French Cinema: The New Wave and Beyond

Subject FREN20011 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 54 hours - 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5-hour seminar per week and a 1 x 2 hour film screening.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


French 4 or French 6 or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


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:



Subject Overview:

This subject offers an introduction to French Cinema from the New Wave to the present. Themes covered in the subject include the New Wave in its social and cultural context; auteur theory; cinematographic language; representations of social change and the interpretation of cultural identities in French film. On completion of the subject, students should demonstrate familiarity with the practices and theoretical concerns of New Wave and post-New Wave filmmakers in France, be able to analyse the social and cultural processes represented in selected films from the period studied, demonstrate an awareness of critical approaches to French film, and communicate the results of their research and analysis in both oral and written forms. The subject will be taught and assessed in French. Prior experience in Film Studies is neither assumed nor required.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have gained an appreciation of academic French through the confident use of sophisticated oral and written French at level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
  • have gained an overview of the practices and theoretical concerns of New Wave and post-New Wave French and Francophone film in at least one of the four core areas of French and Francophone literature, linguistics, cinema and cultural studies;
  • have gained a broad understanding of critical approaches to French and Francophone film as well as of general research and analytical skills;
  • be able to reflect on their identity as a developing multicultural person and as a global citizen through the analysis of the social and cultural processes represented in selected films from the period studied;
  • have learned to do self-directed small research projects in the field of French and Francophone Studies and to locate pertinent research literature in both French and English;
  • have made wide use of learning and research technologies in French and English.
  • A 1000-word written film analysis written in French due mid semester [30%]
  • A ten-minute (1000-word) in-class oral presentation to be presented in French during semester [30%]
  • A 2000-word reflective essay written in French due at the end of semester [40%]

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:

Materials supplied by the School.

Breadth Options:

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

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;
  • have developed written communication skills: through essay and assignment preparation and writing;
  • have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations;
  • be able to pay attention to detail: through close reading and textual analysis, essay preparation and writing;
  • be able to time manage and plan: through managing and organizing workloads for essay and assignment completion.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French
Graduate Diploma in Arts - French

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