Immigration in France

Subject FREN30017 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1.5 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.


French 4 or French 6 or French Language and Culture 1B or French Intermediate Language & Culture B or equivalent.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed French and Francophone Societies I or Immigration in France at Level 2 are not allowed to enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject covers topics such as exile and immigration in France, immigration policies and their direct impact on the migrant population, colonisation and decolonisation, racism and multiculturalism, French identity, nationality and citizenship. On completion of this subject, students should be able to analyse critically and synthesise coherently the arguments in the debate on immigration in France, discriminate among statements of evidence, interpretation, opinion and facts, regarding the definition and redefinition of the notions of culture, identity, and Frenchness in the context of globalisation, and compare and reflect on similar issues of immigration in other countries, in particular Australia. This subject will be taught and assessed in French.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this subject, students will:

  • have gained an appreciation of academic French through listening and reading and the use of oral and written French at level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
  • have gained an insightful appreciation of the history of immigration in France in the 20th century and how it has shaped and impacted on today’s French society through the case study of two migrant communities;
  • have gained an in-depth and critical understanding of the complex social, familial, cultural, political and identity issues faced by the migrants and their descendants; be able to analyse critically and synthesise coherently the various and often contradictory arguments discussed in the debate on immigration in France; be able to appreciate and give a close analysis of French political cartoons, films and other media related to the topic of immigration in France;
  • be able to draw critical comparisons between the migrants’ experiences in both French and Australian contexts; gain self-awareness and be able to reflect deeply upon themselves as migrants, Australians and global citizens; be able to express these experiences in an insightful and creative manner;
  • have gained the confidence and competence in conducting independent small research projects in the field of French Studies; retrieve, manage and critically analyse relevant research information in both French and English;
  • have gained the skills to work responsibly and autonomously in a team through effective collaboration with others;
  • be able to proficiently employ learning and research technologies in French and English.
  • 2 research projects or one project and a 10 minute oral presentation equivalent to 1500 words during semester [40%]
  • 1 written test during equivalent to 500 words during semester [15%]
  • 1 reading comprehension test equivalent to 500 words during semester [15%]
  • A 1500 word final essay due during the examination period [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:

Materials prepared by the School.

Breadth Options:

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

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations.
  • Written communication: through essay and assignment preparation and writing.
  • Public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
  • Attention to detail: through close reading, textual and film analysis, essay preparation and writing, and examination revision.
  • Time management and planning: through managing and organizing workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion and revision for examinations.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French

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