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FREN 6509 - Applied Stylistics I      

FREN 6509 is a refresher course that systematically covers all the basic language structures and various types of discourse : narrative, descriptive, and dialectical. The objective is to encourage students to write clearly and subtly.
The course focuses on the daily practice of exercises.

Required Text:
1) A unilingual dictionary; 2) Nouvelle grammaire du français (cours de civilisation de la Sorbonne), par Y. Delatour, D. Jennepin, M. Léon-Dufour et B. Teyssier, Hachette, 2004 (ISBN : 9782011552716). Language & Stylistics

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FREN 6510 - Applied Stylistics II      

This course aims to help students perfect their written French, explore and use argumentative strategies, and develop an authentic style. Identification and resolution of writing problems, stylistic exercises and composition of texts, independently and in workshops.

Required Text:
Chovelon, Bernadette et Barthe, Marie (2002); Expression et style: Français de perfectionnement. ISBN 2 7061 1081 8;Presses Universitaires de Grenoble Language & Stylistics

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FREN 6511 - Applied Stylistics      

Applied Stylistics : Mastering Written Discourse and Texts

The purpose of this course is to give the students a thorough knowledge of the language structures and of various types of discourse: narrative, descriptive, and dialectical. The objective is to encourage students to write clearly and subtly. Designed in co-ordination with course 611 taught in the Paris program, it will train students for this advanced course.

The course focuses on the daily practice of exercises. Students will need a unilingual dictionary, a grammar book and a course pack, in which they will find explanations of grammatical topics and exercises. This course pack will be available at the campus bookstore.

Required Texts:
* FREN6511 course pack
* Yvonne DELATOUR, Dominique JENNEPIN, Maylis LEON-DUFOUR et Brigitte TEYSSIER, Nouvelle grammaire du français: Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne ISBN : 9782011552716 Language & Stylistics

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FREN 6514 - Applied Phonetics      

This course is for students wishing to develop and perfect their oral production.
The objectives of this course are two-fold:
- To develop an understanding of the principles that govern French language
- To put these principles into practice so that students may improve their -pronunciation and aural comprehension.
The phonetics course is adapted to the students’ mother tongue
Each class will include systematic work on pronunciation, rhythm and intonation through a wide array of oral exercises (discrimination and repetition).
Students will also work individually in a virtual language laboratory.

Required text:
- Lucile CHARLIAC et, Annie-Claude MOTRON; Phonétique progressive du français. Niveau intermédiaire. Avec 600 exercices. CD MP3 inclus. ISBN : 978-209-038167 Language & Stylistics

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FREN 6522 - Urban Sociolinguistics      

This course is intended as an introduction to the issue of language use within a social context from a sociolinguistic standpoint –a discipline dedicated to the study of language in its social and cultural manifestations.

The issues discussed in class will include: use of language registers and their implications, sociolinguistics as a field of research, social variations in French, verbal interactions, linguistic representations, and the emergence of an urban sociolinguistic domain. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required. Linguistics

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FREN 6524 - Introduction to Linguistics      

This course is meant to be a first contact with the principles and methods of linguistic analysis. Involving an introduction to linguistics, this course is aimed at people who are just starting French linguistic studies as well as to advanced level students willing to improve and systematize their knowledge by means of a structured reflection on some fundamental concepts of general linguistics.
An introduction to a complex discipline can be dealt with different approaches. While proposing a view of the organization and functioning of the human language, presenting the main notions of modern linguistics and the principal research fields, we will divide the present course into four wide areas: phonetics and phonology, morphology, lexical semantics, and semantics of the enunciation (enunciative and pragmatic approach).
No previous knowledge of linguistics is required. Linguistics

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FREN 6525 - Methodology:Literature      

Reading, Understanding, Writing Travel: Textual Analysis Methodologies

This course will help students master analytical and textual methodologies. These methodologies will allow students to read and comprehend texts in depth while developing their written analytical skills by performing methodological exercises such as summaries, technical explanations, close readings, argumentative dialectical essay, reading analyses or oral thematic presentations.
In these exercises, we will study tropes on the Other in literature, anthropology, sociology, and politics. What representation and images of travel, the foreign and the Other, stem from the French reader’s perspective? And who is this Other? Etymologically “the one who is not here”, the Other can be the neighbor, the opposite sex, the foreigner -- whoever is different. And what usage is made of such fluctuating representations? In a quest for travel and alterity through different texts spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries, we will explore the anthropological, sociological, political, stylistic, poetical, critical and ideological renewal of transcribed viewpoints of human identity and French clichés. To this end, we will study textual excerpts from different horizons might they be geographical, political, sociological, anthropological or historical.

Required texts:*Denis DIDEROT, /Le Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville/, ISBN: 2253138096
Michel ONFRAY, /La Théorie du Voyage/, ISBN : 2253084417
Tierno MONENEMBO, /Le Roi de Kahel/, ISBN : 9782757814611
Required Coursepack
A Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College bookstore
Methodology

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FREN 6526 - Methodology:Culture&Modern Soc      

Methodology Applied to Sociology and Civilization: Culture and Modern Society

The principal aim of this course is to provide a methodological background in civilization. Students will work on summary, synthesis, dissertation, critical reading and oral presentation and will study a broad range of texts.
The second aim is to understand the social trends at work in contemporary society with a focus on France. We will study several themes such as sports, fashion, art, gastronomy, Paris, travel, ethics, social stratification, happiness etc. These different subjects based on different texts will draw a picture of our society as well as of the main social theories used to explain social trends.
The class will be organized around oral presentations followed by discussion. There will be also written assignments (summary, synthesis and dissertation).

Required Text:
FREN 6523 Coursepack Methodology

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FREN 6527 - Methodology:Hist, Psci, Phil      

Methodology Applied to Civilization: History, Political Science and Philosophy.

