• Total units 24 Units
  • Specialisation code FREN-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
French Language and Culture Specialisation

ANU is Australia’s leading university in research and teaching of languages. Make the most of your opportunity to learn a new language, or extend your knowledge of a language you already know, while applying to this language the skills of analysis and description that you will master in your degree.

Specialists from the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences will equip you with critical language learning approaches and an in-depth understanding of how to apply that knowledge. You will be taught by French Studies specialists and experts in oral, dramatic and textual arts.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. demonstrate general fluency in oral and written expression as well as in aural and reading comprehension, covering expression in different registers from everyday language use to academic language;
  2. express themselves orally and in writing in different genres;
  3. understand key aspects of culture, history, politics and society;
  4. demonstrate intercultural awareness, including critically comparing and reflecting on cross-cultural differences between Francophone and Australian cultures and/or their native culture; and
  5. conduct research on a topic related to French and its associated cultures, and to write an essay on their research outcomes.
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This specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:


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

FREN6501 Introductory French I

FREN6502 Introductory French II

FREN6503 Continuing French I

FREN6504 Continuing French II

FREN6505 Intermediate French I

FREN6506 Intermediate French II

FREN6010 Advanced French I

FREN6011 Advanced French II

FREN6012 Global Paris: Culture, History and Identity in the French Capital

FREN6510 Selected Topics in French Studies*

FREN6515 The sounds of French: phonetics and pronunciation

FREN6513 Current Affairs and the French Press (Advanced)

FREN6514 Imagining the French Empire: French Colonialism on Film


A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list, which must be completed in a French topic:

LANG6001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts

LANG6002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials

LANG6016 Translation Project


*FREN6510 Selected Topics in French Studies may be completed more than once if the topic is different.

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