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Spring 2023 Course Listings

All schedule information is tentative. Please see the Registrar's site for the latest information.

For a full list of courses offered next semester, download the PDF brochure: French and Francophone Studies Course Offerings Spring 2023.

For a short introduction to each of our course offerings or language levels, click on the course title below.

Language Courses

For more information about FREN 10-106 placement/enrollment, please see our Language Programs Placement page. If you have any questions, please contact Prof. Harder.

(1) M/T/W/R 9:05 - 9:55 AM, Niehaus

For students with little or no knowledge of French language. Permission required (please see instructions on our Language Programs Placement page). 

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? Learners discover the basics of French language and culture while speaking, listening, reading, and writing about everyday situations in France and Francophone countries.

(1) M/T/W/R 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM, Niehaus

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 10a or the equivalent. Permission required (please see instructions on our Language Programs Placement page). 

How does the attitude of a French student toward family and strangers differ from the experience of an American student? How do the French view work and vacation? Learners will deepen their knowledge of French and Francophone cultures while expanding their ability to speak, read, listen, and write in French.

(1) M/W/R/F 9:05 - 9:55 AM, Theobald
(2) M/W/R 10:10 - 11:00 AM; F 10-10:50 AM, Theobald

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 20b or the equivalent. Permission required (please see instructions on our Language Programs Placement page).

Did you study French in the past and need more speaking and writing practice plus a grammar review? This Intermediate French class is for you!  Exploring social “controversies” like sexism and globalization, it focuses on essential communication skills such as comprehension, contemporary vocabulary use, and conversational practice. Our materials include videos, music, websites, articles, and short stories.

(1) M/W/R 12:20 - 1:10 PM, Niehaus

Prerequisite: A 30-level FREN course or the equivalent. Permission required (please see instructions on our Language Programs Placement page).

Students advance their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, while focusing on key elements of French and Francophone cultures. Through the study of films, comics, current events, and cultural comparisons, we explore the ways in which French speakers’ perceptions of time and history, as well as space and nature differ from our own. We also examine issues of globalization in the Francophone world.

(1) M/W/R 10:10 - 11:00 AM, Harder

Prerequisite: FREN 104b, or the equivalent. Permission required (please see instructions on our Language Programs Placement page).

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.

(1) M/W/R 12:20 - 1:10 PM, Theobald

Prerequisite: FREN 105a, or the equivalent. Permission required (please see instructions on our Language Programs Placement page). [DL; WI]

Innovative strategies and online tools enable students to improve their creative and analytical writing skills. Students examine different types of texts, exploring their literary style, determining their authority, and exploring how words and images may move and manipulate readers and viewers.

 

Upper-Level Courses (above FREN 106)

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FREN 126B La place de la nature dans le monde culturel francophone / The place of nature in Francophone cultures

(1) M/W/R 1:20 - 2:10 PM, Harder

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

This course invites students to examine interactions between humans and the environment in texts and images created in Francophone cultures (France, Haiti, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Algeria, Morocco, Quebec, and the fictional nation of the Democratic Republic of Coto [based on the Democratic Republic of the Congo]). Students will discover key notions that have shaped ideas about nature in the Francophone world. By engaging with literary texts, films, and visual arts, they will trace, interpret, and evaluate the rapport between humans in Francophone areas and the natural world from the sixteenth century (when the French nation was established) to the present day.

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FREN 162B From Les Confessions to Instagram: Self-Writing in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature

(1) M/W/R 11:15 AM - 12:05 PM, Fauré-Bellaïche

Taught remotely in spring 2023. Prerequisite: FREN 106b, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

Through the works of major writers, the main goal of the course will be to study the many variations of autobiographical writing that characterize contemporary French and Francophone literature, and to relate them to the renewed exploration of the post-modern subject. We will examine along the way how the self relates to the others, how it engages with filiation, memory and history - (especially World War II and the Franco-Algerian War) - and we will put an emphasis on the notions of self-fashioning and performance.

Cross-listed with French and Francophone Studies

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ECS 100B European Cultural Studies Proseminar: Making of European Modernity, 1250 to 1650

(1) M/W 4:05 - 5:25 PM, 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.

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IGS 120A Inventing Oneself

(1) M/W/R 1:20 - 2:10 PM, Fauré-Bellaïche

Taught remotely in spring 2023.

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. All works in English.