French Cinema Research Seminar

Subject FREN40001 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours - 1 x 2-hour seminar and 1 x 2 hour film screening each week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) or fourth-year honours in French.

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 Andrew Mcgregor



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:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to initiate and conduct a research project on an aspect of French cinema;
  • have familiarity with the practices and theoretical concerns of French filmmakers;
  • be able to conduct analysis of the social and cultural processes represented in the films studied;
  • have 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.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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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, and examination revision;
  • be able to time manage and plan: through managing and organizing workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion and revision for examinations.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - French
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - French
PC-ARTS French
PD-ARTS French

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