• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject French
  • Areas of interest European Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Peter Brown
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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The course will examine French attitudes to the Pacific, and in particular to Tahiti, as they have been expressed in philosophy and imaginative literature. Through a study of categories such as the exotic, knowledge, innocence, the savage, both noble and ignoble, civilisation and nature, the course will attempt to understand one of Europe's major encounters with itself through its encounter with another culture.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Explain in French the concept of cultural relativism (Assessment 1, 2 and 3)
  • Demonstrate in French an understanding of the concept of the bon sauvage (Assessment 1, 2 and 3)
  • Develop a capacity to discuss in French Enlightenment ideas on l’homme naturel (Assessment 1, 2 and 3)
  • Explain in French aspects of 19th century exoticism as it relates to Tahiti(Assessment 1, 2 and3)
  • Develop a capacity to present an argument in French about aspects of contemporary writing in French Polynesia (Assessments 1, 2 and3)

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation (25%), 2,000 word essay (50%) and other work (25%).

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33 hours of lectures and seminars

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed FREN3007 or FREN3008 or FREN3009. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convenor to enrol in this course.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3546 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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