- Code FREN3012
- 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 Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, European Languages, History, Museums and Collections
This course will explore the city of Paris as historical artifact, artistic hub and lived reality, to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the city's complex history and its role in constructing, reinforcing and revising French cultural and political identity. Taking the city as analytical object, the course will be composed of seminars, visits to cultural sites including museums, monuments and châteaux, collaborative workshops and guided walking tours of historically and culturally-significant districts. The course will critique the dominant narratives and myths surrounding the city, studying Paris's reputation as a global capital of art, literature and politics. Yet it will do so while also exploring under-examined and forgotten parts of the city relating to colonial history, revolutionary history, the legacy of slavery and the evolution of the Republic. The analyses undertaken in this course will equip students with the knowledge and language to understand core concepts surrounding French history, culture and identity, studied through the prism of Parisian cultural heritage. Ultimately, the course will provide students not only with an understanding of Paris's past, but a deeper insight into France's complex present and the tools to understand France and French influence in the world into the future.
Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.
Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course as advertised, in which case an alternative lesson plan will be arranged to fulfil the course requirements.
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 the place and function of cultural heritage in relation to French history and identity;
- Compare and contextualise contemporary and historical viewpoints in French;
- Develop an understanding of the concepts of Republicanism, multiculturalism and Frenchness through exploration of key sites, discourses, artifacts and encounters in Paris;
- Formulate, present, and evaluate original arguments and analyses in written and oral French;
- Navigate on-site language immersion, conducting intellectual and everyday cultural interactions with native French speakers in French.
Indicative AssessmentOral Presentation (10-15 minutes, in Paris): 25% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
2000-word essay (due after travel component) 40% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
2000-word reflective journal: 30% (LOs 1, 3, 4, 5)
Participation: 5% (LOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time, comprising:
75 hours of contact during two weeks of immersive study on-site in Paris, with two preparatory seminars on campus in the months preceding travel;
55 hours of individual research and group work, in Paris and at home.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Prescribed TextsAll texts will be supplied on Wattle.
All texts will be supplied on Wattle.
Assumed KnowledgeLevel of French language and cultural knowledge as ensured by requisites detailed above.
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|Mode Of Delivery
|01 Oct 2025
|31 Dec 2025