The purpose of this course is to explain the French methodology used for written and oral exercises such as synthesis, dissertation and text analysis (+ oral presentation). The course aims at providing practical tools for social sciences (history, political science, philosophy) and it will be based on practical exercises performed by the students of the class under the supervision of the professor. The methodology will be of great importance for those who intend to go to and study in France. The contents of the class (with a large range of texts and documents) will be focused on the French political history of the Republic, from the 19th century to the present.

Required text:*Vincent MILLOT, Olivier WIEVIORKA, /Méthode pour le commentaire et la dissertation historiques/, 4eme édition, 2011, Paris, Armand Colin, 128 pages. ISBN-13: 978-2200248949 Methodology

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FREN 6587 - Francophone Lit of Maghreb      

Postcolonial Francophone Literature of the Maghreb

Born in the colonial period, the francophone literature of Maghreb developed from an « ethnologic » type of discourse to a more questioning form of expression.
The latter developed in the 19th century with school-teachers educated in the French tradition and whose primary merit was to establish the presence of an “indigenous” point of view within the colonial system.
The main themes were the question of the existence of an identity in a situation of acculturation, and the fascination for the French language which was the only idiom available to express a s »synthetic »ideal, between the situation of the colonized and the aspiration for an emancipation through literature.
Starting with Frantz Fanon (Les Damnés de la terre, An v de la révolution algérienne) and then put into words by H. Bhabha, postcolonial theory found its expression in the works of J.M. Amrouche, M. Dib, K. Yacine, A. Memmi.
At independence this type of literature meant to be a space of freedom but self-questioning appeared, about language, model of development, modernity, social criticism, anti-clerical discourse and the situation of women ; this was principally present in the works of A. Djebar.
A new generation emerged in the 70s and 80s, that of disenchantment, where language took a more violent and engaged form (A. Chraibi, R. Boudjedra, R. Mimouni, A. Laabi), although it might also be a way (T. Djaout) to express their disarray in a subversive novel.
The beginning of the 21st century was marked by the sense of fright in front of the issue of religion and the social rifts which followed.

Required texts :
- Albert CAMUS, L’étranger, ISBN -10: 2070360024
- Rachid MIMOUNI, Le fleuve détourné/, ISBN-10: 2234052041
- Kamel DAOUD, /Meursault, contre-enquête
, ISBN-978-2-330-03372-9 Literature

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FREN 6594 - Linguistics &For Lang Teaching      

Fundamentals in Linguistics and Foreign Language Teaching

The objective of this course is to provide an overview of fundamental concepts in Linguistics and Foreign / Second Language Teaching and to consolidate the knowledge of the terminology specific to these two disciplines. It is particularly recommended for students who will spend the year in Paris for their Master and who will attend courses in these two subject matters while in France. In linguistics we will study the basic concepts of the different levels of analysis of a language system (phonetics / phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics). The course will also provide an overview of a chronological perspective on teaching methodologies. Students will then be invited to discover the linguistic (and other) goals as well as methodologies adopted in various exercises and activities found in textbooks of French as a Foreign / Second Language. Linguistics Methodology Pedagogy

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FREN 6601 - Studies of Semantic-Pragmatic      

In this course we propose a linguistic approach of discourse operators (adverbs, conjunctions, several locutions). The scientific study framework of our object is a recent version of language argumentation theory whitch includes, in particular, strategic discourse notion, theory of stereotypes and polyphony. In the first part of the course, we will attempt to develop a method of analysis based on these notions which will be of use to the description of the chosen linguistics units. In the second part, we will apply the methodology acquired in a corpus of examples having the same lexical entity, to determine the various semantic values.

No textbook required Linguistics

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FREN 6609 - Comparative Stylistics      

Learning a foreign language, contrary to what happens for a mother tongue, usually does not occur in a vacuum. Any foreign language student quickly becomes aware of the fact that interferences do exist between the native language and the studied language; these may take the names of false-friends, anglicisms , gallicisms, literal translations etc. The objective of this course will be to become aware of the processes which may be at play when going from one language to the other, a field of study which is called comparative stylistics or science of translating. The aim will therefore be to identify, understand and master the mechanisms at stake in order to improve one’s competence in the French language, while being aware of the “juncture points” between English and French. The course is primarily intended for 2nd, 3rd or 4th year students, or students not having to take 509 or 510.

There will be no compulsory text book, documents will be posted from week to week on the course site; however it might be advisable to have a good unilingual French dictionary (for example: Lexis Larousse de la langue française) and a good bilingual dictionary (for example: Le Robert & Collins français-anglais et anglais-français). Linguistics Language & Stylistics

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FREN 6612 - Language & Theater      

This course aims at developing ease and fluidity of oral communication in French. With the support of contemporary Francophone plays, students will discover the diversity of the French languages by working on pronunciation, quality of their voice, gesture and breathing to give them confidence when it’s time to talk in public. NO NEED TO HAVE ANY EXPERIENCE IN THEATER. We will emphasize on the possible applications in the activities propounded in each of their disciplines: teaching, making conferences, etc.
The course will be articulated in a dynamic, participative and creative way around three axes:
1) Dramaturgical approach of the plays: reading, discussion, analysis;
2) Exercises stemming from the theatrical pedagogy to improve the qualities of articulation, pronunciation, memorization, verbal ease and public speaking;
3) Staging extracts of the studied plays, which will close the course.
This year, we will work on two recent works from French young playwrights, two Guillaumes: Guillaume Cayet and Guillaume Poix.

