tackles the persistent power of religion in France and its former colonies despite common ideals of secular nationalism. Through literature and film we will study the historical and contemporary cultural wars waged around the French notion of “laïcité” -- its confrontation with Islam, but also the experiences of Jews, Catholics, and Protestants.


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