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FREN341 Topics in French

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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 Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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FREN 211 or 232
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Suitable for students with good French-language skills as texts and a proportion of the lectures will be in French.
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.

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.
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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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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


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


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