Required texts: Guillaume CAYET, Les immobiles, ISBN: 9782842606725
A Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College bookstore Language & Stylistics

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FREN 6613 - Textual Linguistics      

This course focuses on the study of arrangements of proposals and proposal packages in the unit that constitutes the text. Thus, we will discuss various related phenomena, on the one hand, to enunciation, where we will focus on the situation and plans of enunciation, as well as development of phenomena such as polyphony, reported speech, modality, modalization, speech acts, connectors, temporality etc...
On the other hand, having the text as a reference, we will focus on the construction of reference and textual cohesion (anaphora, coreference, thematic progression, etc.).
No previous knowledge of linguistics is required. Linguistics

Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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FREN 6615 - Women, Lit &Identity in Africa      

Women, Literature and Identity in Africa

This course is an exploration of French literary and cultural productions by and about African women. It will determine the ways in which writers and filmmakers from various parts of the continent represent female identities and examine the historical, political, social and cultural determinants of their subjectivities. The course will explore the strategies used to overcome various challenges relating to gender in their respective societies as well as the way fiction serves as a tool for social subversion or transformation. Among the themes to be treated are identity, power, resistance, language, the body and sexuality. By the end of this seminar, students should be able to 1) identify the historical and political context surrounding the birth of African female writing; 2) describe specific issues central to African women writing; 3) define the avenues used by female protagonists to empower themselves in generally conservative societies.

Required texts:
- Marima BÂ, Une si longue lettre, ISBN: 2842612892
- Calixthe BEYALA, C’est le soleil qui m’a brûlée, ISBN: 2290025127
- Malika MOKEDEM, Des rêves et des assassin, ISBN8: 2246514819 Literature

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FREN 6620 - Literature and Politics      

Literature and Politics, a Shared History

Germaine de Staël was the first to underline the peculiar link between literature and politics. Writers have contributed through their art to the big debates over the years; they have influenced political behaviors and ideas, in their own way. They have been as well indicators for the passions and tensions of a society which often put the question of power at the heart of ideological struggles. This propinquity originates from French language, its use and evolution, which takes a full part in this troubled history. This fully justifies exploring two centuries of literature, mainly French, through texts and authors and discovering those struggles, no less strong than battles or barricades.
Four major themes will be addressed, in six chronological steps: the founding dialogue of two savoyards: Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Joseph de Maistre (Revolution, Counter Revolution), the lampoon as a weapon, literary review, the novel reflecting political engagement. Texts will illustrate the classes, following the order and underlining the main themes. Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6622 - Francophone Cinema 1969-2012      

Francophone Cinema and the Question of Autonomy (1969-2012)* Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6623 - Hist in French Caribbean Lit      

This course studies the period of post-colonial literary history of Caribbean and French West Indies literatures through the famous novels of Patrick Chamoiseau (Texaco), Maryse Condé (Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem), Dany Laferrière (Pays sans chapeau) and Gisèle Pineau (L’exil selon Julia). The narratives of these francophone writers examine the problems of identity of the people born in the Caribbean (Haiti, Guadeloupe or Martinique) trying to deal with ideologies of liberation or progress. We will analyze anti-colonial figures (both men and women) and aspects of the Creole language in these works of art.


Required Text:
1) Patrick Chamoiseau, Texaco, ISBN-13 : 9782070727506
2) Maryse Condé, Moi tituba sorcière, ISBN-13: 978-2070379293;
3) Dany Laferrière, Pays sans chapeau, ISBN-13 : 9782842612696
4) Gisèle Pineau, Chair Piment, ISBN-13 : 9782070315482 Literature

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FREN 6624 - Myth of Paris in French Lit      

This course will examine the different aspects and the numerous meanings of the literary image of Paris in French literature from its medieval origins to its contemporary achievement. We will find the first occurrences of this image in François Villon’s poetry at the end of the Middle Ages, and, two and three centuries later, in Boileau’s Satires and Prevost’s and Diderot’s novels. The literary image of Paris reached its full development in the 19th century in the fiction of Balzac, Hugo, Flaubert and Zola and in Baudelaire’s poems: we will analyze the various moral, aesthetic, political, ideological components which make up the complete image. We will follow its evolution, fifty years later, in early 20th century poetry (Apollinaire, the Surréalistes) and then, before World War II, in Celine’s novels. On the way, we will explore other kinds of arts and artists, painters, singers, photographers, filmmakers, who, like writers, contributed to the development of a collective imaginary picture of the city —the myth of Paris. Literature

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FREN 6626 - Teaching Language & Culture      

In May 2012, the College Board administered new AP World Language and Culture Examinations in French, German and Italian. In 2014, Spanish followed the new examination format. This course will thus explore how best (from the early to the higher levels) to prepare a student of French in the 21st Century in regards to interpretive communication, interpersonal writing, presentational writing, interpersonal speaking, and presentational speaking. In addition, within the context of the interdisciplinary topics of Global Challenges, Science and Technology, Contemporary Life, Personal and Public Identities, Families and Communities, and Beauty and Aesthetics, course participants will use multimedia platforms and technologies to expose students to the multiple aspects of today’s rich and varied Francophone world as well as to motivate and prepare their students for the transition from the high school to the college/university French course.

Required text:
Angelini, O’Neill, Alexandru, Huntington, and Stofanak, AP French Language and Culture: All Access. ISBN-13: 978-0-7386-1060-3. Pedagogy

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FREN 6627 - Evaluation & Testing in FSL      

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and techniques of evaluation in the second language classroom. Emphasis will be placed on both traditional psychometric testing techniques and competency-based assessment methods. The following topics will be covered: a history of evaluation in language teaching, designing formative and summative evaluations, distinguishing between criterion- and norm-referenced evaluation, using criterion and referenced frameworks, evaluation within communicative and task-based learning approaches, maximizing validity, reliability and wash-back in evaluations, and computer-assisted evaluation.

