French Cinema Research Seminar

Subject FREN40001 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 2-hour seminar and a film screening each week.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.


Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honors in French.



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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject is designed to allow students to develop their analytical and research skills in a particular area of French cinema. Students may choose to analyse a French film, the work of a French film director, French film criticism, a French film genre, or specific themes or theoretical issues in French cinema. Students will present their research in French in both oral and written form by means of class presentations, class discussions, online discussion forum contributions and essay writing. The subject is taught and assessed in French.

Learning Outcomes:
  • ability to initiate and conduct a research project on an aspect of French cinema;
  • familiarity with the practices and theoretical concerns of French filmmakers;
  • analysis of the social and cultural processes represented in the films studied;
  • awareness of critical approaches to French film.
  • One 20 minute in class oral presentation during semester [30%]
  • Contributions to online discussion forum during semester totalling 1000 words [20%]
  • One 2000 word research essay due at the end of semester [50%]

All assessment for this subject is to be completed in French.

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.

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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 and textual 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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