• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject French
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Language Studies, Film

This course will explore the experience and legacies of colonialism in France’s vast empire, covering geographic areas as diverse as Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam), Sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Senegal), the Maghreb (Algeria), and metropolitan France. Each week we will study one film from across the francophone world in order to learn about France's colonial past. We will examine the ways in which French directors imagine and represent this history, and consider the responses of directors from the former colonies. We will also explore the legacies of the French colonial project in multiethnic contemporary France. The films we will study introduce a range of complex questions related to immigration, violence, exile, and belonging. They ask us to consider how both France and its former colonies have come to terms with their colonial pasts and their postcolonial identities. In each instance, we will seek to interrogate the relationship between form and content, in other words, between the filmic image and the historical and political realities in question.

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. Critically analyse French and francophone film, especially in terms of its aesthetic, linguistic, historical and societal components;
  2. Compare and contextualize interpretations of French and francophone film in French;
  3. Appreciate the relationship between form and content in a set of 20th-century and contemporary French and francophone films;
  4. Formulate, present, and evaluate an original argument in French;
  5. Engage in critical dialogue in French.

Indicative Assessment

2 In-class quizzes (10% each, 25 minutes each) [1,2,3,4]
3 Reaction papers, 1,000 words each (15% each) [1,2,3,4]
Final In-class written test (25%, 50 minutes) [1,2,3,4]
Class participation, including online activities (Wattle), comprehension questions for each film, and readings to be completed outside class (10%) [1,2,3,4,5]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, 24 hours of screenings, and 12 hours of tutorials, and
b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed FREN3007, or with permission of the course convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed FREN6514 or FILM2014 or FILM6014.

Prescribed Texts

Readings will be listed on the course Wattle site.

Minors

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3458 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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