Required Texts
- Veltcheff, C., & Hilton, S. (2003). L’évaluation en FLE. Paris: Hachette. (ISBN-10: 2011552257)
- Chauves, A. (2008). Référentiel de programmes pour l’Alliance Française élaboré à partir du Cadre européen commun. (ISBN : 978-2-09-035279-5) Pedagogy

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FREN 6629 - Teaching Oral Comp in FSL      

Teaching Oral Comprehension and Production in French as a second language

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and techniques of teaching oral comprehension and production in the French second language classroom. Topics to be covered include models and characteristics of oral comprehension and production, methods of teaching oral comprehension and production, text types, preparing texts for use with learners of different ages and abilities, responding to student production, the evaluation of oral comprehension and production, and the use of technological resources.

No textbook required Pedagogy

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FREN 6631 - Intro to Children's Lit      

Children’s literature is more than just a fad; it is a true social phenomenon, involving considerable editorial activity and influencing patterns of cultural consumption. From early childhood through adolescence, young people are raving about these global best-sellers, allowing us to understand a bit of the collective imagination of youth.

This course aims to provide an initiation into this abundant universe, full of aesthetic and thematic richness. We will undertake an historical and analytical overview in a comparative framework in which we emphasize contemporary Francophone works. Literature

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FREN 6639 - World Economy 1945-2014      

The World Economy from 1945 to 2014
(Section A - Methodology ; Section B - Civilization)

The aim of this course is to give the students a broad view of the main economical events since the post war reconstruction to the world crisis.
We will first study the rebuilding of the world economy after the WWII, the beginning of the common market, the thirties golden years as well as the american leadership. Then, we will focus on the oil crisis and of the new economical order that came after the seventies. In this period, we will study the windening of Europe, the collapse of communist world and the victory of liberalism. Finally, we will explain the outcome of the globalisation and the rise the emmerging economies like China, India and Brazil as well as the growth of the African countries. Of course, we will spend some time to explain the world crisis and its consequences on the economical structures. We will give an interdisciplinary view of those topics. Our analysis will be mainly economical but we will also give a sociological, cultural and historical point of view. The students do not need to have an economical background to follow this course.

Required Text:
Daniel Cohen; La Prospérité du vice; ISBN est : 978-2-253-15965-0; édition le livre de poche

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FREN 6640 - Hist France:Metropol to Global      

History of France—From the Metropolitan to the Global Level
(Section A - Methodology ; Section B - Civilization)

This course offers students a condensed panorama of the principal changes marking the history of France since the Age of Enlightenment. France will be studied from the perspectives of the metropolis and its external relationships and actions (colonies, migrations, exiles, etc.). Two topics receiving particular attention will be the creation of the nation-state confronted with the instability of political regimes, and social, religious, and cultural identities, from the search for unity to recognition of minorities.

N.B. Students who choose section A can validate their credits in methodology (equivalent to 6525) or they can choose standard evaluation without validating the methodology unit.

Required Text:
1) Berstein, Winock; Histoire de la France politique, tome 3, L’invention de la démocratie: 1789-1914; ISBN-13: 978-2757802267; Seuil
2) Berstein, Winock; Histoire de la France politique, tome 4, La République recommencée: 1914 à nos jours;
ISBN-13: 978-2757831656 or 9782757802274; Seuil Civ Cul & Soc Pedagogy

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FREN 6644 - The History of Québec      

Quebec is a unique society which was born and has evolved at the crossroads of two Occidental empires, France and Great-Britain. This course will cover the major periods in Quebec’s history from its origins as New France (1680-1760), to British North America (1763-1867), the Dominion of Canada (1867-1959), and modern Québec (1960-present). Since the French settlements along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, Canadians of French origin had to defend their heritage in skirmishes and wars against various First Nation Peoples, British and English-Canadians. Because of this situation, they developed a unique culture, historically founded on the Catholic religion, the French language, and family values. It is interesting to note that Québec presently has health and educational systems unlike any other in North America as well as an unparalleled legal system for the protection of the French language. This course will also cover the critical moments in Québec’s quest for political independence which occurred during the past few decades (in the form of referendums). After nearly 400 years of existence in North America, Québec has become a modern society facing contemporary issues such as the environment, globalization, and a the transformation of social identity.

Required Text:
John A. Dickinson et Brian Young; Brève histoire socio-économique du Québec (4e édition) ISBN : 978-2-89448-602-3; Septentrion Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6645 - Quebec's Cinema & Culture      

Le Québec en images: cinéma québécois / Cinéma québécois

Quebec films offer a rich and diverse repertoire of works which delve primarily into the social identity of the largest French speaking culture in North America. Other predominate themes to be discussed focus more on the social and historical particularities of Quebec. These include: British colonization, Catholicism, winter, large families, the north, etc. This course will follow the evolution of film making in Quebec since its conception in the beginning of the 20th century and focus primarily on two defining decades. The first, known as the Quiet Revolution (1960-1980), is considered as the starting point of contemporary Quebecois cinema. From this period emerged the National Film Board of Canada, several of the Quebec’s most influential film producers: Jutra, Brault, Perreault, Carle, Arcand, etc., as well as various styles of cinematography, most notably, “cinema direct” or candid eye.

The second part, the New Generation (1990-2000) will show how a group of young filmmakers provided a second wind to an ailing industry. Through the use of more modern filming techniques, and a post-modern approach to script writing which focused less on social and political themes, they were instrumental in gaining international recognition for Quebecois cinema. For each period, we will discuss and analyze several film makers and their selected works.

