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FREN441 Advanced Topics in French

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

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

In 2020, FREN441 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 Advanced Topics in French
Paper code FREN441
Subject French
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points 20 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,142.40
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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Suitable for students with good French-language skills as texts and a proportion of the lectures will be in French.
Teaching staff

Dr Barbara Stone

Paper Structure

In addition to theoretical texts about the genre of the detective novel, FREN441 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.

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
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete FREN441:

  • 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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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

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


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