French Cultural Studies

Subject FREN20016 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours - 1 x 1 hours seminar and 1 x 2 hour of seminars per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


French 3 or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 Bertrand Bourgeois



Subject Overview:

This subject aims to help students transfer their adult reading skills from their native language to French, in order to be able to use French written sources for the same purpose as they use written sources in their own language. These purposes may be reading for information, reading for specialised study (literature, history, philosophy), reading for pleasure. This subject aims first and foremost to enable students to develop effective and appropriate reading strategies such that they become independent and successful readers.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to use their knowledge of French to read confidently and independently;
  • be able to read two long texts in French fluently, without recourse to translation;
  • have learnt to use their French reading skills independently to build up contextual information about what they are reading. This includes learning to use monolingual dictionaries and encyclopedias.
  • have further developed their capacity for reading implicit and explicit levels of written discourse;
  • be able to critically integrate their knowledge about France and its recent history in their use of the language.
  • Weekly blog entries equivalent of 1000 word during semester [30%]
  • 800 word dossier due at the end of semester [30%]
  • Final exam during the examination period [40%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 80% 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 department
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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have developed effective and critical reading skills;
  • be able to time manage and plan;
  • have developed critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • be able to pay attention to detail.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French
Related Breadth Track(s): French - Entry Point 1

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