Required Text:
Marcel Jean; Le cinéma québécois (nouvelle édition) ISBN 2-7646-0415-7; Éditions du Boréal Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6648 - French Quebecois      

French of Quebec

The goal of this course is to demonstrate how the French of Quebec constitutes not only the language of art and literature but an integral part of Quebecers’ identity. By reading and discussing critical essays and diverse forms of literature such as folktales and legends, songs and novels, students will be exposed to the linguistic particularities of Quebec French, known as québécismes. They will also understand how the language evolved throughout its history in a North America environment. In the 1960’s, literature proved to be the perfect setting for this creative and original form of French language in both the cultural and political arenas of Quebec. Since this decade, several of these significant Quebecois texts, which will be discussed in this course, have transcended the borders of Quebec where they have enriched francophone literature globally.

Required text: Michel PLOURDE (dir.) Le français au Québec. 400 ans d’histoire et de vie. ISBN : 9782762128130 Civ Cul & Soc Linguistics

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FREN 6650 - Mediterranean:Religion & Peace      

Religions, Peace and Security in the Mediterranean Region

The longest non-resolved armed conflict of the XXth century, and probably of the XXIth century, is in the Mediterranean Region. It is not about a tension or about a dispute between two countries, but rather about a conflict among many countries of the region. The advent of the Arab Spring permits a new glance at the democratization of the Arab societies and their commitment (or not) to an inter-religious and inter-state long-term peace. In this context, we will first examine the various stages of the diverse conflicts and their evolution in the Middle East region. Secondly, by studying resolutions of the UN concerning these issues, we will analyze the experiences, the challenges and their implications for international relations, including the U.S. Finally, we shall observe the complexities of connections between the religious and cultural minorities within these Mediterranean countries.

No textbook required Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6651 - French Political Issues      

Political Issues in French Political Life : Preparing for the 2017 Presidential Election

In 2017, the next French Presidential Election will be held. This election of the President of the French Republic remains the great moment of French political life. French voters make an assessment of the outgoing President and project themselves in the future. The parties act as political machines and all their strategies are oriented by this important political deadline. Finally, the institutions show their capacity to handle new problems and cleavages.
The course will be dedicated to all these questions and will revisit all the previous presidential elections under the Fifth Republic, the evolutions of French voters, the changes in the parties and the adaptation of the political institutions. The course will also compare the American presidential election and the French one.

Required texts:
- Pascal PERRINEAU, Le choix de Marianne. Pourquoi et pour qui votons-nous?/, *ISBN*: 9782213654195
- Pascal PERRINEAU, /La France au Front. Essai sur l’avenir du Front national
, ISBN: 9782213681030
- Julie BENETTI, Jean-Jacques CHEVALLIER, Guy CARCASSONNE, Olivier DUHAMEL, Histoire de la Vème République, 1958-1962, ISBN: 9782247120420 Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6654 - French Culture & Civilization      

The aim of the course is to present French civilization through its culture, from a cultural history perspective which will put in relation artistic production and social mutations. The objective will therefore be to show how art productions (literature, painting, architecture, music etc.) are closely linked to the political, economic or scientific elements which characterize given time periods.

After showing how French society built itself around some fundamental myths, we shall try to demonstrate what constitutes the main world visions which characterized the evolution of France through the centuries. This will be based on a thorough analysis of examples taken from the realm of art and culture. Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6655 - Teaching FSL Grammar      

Evaluation and Testing in French as a Second Language

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the principles and techniques of evaluation in the second language classroom. Emphasis will be placed on both traditional psychometric testing techniques and competency-based assessment methods. The following topics will be covered: a history of evaluation in language teaching, designing formative and summative evaluations, distinguishing between criterion- and norm-referenced evaluation, using criterion and referenced frameworks, evaluation within communicative and task-based learning approaches, maximizing validity, reliability and wash-back in evaluations, and computer-assisted evaluation. Pedagogy

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FREN 6656 - 17-19C Theater & Politics      

Theater and Politics (17-19th Century)

The link between theater and politics is ontological, the theater constituting a space where the playwright proposes a debate on ideas, intended to have an effect on the public. More than just an observer, the spectator takes a position : the dialogue or the semantic duels of the characters are arguments that can be simultaneously judiciary, political, or philosophical. They offer an experience of liberty, an encounter with the other and with oneself, at the same time being a reflection on society or the civic domain. We will examine these aspects in three authors : Corneille and his dialectic on heroism, honor and glory, Beaumarchais’ problematic and seminal trilogy of the French revolution (Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro, and La Mère coupable), and Victor Hugo, through his romantic dramas using battles on and off stage (Hernani and Ruy Blas). This literature course is based on textual analysis, and the texts’ modern theatrical adaptations, with examples on video.

Required texts :
Pierre CORNEILLE, Le Cid, ISBN-10: 207040918X
Pierre CORNEILLE, Cinna, ISBN-10: 207031863X
BEAUMARCHAIS, Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro et La Mère coupable, ISBN-10: 2080700766
Victor HUGO, Hernani, ISBN-10: 2081269406
Victor HUGO, Ruy Blas, ISBN-10: 207040157X Literature

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FREN 6663 - Colonial Africa & Lit      

Colonial Africa and Literature between the Wars

Four important men of letters – André Gide, Albert Londres and Michel Leiris – spend their days in French Africa from 1925 to 1934 and, upon their return, publish the impressions of their travels. Their works change the way the French see the colonial empire in Africa.
Reading the excerpts of those works in addition to two fictional narratives: the African part of Céline’s novel Le voyage au bout de la nuit and the complete novel of the Martinican author René Maran, Batouala, will show us how French literature tackles the question of African colonialism during that period, struck by WWI and the financial crisis. We shall also see how Africa contributed, through “l’art nègre”, to the literary and artistic renewal of the surrealists’ imagination.

