- Code FREN6514
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject French
- Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Language Studies, Film
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course will explore the experience and legacies of colonialism in France’s vast empire, covering geographic areas as diverse as Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam), Sub-Saharan Africa (Cameroon, Senegal), the Maghreb (Algeria), and metropolitan France. Each week we will study one film from across the francophone world in order to learn about France's colonial past. We will examine the ways in which French directors imagine and represent this history, and consider the responses of directors from the former colonies. We will also explore the legacies of the French colonial project in multiethnic contemporary France. The films we will study introduce a range of complex questions related to immigration, violence, exile, and belonging. They ask us to consider how both France and its former colonies have come to terms with their colonial pasts and their postcolonial identities. In each instance, we will seek to interrogate the relationship between form and content, in other words, between the filmic image and the historical and political realities in question.
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:
- Critically analyse French and francophone film in depth, especially in terms of its aesthetic, linguistic, historical and societal components;
- Compare and contextualize interpretations of French and francophone film in French;
- Appreciate the relationship between form and content in a set of 20th-century and contemporary French and francophone films;
- Formulate, present, and evaluate an original argument in French;
- Engage in critical dialogue in French;
- Undertake in-depth research in French and francophone cinema.
Indicative Assessment2 In-class quizzes (10% each, 25 minutes each) [1,2,3,4]
1 Reaction paper, 1,500 words (20%) [1,2,3,4]
Final In-class written test (20%, 50 minutes) [1,2,3,4]
Class participation, including online activities (Wattle), comprehension questions for each film, and readings to be completed outside class (10%) [1,2,3,4,5]
An extended essay of 4,000-5,000 words in French (drawing on Reaction paper) (30%) [1,2,3,4,5,6]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, 24 hours of screenings, and 12 hours of tutorials, and
b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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Prescribed TextsReadings will be listed on the course Wattle site.
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