• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course, including an intensive in-country component, will explore aspects of New Caledonian culture, particularly through a study of recent imaginative literature. New Caledonia has undergone considerable change in recent years, emerging from near civil war in the 1980s to a consensus for constitutional transition. Coursework will take place at the ANU and in New Caledonia, where there will also be excursions to the old convict penitentiary, the new Kanak Customary Senate, the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, and a stay in a Kanak village in the Northern Province.

The aim of the course is to give students experience of cultural diversity through the study of a French-speaking Pacific culture (New Caledonia), including via in-country fieldwork and coursework. It aims to give students an understanding of features of a society in constitutional and social transition and a grasp of the issues presented in recent imaginative literature. It also aims to develop students' capacity to be autonomous observers of a foreign culture and to develop their research skills.

The language of instruction will be French and all work will be submitted in French.

Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.

Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course. An alternative lesson plan will be arranged to fulfill the course requirements.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Reflect upon and describe important features of the history and culture of New Caledonia
  2. Describe the current constitutional situation of New Caledonia
  3. Explain the significance of imaginative literature during the past quarter-century in New Caledonia
  4. Identify local varieties of French and distinguish them from standard metropolitan French

Indicative Assessment

Coursework in-class test , 50 min (20%) [1, 2, 3, 4 ]
Rapport de stage: fieldwork report, 1,200 words (35%) [1, 2]
Research Essay, 2,000 words (45%) [1, 2, 3, 4 ]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 3 hours of class time per week
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

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. Incompatible with FREN6511.




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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
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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