Required texts:
- André GIDE, Voyage au Congo, ISBN: 978-2-07-039310-7
- Albert LONDRES, Terre d’ébène. ISBN: 978-2-86959-812-6
- Louis-Ferdinand CÉLINE, Voyage au bout de la nuit. ISBN: 978-2-07-036028-4
- René MARAN, Batouala, ISBN: 978-2-210-75450-8 Literature

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FREN 6664 - Europe: Past, Present & Future      

In 2015 many events have threatened the unity of Europe. For some analysts, the unity of Europe won’t last very long. For some others, this crisis could be a new start to strengthen the links between the members of the EU. This is why it is now necessary to study the state of Europe today in order to answer those questions.
The idea of this course is very simple. To understand the present state of Europe, we must know what happened in the past and this will also allow us to consider some possible evolutions for the EU.
The course will be divided in three parts. First, the past: what were the main evolutions of Europe from Antiquity to World War Two. This broad historical perspective will explain how the unity of Europe made its way through history. Second, the history of European unity from the treaty of Rome to the present. Third, we will focus on the economic, geopolitical and political problems of Europe (Ukraine, Greece, the refugee crisis, globalization). This point will help us to give some hints of its future.
The students do not need to have previous knowledge of the subject. They will be evaluated on oral presentation and on two exams in class as well as on a research paper.

Required texts :
- François de TEISSIER, Gilles BAUDIER, La construction de l’Europe, ISBN : 978-2-13-063269-6
- Jean-Paul BETBEZE, Jean-Dominique GIULIANANI, Les 100 mots de l’Europe, ISBN : 978-2-13-058143-7 Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6665 - The Extreme Right:France & Eur      

The Extreme Right in France and Europe: Definition and Analysis

N.B. This course meets from July 24 to August 13, 2 hours per day.

After the local elections of March 2014 and the European elections of May 2014, the time has come for a balance sheet of the nationalist and populist forces in France and Europe. The course will tackle with the questions of terminology (extreme-right, radical right, nationalism, populism…), history of the nationalist political culture, ideological content of the programs, political organization of the parties, sociology of its supports and factors of the dynamics of this political family in a lot of European countries.

Required Text:
1) Pascal Perrineau, La France au Front. Essai sur l’avenir du Front national, Paris, Fayard, 2014 (ISBN 978-2-213-68103-0)
2) Hans Georg Betz, La droite populiste en Europe, Extrême et démocrate ?, Paris, Autrement, 2004 (ISBN 2-7467-0451-X) Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6666 - Fiction, Media & Democ: Africa      

Fiction, Media and Democracy in Africa

This course aims to identify what is at stake when writing in the advent of democracy in Africa. Starting from an exploration of historical and political factors, we will examine to what extent fictional or journalistic writing allows us to problematize issues surrounding freedom of expression and other liberties. In addition to literary and cinematic works, in which the main protagonists are journalists conducting investigations that put their lives at risk, this course will also use newspaper articles, legal texts and various other publications to examine the narrative on human rights and governance in the postcolonial context.

Required texts:
- Mongo BETI, Trop de soleil tue l’amour, ISBN-13: 2266101919
- Janis OTSIEMI, African Tabloid, ISBN-13: 979-10-92016-39-0 Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6667 - Image of Machine in 19-20C Lit      

The Image of the Machine in Literature (19th-20th Century)

The purpose of this course is to study the various aspects of the image of machines and mechanical devices as developed in French fiction from the mid-19th century. First we will place this image in its contemporary scientific, social and historical contexts, and look for its early appearance both in poetry and novels around 1850.

We will then consider three instances of the literary representation of machines in the late 19th century French novel : 1/ the realist representation in Zola’s La Bête humaine (1890). We will study the various meanings of the image of trains and locomotives : technical (engines and railways), philosophical (the machine as a progress and history maker), and phantasmatic meanings (erotic and killing impulses). 2/ literary fantasy in Jules Verne’s Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (1870). We will look at the Nautilus, captain Nemo’s submarine, successively as a machine, a luxurious and marvelous masterpiece, a powerful adventure and drama booster, an instrument of knowledge, but also as a dangerous incitement to pride and violation of the natural and divine interdicts. 3/ the fantastic vision of science and technique in Villiers de l’Isle-Adam’s L’Ève future (1886), a strange narrative about an artificial creature and a search for ideal love. We will examine the various technical, moral and metaphysical aspects of this rich and unappreciated novel.

Finally we will study the further developments of the literary image of the machine, picking different examples from 20th century French literature : adventure and science fiction, futurist poetry glorifying energy and modern beauty provided by machines, surrealist and structuralist attempts to control the mechanism of language.

Required texts :
Emile ZOLA, La Bête Humaine, ISBN 978-2-0812-0291-7
Jules VERNE, Vingt mille lieues sous les mers, ISBN 2-07-042483-9
Auguste VILLIERS DE L’ISLE-ADAM, L’Ève future. ISBN 2-07-038739-9 Literature

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FREN 6668 - History of Europe:16-21C      

A History of Europe, from the 16th to the 21st Century: Convergence and Divergence

In the late Middle Ages, the so-called "Christian West" knew a considerable change. Europe built itself by starting to conquer the world. Technical, artistic and religious revolutions participated in this extraordinary movement of expansion. Over four centuries, a European model of “civilization” established its preeminence. But this creative power does not exist without tensions, without mutilation. The purpose of this seminar is to bring out the highlights of this adventure in order to understand the main mechanisms at play.
The course is divided into four parts: 1.The Renaissance: between civilization and violence, 2.The invention of Europe (seventeenth and eighteenth century), 3. Europe, a universal power (eighteenth and early twentieth century), 4.Europe between destruction and reinvention. Each session will be devoted to a thematic study. Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6670 - Writing & Painting: 20 & 21C      

