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FRN3090 - French studies 9

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader(s): Patrick Durel


Clayton First semester 2009 (Day)


The unit builds on skills acquired in French Studies 7 and 8. Through homework prepared under guidance and class tutorials, students will refine their written and oral proficiency in the exposition and argumentation areas. Analysing selected documents will allow students to develop a critical awareness of socio-cultural issues in the French-speaking world. The unit constitutes excellent preparation for the DALF exam (B2 and C1 units), a prerequisite for entry to most postgraduate courses in French universities. In the Specialized Culture component, students will develop an understanding of how, in the French context, everyday life reflects and embodies cultural and social change.


At the conclusion of this unit, students should be able to demonstrate their mastery of advanced analytical, expository and argumentative skills in the context of essay writing and written and oral compte rendu activities as well as in relation to the Specialized Culture component, to have:

  1. developed a critical awareness of the nature of "cultural studies" and of the artificiality of the boundaries between disciplines;
  2. acquired a greater critical knowledge and understanding of modern French society, its values and their evolution;
  3. developed research skills.


Written work: 21%
Oral comprehension work: 8%
Oral and written comprehension tests: 16%
Oral and written exams: 30%
Culture component written work: 25%

Contact hours

Two 2-hour tutorials and one 1-hour lecture per week




FRN2090, FRN4090

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