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FREN341 Topics in French

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Topics in French language and culture, taught and examined in French.

In 2020, FREN 341 is called "Investigating Maigret" and will introduce students to the genre of the detective novel and one of the most famous literary detectives, Inspector Maigret, the creation of Belgian author Georges Simenon.

Paper title Topics in French
Paper code FREN341
Subject French
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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Prerequisite
FREN 211 or 232
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
Suitable for students with good French-language skills as texts and a proportion of the lectures will be in French.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Dr Barbara Stone

Paper Structure

In addition to theoretical texts about the genre of the detective novel, FREN 341 features four of the novels which exemplify Simenon's contribution to the genre and also explores film and TV adaptations of the phenomenally successful Maigret detective novels. The paper will be a combination of lectures (many delivered in French) and seminars (where student participation is expected).

Teaching Arrangements
Three lectures per week.
Textbooks

La Tête d'un homme (Livre de Poche, 2003)

Mon ami Maigret (Livre de Poche, 2003)

Maigret tend un piège (Livre de Poche, 2000)

Maigret aux assises (Livre de Poche, 2004)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete FREN 341:

  • will be familiar with the development of the genre of the detective novel and the contribution of Georges Simenon to the genre.
  • will be capable of close analysis of a French literary text and engaging with secondary critical material.
  • will have improved information literacy skills, as well as having engaged in research and scholarship at an advanced level in the course of the written assessments.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Friday 11:00-11:50 38, 41

Topics in French language and culture, taught and examined in French.

Would you like to read and learn about some of the most beautiful lyrical poems in French literature, from the Middle Ages to the present day? Famous French musicians even made some of them popular during the Twentieth Century. If you want to discover the beauty of this literary treasure, FREN 341/441 is the answer.

Paper title Topics in French
Paper code FREN341
Subject French
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2021 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
FREN 211 or 232
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Eligibility
Suitable for students with good French-language skills as texts and a proportion of the lectures will be in French.
Contact
languages@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Dr Constantin Grigorut

Paper Structure

FREN341/441 will introduce you to some representative literary texts - poetry and music - following a main common thread: what makes the shining beauty of a lyrical poem.

Structured around 10 segments of analysis, the course will explore 10 of the most beautiful poems/songs in French literature, from Middle Ages to Twentieth Century.

Classes will be a mixture of lectures and seminars delivered mainly in French.

Teaching Arrangements
Three lectures per week.
Textbooks

Copies of poems will be distributed in class

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • link to our FREN 250/350 cultural paper and further familiarise with classic, modern and contemporary French and francophone culture
  • further develop a strong linguistic base of communication in French
  • further develop independent analytical and critical thinking with particular application to French poetry

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Friday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41