Francophone Painting and Writing in the 20th and 21st Century

African and Caribbean history of painting in the 20th and 21st centuries could be subdivided into two periods. This course examines both of them.
The first one is that of illustration. Novels of Francophone poets like Cesaire, Senghor and Damas were illustrated by Picasso, Lam, Chagall or Masereel.
The second period is that of local creation. Since the well-known First World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966 where Senghor and Cesaire advocated the relationship between identity and art, we have known the birth of the « School of Dakar » (with Pape Ibra Tall), or « School of Poto-Poto Brazzaville » (with Guy Léon Fylla). They developed along paintings from Haiti (with Wilson Bigaud or Préfète Duffaut) or from Martinique and Guadeloupe.
The approach will be geographic, diachronic and synchronic. As we follow the development of Arts during the two centuries, we will focus on some great figures of painters and their role in the evolution of this art in African and Caribbean areas.
Texts and paintings will be shown in class. The main centerpieces will be Picasso & Cesaire, Corps perdu, Lam & Césaire, « Annonciation » ; Chagall & Senghor, Lettres d’hivernage and the Masters paintings of Haiti, Africa and Caribbean. Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6674 - Journalism, Media & French Soc      

French Journalism, Media and French Society

This course aims to identify the characteristics and evolutions of French Journalism and how it covers the issues of the French society. Our goal will be to try to answer the following questions: in what ways is French Journalism different from Anglo-American Journalism? What does it mean to be a Journalist in France today? To be powerful? To be liberal? Is the French Journalism affected by the so-called “End” or “Decline” of Journalism?
To make the subject more connected to the French social reality, this course will be based on newspaper articles, websites, books, and what we could call New Journalism, among other materials.

Required Texts:
- Florence AUBENAS, Le quai de Ouistreham, ISBN : 978.27578.2444.3 Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6675 - Literary Theory and Criticism      

In order to understand the various methodologies that make literary analysis possible (French literary criticism, the history of literary criticism and of comparative literary criticism) this course examines the history of criticism understood here as a “science of texts” with a focus on genre, form and discourse.
The approach will be both diachronic and synchronic. As we follow the development of literary criticism over the centuries, we will focus on such critical notions as text, author, reader, style, etc. to determine their scope, interest, and relevance.

Required texts:
- Antoine COMPAGNON, Le démon de la théorie, ISBN-13: 978-27578420
- Jérôme ROGER, La critique littéraire, ISBN-13: 978-2200352042 Literature

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FREN 6676 - Scientific Ant Novel 1860-1940      

Scientific Anticipation Novels from 1860 to 1940

Parallel to Jules Verne’s novels, in the second half of the nineteenth century, a series of fictions explored a new field. They display a scientific and technological imagery, meditating about scientific discoveries. These anticipation novels and dystopias appear as laboratories in which society assimilates scientific changes and the effects they have on cultural productions and social interactions. How do these works reflect about positivism and progress? What image of scientists and engineers do they convey? Through which editorial circuits was this new genre spread, in the media culture of the end of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century? How does this genre articulate itself to science-fiction which developed after WWII in France? Why does the contemporary genre of steampunk revive the fascination and fears about techno-science that these early anticipation novels expressed? Through reading Jules Verne and other authors, we shall analyze how these anticipation novels still question our modernity.
Objectives: Reinforcing competences in literary history, introduction to theories of literary genres, studying a large corpus of novels (« legitimate » literature, popular novels and children’s literature), introduction to epistemocritics, literature/science interactions.

Required text:
- Maurice RENARD, Le Docteur Lerne, ISBN: 978-2-7143-1026-2 Literature

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FREN 6677 - Lit Represntatns:Mediterranean      

Literary representation of the Mediterranean in French and Francophone Literatures

Both a real and imaginary location where History is deeply intertwined with Mythology, the Mediterranean has been a major source of inspiration for French and Francophone writers since the 19th century. The main objective of this course will be to explore the major trends in the literary representations of this cultural location connecting Europe, Asia and Africa. We will first pay attention to the earliest orientalist and romantic depiction of the Mediterranean (Staël, Chateaubriand, Nerval, Gautier…). The second part of the course will be devoted to the study of the “Mediterranean Humanism” promoted in the 20th century by writers such as Valéry, Camus, Audisio and Grenier. Finally, we will show how Francophone North African writers such as M. Dib, M. Mokeddem, Ben Jelloun or Maissa Bey have recently explored the Mediterranean imaginary in their attempt to move beyond the postcolonial pitfalls of Nationalism and religious fundamentalism.

Required texts:
- FREN 6677 Course pack Literature

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FREN 6678 - Individual & Collective Memory      

Remembering the Past, Coloring a Life-Time

Everybody has to face the past, their own personal past, and the collective and historical past. In this course we will explore the different ways all of us deal with the past and the memories it evokes. Bringing together individual and historical approaches, and drawing on the narratives and reflections of course participants, we will look at literature, cinema, and a variety of researches from the field of anthropology and the social sciences. We will try to understand how family memory and memories of romantic love work. Both of these types of memories inspire a great deal of literature, TV, and film. Together we will look at the rituals and symbolic values of these memories in individual’s private life. We will also work on the uses of collective memory and commemoration in contemporary societies, and particularly in France today. Prior to the course I invite you to reflect on this statement: Memory is the present of the past. Do you agree?

Required text:
- Anne MUXEL, Individu et mémoire familiale : ISBN : 978-2-01-279318-7 Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6679 - Contemporary France      

France has gone through many changes: European integration, globalization, euro zone crisis. Despite all these changes, France still aspires to play a major role in the world. This role is based on its « soft power », that is to say its cultural and social model. The aim of this course is to give a general outlook of French culture and society in an era of globalization and crisis. We will focus mainly on demography, immigration, social stratification, educational system, religious beliefs, work and leisure, art trends, etc. These topics will always be studied in their economic and historical context.

