• Class Number 4189
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ash Collins
    • Dr Ash Collins
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

 This course offers an introduction to literature in French. A study of major authors and genres in their cultural contexts, it aims to build knowledge of key moments in French literary history, cultivate familiarity with the formal elements of a literary work and facilitate acquisition of the critical tools necessary to analyse, discuss and write about literature in French. The specific focus of the course will reflect the interests and expertise of the convenor; readings may thus include works of prose, poetry, theatre and criticism and will explore a range of literary movements, including realism, theatre of the absurd, écriture feminine and immigrant and minority writing. In each instance, the literary text will serve as a springboard for discussions of history, society and artistic endeavour in the francophone world. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. critically analyse literary texts of a range of forms, periods, and genres and in relation to specific historical contexts;
  2. compare and contextualise complex viewpoints in French;
  3. formulate, present, and evaluate original arguments in written and oral French; and
  4. engage in extensive critical dialogue with classmates and convener in French.

Research-Led Teaching

Course content reflects the convenor's research expertise in French literature and thought.

Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information

Students are not permitted to ask for help from native French speakers, tutors, family or friends if the set task is an item of assessment for the course. Improper collaboration of this nature constitutes academic misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with ANU policy. The use of Google Translate for translating phrases in assessment tasks is also strictly prohibited.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Présentation du cours
2 Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie
3 Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie
4 Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie
5 Emile Zola, Thérèse Raquin
6 Emile Zola, Thérèse Raquin
7 Emile Zola, Thérèse Raquin
8 Romain Rolland, Jean-Christophe Plan de dissertation
9 Romain Rolland, Jean-Christophe
10 Romain Rolland, Jean-Christophe
11 Pas de cours Examens oraux
12 Bilan et atelier écriture

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Essay plan 20 % 1,2,3
Oral exam 30 % 2,3,4
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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.


See Assessment Task 4


This course does not include formal examination during the exam period.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Essay plan

20%, 700 words, Week 8

Students will submit a plan of their essay in French and will be graded on their capacity to lay out the steps of their argumentation in a cogent manner, explicate the connection to the key ideas and texts covered in the course, and engage with relevant secondary literature. This is a formative assessment which will allow the student to incorporate the lecturer's feedback before submission of the final essay task (Assessment Task 3).

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4

Oral exam

30%, 10-12 mins, Week 11

Students will be expected to have a conversation with the lecturer in French and will be graded on their capacity to produce spontaneous responses to questions, to summarise and synthesise key points made in the course, and to clearly present their own perspectives on the texts and ideas covered.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


40%, 2500 words, Week 13 (week after classes end)

In this final essay task, students will be graded on their written French as well as their capacity to explore a research question, cogently present an argument, conduct close textual analysis, and engage with secondary literature.

Assessment Task 4

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


10%, throughout semester

Students will be assessed on their engagement in the course, which includes active participation in group and whole class discussions, and preparation of texts and tutorial questions where relevant.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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 Ash Collins

Research Interests

French literature; Continental philosophy

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