• Class Number 6775
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Leslie Barnes
    • Christopher Beshara
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
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 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:

  1. critically analyse primary texts, especially in terms of their aesthetic, linguistic, and sociohistorical elements;
  2. compare and contextualise viewpoints in French;
  3. formulate, present, and evaluate an original argument in French; and
  4. engage in critical dialogue with classmates in French.

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction, Lire et interpréter les textes/ Texte 1
2 Lire et interpréter 2/ Texte 2 Questions de compréhension/ Comprehension questions (weeks 2-12)
3 Texte 3 Contrôle/ Reading quiz
4 Texte 3 (cont) Exposés oraux/ Oral presentations (weeks 4-12)
5 Texte 3 (cont)
6 Texte 4 Dissertations/ Research analysis paper (weeks 6-14)
7 Texte 4 (cont)
8 Texte 4 (cont)
9 Texte 5
10 Texte 6
11 Texte 6 (cont)
12 Texte 6 (cont)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Reading Quiz 15 % 1,2,3
Oral Presentations 20 % 1,2,3,4
Comprehension Questions 25 % 1,2,3,4
Research Analysis Paper 40 % 1,2,3

* 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.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Reading Quiz

The reading quiz (30min) will take place in week 3 and will reflect the material covered in Weeks 1 and 2 on reading and interpreting literary and visual materials. You will be assessed on your assimilation of the vocabulary used in literary and visual analysis, your ability to analyse literary and visual texts and your written expression in French.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Oral Presentations

The oral presentations will begin in Week 4 and will offer the opportunity to apply your literary and/or visual analysis skills to one of the course texts in a 10-minute, unscripted presentation. You will choose a topic/question for the text we are studying that week and develop a literary or visual analysis of the text in question using specific examples from that text to support your ideas. This is not a research assignment, and as such, this textual analysis is to be entirely your own. You will use PowerPoint to present relevant context, your textual support, etc. You will be assessed on the organization and clarity of your presentation, the quality of your analysis, and your oral expression in French. 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Comprehension Questions

Each week’s reading will be accompanied by a series of comprehension questions to help guide reading and further refine literary and visual analysis skills. You will print these questions out and bring them to class, where you will hand them in. These questions will be the basis for our group discussions for that class session. This is not a research assignment, but rather, an exercise in textual interpretation, and as such, credit will be given based on A) completion and timely submission of the activity and B) the thoughtfulness of your response and your expression in French. There is no required word count for these exercises, but you should be aiming for roughly 250-300 words total per worksheet.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Research Analysis Paper

Two weeks following your oral presentation, you will submit a research paper (1,500- 2,000 words) that extends the interpretive work begun in the presentation. In this assignment, you will further refine your topic and literary/visual analysis based on class and instructor feedback. This may involve shifting the focus of your topic/question, bringing in other textual examples, rethinking the examples and interpretations offered in the presentation, etc. You will also situate your analysis in relation to the existing scholarship on the text, region, themes, et., as appropriate. You will be assessed on the organization and clarity of your writing, the quality and depth of your research, the creativity of your literary/visual interpretation, and your written expression in French.

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

In addition to Turnitin, you will submit the Research Analysis Paper in hard copy. This copy will be the same as that submitted via Turnitin and will not require a 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.

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 Leslie Barnes
6125 1879

Research Interests

Dr Leslie Barnes

By Appointment
Christopher Beshara
6125 1879

Research Interests

Christopher Beshara

By Appointment

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