Courses

Please see the Registrar's Schedule of Classes for schedule information.

All students need a consent code to enroll in French Language Courses (FREN 10-106).

Spring 2019 Courses

Language Courses

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FREN 10A Beginning French

(1) M,W,Th,F 9:00–9:50, Harder

For students with little or no knowledge of French language. Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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.

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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 above).

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.

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FREN 32A Intermediate French: Conversation

(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Staff
(2) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50; F 12:30–1:20, Staff

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 20b or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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.

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FREN 104B Advanced Language Skills through Culture

(1) M,W,Th 10:00–10:50, Harder

Prerequisite: A 30-level FREN course or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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

(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Theobald

Prerequisite: FREN 104b, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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.

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FREN 106B The Art of Composition

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Staff

Prerequisite: FREN 105a, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above). This is a Writing Intensive course.

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 111A The Republic

image of poster for FREN 111(1) M,W.Th 12:00–12:50, Randall

Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of instructor. This is a Writing Intensive course.

The "Republic" analyzes how the republican ideal of the citizen devoid of religious, ethnic, or gender identity has fared in different Francophone political milieux (France, Ivory Coast, Canada, and European Union). Course involves understanding how political institutions such as constitutions, parliaments, and court systems interact in modern societies in which religious, ethnic, and gender identities play important roles.

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FREN 129A La Révolution tranquille?: Québec’s Culture Wars on Stage and Screen

image of poster for FREN 129(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Theobald

Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Considers plays and films from the last sixty years that have probed the tensions at the heart of Québécois culture to provide a violent counterpart to the sexual, political, and generational "Révolution tranquille" of the 1960s and 1970s.

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FREN 141B Introduction to French Cinema: un certain regard

image of poster for FREN 141(1) M,W 2:00–3:20, Voiret

Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of 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.")

Cross-Listed with French and Francophone Studies

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ECS 100B European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Making of European Modernity

(1) M,W 3:30–4:50, Randall

This is a Writing Intensive course.

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.