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

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; and
  4. recognise the importance of intercultural communication. 

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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following courses:

FREN1003 Introductory French I
FREN1004 Introductory French II
FREN2021 Selected Topics in French Studies*
FREN2024 Continuing French I
FREN2025 Continuing French II
FREN3006 Intermediate French I
FREN3007 Intermediate French II
FREN3010 Advanced French I
FREN3011 Advanced 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
HUMN2004 Global Vietnam: Gender, Labour and Migration**

*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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