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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Campus(es)Clayton, South Africa

Notes

  • A minor only is offered on the South Africa campus.

Description

The French studies program is designed to enable students to develop a high level of communicative competence in the French language (including translation skills and specialised registers such as business French), and a critical awareness of fundamental areas of French studies; literature, film, cultural studies, politics and social sciences. Students will develop writing and research skills appropriate to advanced independent study.

Language levels

French can be studied from introductory level (level 1) up to a level of near-native language proficiency (level 10). The French studies program has four entry points through four first-year sequences, each comprising a first and second semester unit. These entry points correspond to four levels of proficiency in the French language, ranging from beginners to advanced. Students who have completed VCE French with a score above 30 or an equivalent qualification will normally enrol in French studies level 5. To ensure that students are placed in the most appropriate level in the light of their individual profile and the best outcome they can expect to achieve, all students, except beginners, are required to undertake placement testing prior to the start of first semester and, where applicable, to provide a copy of their VCE results.

The French studies program convenor, in consultation with unit coordinators, retains the right to determine the proper proficiency level for any particular student. Students are not permitted to accelerate their enrolment without first consulting the program convenor.

Study abroad

All students have the opportunity to participate in the Language Study Abroad program in France or the francophone world. The French studies program has exchange agreements with the University of Lyon III and Paris III et l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Paris) for semester-length study abroad. It also provides for summer semester forms of study abroad for students who begin their French studies at levels 1-4. For detailed information see the French Studies Program Studies Abroad web page at http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/french/ugrad/abroad.php. Students must obtain written approval from the French Studies program before enrolling. Grants for study abroad are available through Monash Abroad, to which applications should be addressed.

Non-Arts students

In some non-Arts courses students are able to take Arts electives and count them towards their course. Students who want to study a language as part of their non-Arts course should discuss this with the managing faculty of their course:

  • whether they are allowed to include language units as part of their course
  • how many units/credit points they may or must study and at what year-level/s
  • how to select the appropriate language units in which to enrol.

Note: Because some students will be unable to study language as first-year level units, the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics have created second-year level codes to enable non-Arts students to complete the equivalent of a first-year sequence in their chosen language. Students wishing to enrol in these units must discuss any future enrolment with the relevant language program before enrolling.

Units

Major sequences - choosing the right entry point

Students wishing to undertake French studies have the option of starting in one of four entry points. The following sequences are provided as guides only. There are several ways to structure a French studies major, however if a student wishes to accelerate through the proficiency levels either by taking study abroad units or because their language acquisition results allow them to, they must consult with the language program before enrolling.

Basic major sequences

NOTE: Students may replace some of their core language units with alternate intensive in-country units (up to 24 points), or can choose language study abroad units as electives.

Basic French major, entry point 1

For students with no knowledge of French or who have previously studied French at junior secondary level only.

  • FRN1010 French studies 1
  • FRN1020 French studies 2
  • FRN2030 French studies 3
  • FRN2040 French studies 4
  • FRN3050 French studies 5
  • FRN3060 French studies 6
  • one second or third year level elective from the elective units listed below
  • one third year level elective from the elective units listed below
Alternative entry point 1: Extended basic proficiency major sequence

Students whose entry point is French studies 1 may complete an alternative, extended basic major, consisting of eight core language units as follows:

Note: This option is not available to students commencing studies in French at higher entry points. Students wishing to complete this extended version of the French major must seek advice from the French program, and their home faculty (if applicable) before commencing as part-time enrolment may not be allowed for some students.

Basic French major, entry point 2

For students who have completed VCE 1/2 (year 11) French or VCE 3/4 French and achieved a study score below 30, or who can demonstrate an equivalent level of competence.

  • FRN1030 French studies 3
  • FRN1040 French studies 4
  • FRN2050 French studies 5
  • FRN2060 French studies 6
  • FRN3070 French studies 7
  • FRN3080 French studies 8
  • one second or third year level elective from the elective units listed below
  • one second year level elective from the elective units listed below

Advanced major sequences

Advanced French major, entry point 3

For students who have completed VCE3/4 French and achieved a study score of above 30 or who can demonstrate an equivalent level of competence.

  • FRN1050 French studies 5
  • FRN1060 French studies 6
  • FRN2070 French studies 7
  • FRN2080 French studies 8
  • FRN3090 French studies 9
  • FRN3100 French studies 10
  • one second or third year level elective from the elective units listed below
  • one third year level elective from the elective units listed below
Advanced French major, entry point 4

For students who have completed VCE3/4 French and achieved a study score above 40 and who have spent a period of at least several months in a French-speaking country, or who can demonstrate an equivalent level of competence.

  • FRN1070 French studies 7
  • FRN1080 French studies 8
  • FRN2090 French studies 9
  • FRN2100 French studies 10
  • one second or third year level elective from the elective units listed below
  • three third year level electives from the elective units listed below

Language Study Abroad units

Elective units

Units not offered in 2010

Electives:

Relevant Courses

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 1275 Bachelor of Communication
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002b Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 3909 Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts