French Cultural Studies

Subject FREN20016 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours of language seminars each week
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.


French 3 or French Intermediate Language & Culture A or equivalent.

Subject Code(s): FREN20015



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed 116-011 Intermediate French Language B or French Intermediate Cultural Studies at Level 1 may not enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Ms Diane De Saint Leger


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:

At the end of this subejct, students will:

  • 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 develop 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:
  • develop effective and critical reading skills
  • time management and planning
  • critical thinking and analysis
  • attention to detail
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French
Related Breadth Track(s): French - Entry Point 1

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