• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest European Languages, Language Studies
  • Minor code FREN-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

The French Language and Culture minor 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 a variety of material from written, audio-visual and electronic sources is drawn on. 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 minor depends in turn on the point of entry.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. communicate in French in a range of contexts
  2. demonstrate an understanding of 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. 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 minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 18 units 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

FREN3006 Intermediate French I

FREN3007 Intermediate French II

FREN3010 Advanced French I

FREN3011 Advanced French II

FREN3106 Current affairs and the French Press

FREN3107 Current Affairs and the French Press (Advanced)

FREN3108 Imagining the French Empire: French Colonialism on Film



A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list, which must be completed in a French topic:

LANG3001 Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts

LANG3002 Translation across Languages: specialised material

LANG3003 European Narrative

LANG3005 Language and Identity in a European Context



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

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


FREN2021 Selected Topics in French Studies may be completed more than once in a different Topic each in instance.

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