French 5

Subject FREN10006 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours - 2 x 2-hour tutorials per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Study score of 35 or above in VCE French (5 or above in IB French) or French 4 or achievement of French 4 standard in the French placement test or as determined by the French Program.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Henry Mera, Ms Diane De Saint Leger


Dr Henry Mera

Diane De Saint Leger

Subject Overview:

What does it mean to be French in the 21st century? Why should this question be asked? The program will explore the controversies concerning French unity that are currently taking place in France, not only in political terms but primarily as a conception of language and culture. The background to these controversies will also be explored by looking into contemporary debates and what feeds into them from the recent past. To this end, the subject will draw on a range of material from popular culture such as songs, advertisements, news articles, comics, TV shows, sport as well as French cinema and literature to explore and analyse the way in which this identity has been negotiated by individuals or groups of individuals at different points in time. Parallels and contrasts will be made with the various policies and initiatives taken by successive governments to promote national unity and patriotic sentiment (from street names to museums, the army and the republican school). The way this myth of unity was initially construed will also be discussed in the light of key national and international events.

Learning Outcomes:

On sucessful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have further developed skills in terms of resumé and narrative competencies in oral and written form;

  • have developed their use of complex sentences and moods other than the indicative (subjunctive, gerund, present and past participles;

  • have developed their understanding of discourse structure with a particular focus on argumentative competencies (th-/synth-/antith-) in oral and written forms;

  • have further developed their ability to use a range of dictionaries and other learning aids (thesaurus, online tools, grammar references, encyclopedia etc) to consolidate and increase their autonomy in their study of the French language and of French-speaking cultures throughout the world;

  • be prepared for entry into French 6 in the core subject sequence in French Studies at The University of Melbourne.

  • A 1 hour in class 500 word written test in mid-semester [20%]
  • A 10 minute oral debate (equivalent to 500 words) during semester [20%]
  • A 1500 word research project due during semester [30%]
  • A 1500 word written test due at the end of semester [30%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Material prepared by the French Program

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have developed skills in independent learning;
  • have developed skills in critical thinking and in the interpretation of texts;
  • be able to understand the social and cultural sensitivity of language use in particular contexts;
  • be able to appreciate different cultural contexts present in French-speaking communities;
  • be able to time manage and plan: through managing and organising workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion and revision for examinations.

Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French
Graduate Diploma in Arts - French
Related Breadth Track(s): French - Entry Point 5

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