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FREN441 Advanced Topics in French

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

Paper title Advanced Topics in French
Paper code FREN441
Subject French
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,174.57
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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 441 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 pie ge (Livre de Poche, 2000)
Maigret aux assises (Livre de Poche, 2004)

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 FREN 441 will:

  • Be familiar with the development of the genre of the detective novel and the contribution of Georges Simenon to the genre
  • Be capable of close analysis of a French literary text and engaging with secondary critical material
  • 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

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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, 36-38, 40-41
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

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

The Magical Beauty of French Poetry: A Voyage Through the Centuries is open to both students of French and interested students from other programmes/departments with a basic French linguistic background. The paper will explore the beauty of poetry through a selection of French lyrical texts.

We will start with Middle Ages, we will continue with the modern times exploring some of the most influential poets of the French Symbolism, and we will end our voyage with some representative authors of the 20th Century and the Postmodernity. Understandably, we will aim to analyse the original French versions of the proposed texts. However, out of programme students may also consider English translations for reading/analysis.

While students will have to read, discover and analyse the metaphorical complexity of these wonderful poems, together, we will also discuss particular links to love, freedom, solitude, hope, suffering and healing, looking at cultural bridges between the literary text and music or visual arts.

Paper title Advanced Topics in French
Paper code FREN441
Subject French
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period(s) Semester 1 (On campus)
Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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

Constantin Grigorut

Paper Structure

Teaching Arrangements

Three lectures per week.

Textbooks

A selection of electronic texts (poems) and web links will be provided on Blackboard. According to the subject chosen for research, critical bibliography may be provided to students upon request.

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 the paper will:

  • Express an understanding of the relevance of the critical Humanities in approaching the modern/contemporary French/Francophone cultural space.
  • Understand and Engage with poetry and modern criticism.
  • Understand culturally and historically diverse approaches within literature and other forms of art.
  • Recognise and discuss critically themes, motifs and symbols in poetry.
  • Critically engage with both theory and method in the development of an advanced reflective analysis.

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Timetable

Semester 1

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

Semester 2

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
AND
L1 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41