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

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.

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; and
    5. recognise the importance of intercultural communication.

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

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

    FREN3006 Intermediate French I
    FREN3007 Intermediate French II
    FREN3010 Advanced French I
    FREN3011 Advanced French II

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

    FREN1003 Introductory French I
    FREN1004 Introductory French II
    FREN2021 Selected Topics in French Studies*
    FREN2024 Continuing French I
    FREN2025 Continuing French II
    FREN3012 Global Paris: Culture, History and Identity in the French Capital
    FREN3107 Current Affairs and the French Press (Advanced)
    FREN3108 Imagining the French Empire: French Colonialism on Film
    FREN3515 The Sounds of French: Phonetics and Pronunciation


    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
    HUMN2004 Global Vietnam: Gender, Labour and Migration**
    PHIL2059 Love, Death and Freedom (20th Century French Phenomenology)

    *FREN2021 Selected Topics in French Studies may be completed more than once if the topic is different each time.
    ** HUMN2004 Global Vietnam: Gender, Labour and Migration must have all research and assessment completed in French.


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