• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest European Languages, Language Studies
  • Major code FREN-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The French Language and Culture major aims at developing students' ability to understand, pronounce and speak standard French and to read and write French as it appears in newspapers, magazines, media, cinema and literature. All courses emphasise the importance of culture, history, politics and society, and draw on a variety of material from written, audio-visual and electronic sources. Students gain fluency in French and at the same time develop their knowledge of France, in both European and global contexts (e.g., Africa, Asia, North America and the Pacific). Students’ entry level depends on their prior knowledge of French, and the exact sequence of courses leading to the major depends in turn on the point of entry.

Due to structural changes in the undergraduate program rules in 2012, the courses that make up the new 2012 majors may be different to the pre-2012 majors, and therefore some courses cannot be counted between majors.  Students are advised to contact the CASS Student Office if they are unsure about their Majors.

Learning Outcomes

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

    1. communicate proficiently and confidently in French
    2. identify the structure and uses of French
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the societies and cultures of France and the Francophone world, and their socio-historical contexts
    4. construct a schema of the connections between France and its geographical, social and cultural origins
    5. recognise the importance of intercultural communication. 


      Other Information

      FREN2021 and FREN3008 may be taken more than once if Topic is different

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      This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

      A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

      FREN3006 Intermediate French I

      FREN3007 Intermediate French II

      FREN3008 Advanced French Topics*

      FREN3107 Current Affairs and the French Press (Advanced)


      A maximum of 36 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

      FREN1003 Introductory French I

      FREN1004 Introductory French II

      FREN2021 Selected Topics in French Studies*

      FREN2022 French Literature and The Pacific

      FREN2024 Continuing French I

      FREN2025 Continuing French II

      FREN2026 New Caledonia: Field Work and Research

      FREN3106 Current Affairs and the French Press

      FREN3108 Imagining the French Empire: French Colonialism on Film


      A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

      (All Language Studies (LANG) courses must have a Course Topic of French to be included in this major.)

      LANG3001 Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts

      LANG3002 Translation across Languages: specialised material

      LANG3003 European Narrative

      LANG3005 Language and Identity ina European Context

      ARTH2080 Art and Visual Culture of the Long Eighteenth Century 1660-1815

      ARTH2081 Art of the European Courts, 1500-1815

      HIST2223 The French Revolution and Napoleon

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