• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject French
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Communications, European Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course is designed to extend students' speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in French through the critical study of current affairs as represented in the French written press, radio, televised news, and online news media. We will cover some of the most topical issues in contemporary France, such as the rise of far right movements, debates on immigration and the growing presence of Islam in France, as well as controversies surrounding marriage and sexuality in the 21st century. Throughout the study of these key themes, students will improve their French language skills via written and aural comprehension tests, assignment work and an oral presentation. Students who have completed this course will demonstrate advanced levels of linguistic expression in French, in addition to substantial discipline-based research skills.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand some important grammatical structures and particular expressions used in the French press, and be able to apply them in writing
  2. Understand the French used in some audio/audio-visual documents and apply particular forms of expression in delivering oral presentations in class
  3. Demonstrate extensive familiarity with the content, and political and socio-cultural orientation of the main French newspapers, magazines, online news media, televised news and radio
  4. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of how media representation contributes to the shaping of public opinion in France
  5. Conduct in-depth research into issues of contemporary relevance in French society

Indicative Assessment

In-class written comprehension test in French (45 mins; 10%) [LOs 1, 3, 4]

Oral presentation in French (5 mins; 25%) [LOs 2, 3, 4]

In-class listening comprehension test in French (45 mins; 15%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

Written assignment in French (2000-2500 words; 40%) [LOs 1, 3, 4, 5]

Class participation (preparing readings/audiovisual texts before each class; 10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

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1 hour of lecture and 2 x 1 hour tutorials per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study each teaching week over the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed FREN6503, or with the permission of the Course Convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously complete FREN3106, FREN3107 or FREN6213.

Prescribed Texts

Written and audio-visual materials will be posted on Wattle as required throughout the semester.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3638 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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