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FREN342 French Culture in the Seventeenth Century

The close study of a selection of dramatic works from the golden age of France’s cultural history, the seventeenth century. (For students with knowledge of French; texts will be in French)

Are you interested in advancing your knowledge of the roots of modern France? This paper traces the birth of enduring perceptions of France as we know it today through study of the highs and lows of the French monarchy during the 17th century.

Paper title French Culture in the Seventeenth Century
Paper code FREN342
Subject French
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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18 200-level FREN points
FREN 362, FREN 312
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Classes are delivered primarily in French.
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Constantin Grigorut
Paper Structure
The culture of 17th-century France is studied by means of three of its greatest writers. Classes are a mixture of lectures and seminars.
  • La Princesse de Clèves (Madame de La Fayette)
  • Les Fables (La Fontaine)
  • Le Tartuffe (Molière)
  • L'Avare (Molière)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of culture and how it shapes our understanding of identity
  • Discuss the development of French identity
  • Improve their ability to render logical, open and critical analyses
  • Expand vocabulary and make connections between modern France and its origins
  • Develop oral presentation skills and research and analytical writing skills

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Second Semester

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
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41


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