• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject French
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, European Languages, Communications, European Studies

This course will explore the way in which media representation reflects and influences contemporary French society. We will cover some of the most topical issues in France today, such as the rise of far right movements, immigration and religious controversies, and debates on the future of the EU. As well as deepening students' understanding of French culture and society, the course is also designed to consolidate and extend speaking, listening, writing and reading skills in French through the in-depth critical study of televised news, radio, and online news media.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate familiarity with the content, and political and socio-cultural orientation of the main French magazines, online news media, televised news and radio;
  2. analyse how media representation contributes to the shaping of public opinion in France;
  3. write and speak persuasively regarding personal opinions on topics covered;
  4. demonstrate an advanced level of reading comprehension and writing in French; and
  5. demonstrate an advanced level of listening and speaking skills in French.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Oral debate (10-12 mins) (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  2. In-class listening comprehension test (50 mins) (25) [LO 1,2,5]
  3. Media journal (2000-2500 words) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3 hours of class time per week, and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed FREN3007, FREN3010, or FREN3011, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed FREN6513.

Prescribed Texts

Written and audio-visual materials will be posted on Wattle as required throughout the semester.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4189 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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