• Class Number 3769
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Gemma King
    • Dr Gemma King
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

This special topics course invites students of advanced French to reflect critically on historical and sociocultural aspects of France, the Francophone world, and the French language through in-depth analysis of texts and materials from a variety of sources. The medium of instruction and assessment will be French. Specific topics covered will vary.

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. Carry out in-depth critical analysis of primary texts, especially in terms of their aesthetic, linguistic, and sociohistorical elements.
  2. Compare and contextualise complex viewpoints in French.
  3. Formulate, present, and evaluate sophisticated and original arguments in French.
  4. Engage in extensive critical dialogue with classmates in French.

Research-Led Teaching

This course is based on the Convenor's research expertise in French and francophone cinemas.

Additional Course Costs


Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

All required resources will be provided on Wattle.


There is no assigned textbook for this course and all files will be uploaded to Wattle.

However, you may benefit from the following:

a. Monolingual and bilingual dictionaries

Le Petit Robert / Le Robert (Le Robert Micro is too limited)

Collins-Robert French-English/English-French Dictionary

Students should consider investing in a Robert which can be of value long after your study of French with us. Avoid Google Translate at all costs; a reliable online dictionary is wordreference.com, which also has a good (and free) smart phone app.

b. Grammar resources

You are encouraged to buy a ready reference guide to verbs, such as:

Bescherelle 1, L’Art de conjuguer or its English adaptation: French verbs. The Bescherelle is also available as a good smartphone app.

c. You may also find the following useful:

Le Robert, Dictionnaire de synonymes et nuances.

Mary E. Coffman Crocker, Schaum’s Outline of French Grammar.

Jacqueline Ollivier and Martin Beaudouin, Grammaire française.

d. French students association

Students can join the ANU French Collective club, which organises film screenings,

breakfasts and other fun events:

Facebook: @anufrenchcollective Email: cf.anu09@gmail.com

e. Alliance Française de Canberra

The Alliance Française, near campus on McCaughey St in Turner, offers a range of activities and facilities. Their library includes an online Culturethèque open 24/7 to members. They also run the French Film Festival at the Palace Electric cinema each March.

f. SBS

SBS offers a range of French news, (subtitled) French films and French radio.

g. Podcasts

Podcasts are a great way to keep up with your French listening and general knowledge (on your way to and from uni, for example). France Culture and France Inter run many interesting French-language podcasts.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Each week will include 3.5 hours of class, comprising peer-to-peer and tutorial activities.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: Cinéma-monde Journal
2 Cinémas de la banlieue : Les Misérables Journal
3 Cinémas de la banlieue : Dheepan Journal
4 Cinémas de l’identité : Entre les murs Journal Presentations
5 Cinémas de l’identité : Bande de filles Journal Presentations
6 Cinémas du queer : BPM Journal Presentations
7 Cinémas du queer : Portrait de la jeune fille en feu Journal Presentations Writing Task
8 Cinémas du réel : Visages Villages Journal Presentations
9 Cinémas du réel : Ouvrir la voix Journal Presentations
10 Cinémas de la frontière : London River Journal Presentations
11 Cinémas de la frontière : Les Frères Sisters Journal Presentations
12 Conclusion : Le Havre Journal Presentations Essay

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial registration will be available prior to the start of semester via Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Oral Presentation 30 % 1, 2, 3, 4
Written Exercises 20 % 1, 2, 3
Essay 40 % 1, 2, 3
Participation 10 % 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Attendance at classes is strongly recommended; full participation in classes is essential to serious study of the language. Participation accounts for 10% of FREN3006; criteria for participation grades will be presented in Week 1. If you are absent for medical reasons, send your tutor your medical certificate. If you are absent for other reasons, you may submit your written notes for the week for feedback.



Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Oral Presentation

Value: 30%

Due: Weeks 4-10

10-minute presentation on a film studied in the course and its social, cultural or political context. Topics chosen in week 2.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Written Exercises

Value: 20%

Due: Week 6

Weekly reflective journal, developed into 700-word writing task to submit in week 6.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Value: 40%

Due: 2000-word research essay on a film studied in the course and its social, cultural or political context. Submission during examination period.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4


Value: 10%

‘Participation’ spans attendance, pre-class preparation, contribution in class, and homework- criteria will be provided in Week 1. This assessment applies to all classes of the week.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Presentation: students will receive written feedback the week after their presentation.

Essay and Writing Task: students will receive annotated feedback of their essay within two weeks of submission via Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Gemma King
02 6125 9029

Research Interests

French cinema, contemporary French and Francophone cultures, multilingualism, postcolonial studies, migration

Dr Gemma King

Thursday 14:00 15:00
Thursday 14:00 15:00
Dr Gemma King
02 6125 9029

Research Interests

Dr Gemma King

Thursday 14:00 15:00
Thursday 14:00 15:00

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