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 2020 Courses


 

Language Courses

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 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.


FREN 20B Continuing French

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

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in FREN 10a or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above).

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.


FREN 32A Intermediate French: Conversation

(1) M,W,Th,F 10:00–10:50, Theobald
(2) M,W,Th,F 11:00–11:50, Theobald

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 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.


FREN 104B Advanced Language Skills through Culture

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, 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, while focusing on key elements of French and Francophone culture, such as the perception of time and space, through the exploration of films, news articles, cultural studies, bande dessinée, and music. We will also examine currents in contemporary French and Francophone youth cultures.


FREN 105A France Today: French Conversation

(1) M,W,Th 1:00–1:50, Nenciu

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.


FREN 106B Writing Workshop

(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, Harder

Prerequisite: FREN 105a, or the equivalent. Consent code required (please see instructions above). [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)

image of poster for FREN 111FREN 111A The Republic

(1) T,F 11:00–12:20, Randall

Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of instructor. [OC; Cross-listed with COML, IGS, ECS, HOI, and POL]

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.


image of poster for FREN 150FREN 150B French Detective Novels: Major Questions for a Minor Genre?

(1) T,F 12:30–1:50, Randall

Prerequisite: FREN 106b or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor. [Cross-listed with IGS and HOI]

Examines how French and Francophone detective novels take on big questions such as the origin of evil and how do you know what you know. Authors include Fred Vargas, Simenon, Driss Chraibi, Moussa Konate.


 

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

imge of poster for FREN 146(1) M,W,Th 12:00–12:50, 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.