Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

FREN141 France and the Francophone World

The study of selected texts representative of French and/or Francophone culture. (For students with knowledge of French; texts will be in French).

Are you interested in learning about culture in the Francophone world? This paper introduces students to a range of manifestations of French identity. An iconic poet, one of France's foremost 20th-century thinkers and a sociologist/writer (and former Minister of State, with immigrant roots) bring us their impressions of what it is to be French/Francophone in a period spanning more than half a century of tumultuous change.

Paper title France and the Francophone World
Paper code FREN141
Subject French
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

^ Top of page

FREN 132 or FREN 102
FREN 161, FREN 113
Schedule C
Arts and Music
The prerequisite will be waived for students admitted directly to FREN232.
Suitable for undergraduate students in French who are concurrently enrolled for FREN 232 (Intermediate French). Classes are delivered primarily in English.
Teaching staff
Dr Pat Duffy
Paper Structure
The paper is based on a combination of lectures and seminars. Resources consist of a short novel, a play, and a selection of poetry.
Begag, Azouz: Le Gone du Chaâba (available from the University Book Shop))

Sartre, Jean-Paul: Huis clos (available from the University Book Shop)

Jacques Prévert (selected poems distributed in class)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of culture and how it shapes our understanding of identity
  • Expand vocabulary
  • Learn research and analytical writing skills
  • Become acquainted with leading figures of the Francophone world

^ Top of page


First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 15:00-15:50 9-14, 17-22