Required text:
L’état de la France 2014-2015 Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6682 - Representations:17C Versailles      

Representations of 17th Century Versailles

On the occasion of the tercentenary of Louis XIV’s death, at a time when Versailles is the focus of a successful fictionalized series in France, Belgium and Quebec, this classical literature course aims at thinking on the representations that various 17th century works project (poetic fables, novel in prosimetrum, comedy in prose, moralistic and satiric essays), of the image of the palace and the King’s and courtesans’ figures. Aesthetic, political, theoretical, philosophical and sociological points of view will be drawn, through the close reading of texts and though videos that show some of their modern staging and adaptations.

Required texts:
- Jean de La Fontaine, Fables (1er recueil, 1668), ISBN: 978-2253010043
- Jean de La Fontaine, Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon (1669), ISBN: 978-2081274167
- Molière, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, ISBN: 978-2070450008 Literature

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FREN 6684 - French Cultural Identities      

History of France through the prism of cultural identities
From the Renaissance onward, specific cultural and language politics has been imposed on the French territory at the expense of regional dialects. This politics was reinforced throughout the entire Ancien Régime and aggravated in the colonial empire era until the 20th century, when it eventually began to crumble due to the decolonization and uprising national and regional demands. Today, France finds itself in an era of strong individuality and communitarianism, responsible for a profusion of cultural identities at the heart of the European community, whose boundaries keep getting blurred.
By looking into relevant texts that will explain what being French has meant for five centuries, we will be able to understand better the multiple references made to the cultural and national identity in publications in the fields of history and political science. With those works, which have nourished the intellectual views on the social and identity fracture, we will complete our course.

Required Coursepack
A Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College bookstore
. Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6687 - Women in Mediterranean World      

Woman’s Condition in the Mediterranean World: Modernity. Emancipations. Fundamentalism

The woman’s condition, in particular in the Middle East and in North Africa, is the object of numerous international reports and local and regional actions. If often in the West we assimilate the deterioration of the woman’s condition with regard to a civilization or to a religion, the reality is more complex. In this course we will examine the conditions of women in an evolutionary perspective through diverse civilizations and religions. In addition to a sociocultural perspective, we will study the public policies that have been organized in the Mediterranean Sea, both at the state level and at the regional level. Which are the key measures adopted by the Mediterranean States to favor the equality between men and women and the challenges that they face in the process of application of these actions? Finally the third part of this course will be dedicated to woman’s condition after the phenomenon of the Arab Spring and its impact on public liberties and women’s rights.

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FREN 6691 - 21C Fantasy Literature      

Introduction to Fantasy Literature of the 21st century

While the literature of the XIXth and XXth centuries emphasized an aesthetic dedicated to real world representations, the XXst century begins with a preference for fantasy fiction, manifested in many forms: literature, video games or the on-line world. This course will present contemporary productions of the past 15 years, while trying to understand what these works tell us of modern societies and the collective imagination of the contemporary world.

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FREN 6694 - Second Language Acquisition      

Second language (L2) use and acquisition are among the most complex activities in which humans engage, involving interaction between cognitive, emotional and environmental factors. The aim of this course is to introduce students to these processes, particularly as they occur in the classroom. Topics covered include theories and models of L2 acquisition (behaviorism, universal grammar, interactionism, connectionism and other cognitive models), bilingualism and its effects on cognitive development, L2 developmental stages and the characteristics of learner interlanguage, native-language influence, social, psychological and affective factors influencing L2 acquisition and language learning strategies. Particular emphasis will be placed on highlighting the implications of current research on French L2 teaching practices. Pedagogy

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FREN 6698 - Task-Based Teaching in FSL      

Task-Based Teaching in the French Second Language Classroom

This course aims to introduce students to the principles and techniques of task-based teaching in the French second language classroom. In this course, students will engage with theories and practices involved in constructing coherent, level-appropriate learning and evaluation situations. Topics to be covered include models and characteristics of oral and written comprehension and production; developing and sequencing tasks for reading, writing, listening and interacting; evaluating student performance and providing feedback; integrating task-based teaching into existing curricula. Pedagogy

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FREN 6706 - France & Europe: A Long Story      

France and Europe: A Long Story

March the 25th, 2017 will see the 60th birthday of the Rome treaty which started the common market, the basis of what the EU is today. After 60 years, we can see that this organization has brought one of the longest periods of peace on the continent. It has also brought a long period of growth, as it has made Europe the wealthiest part of the world.
But today, Europe is going through a lot of troubles (the rise of populist parties, Brexit, a lagging growth) and this has put Europe on the brink of collapse. Europe is at a turning point. Either it goes through constitutional reforms that will reinforce the links between European countries or it is the end of the idea of European unification. France has been a leading nation in the past but after two world wars, the European project was the last chance to remain a leading nation and keep its international status.
The course will focus on the role France played in the European construction. We will also give a large historical view to understand why France has accepted to give away a large part of its sovereignty and why there is a rise of a strong anti-European feeling in France at the moment. We will give a historical, cultural and political view of the current situation.

Required text:
Serge BERNSTEIN et Pierre MILZA Histoire de l'Europe du XIX au début du XXI siècle Hatier 2014 ISBN 978-2-218-97904-0 Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6707 - Black Populations in France      

A History and Sociology of Black Populations in France

For a few years, Black populations in France have been the subject of much interest and debate among social scientists, historians, public intellectuals, politicians, etc. This class will delve into the history and the sociology of people from Caribbean and African descent in metropolitan France, from the 18th century up to nowadays.
Discussions will take shape around the following themes: race and republicanism; cultural representations of the "Other"; experiences of World wars; anticolonialism; the historical conditions of racial marginalization in metropolitan societies; identity, diaspora and the role of global culture flows; immigration and transnational ties since the 1960s, the contemporary debates around racism and antiracism in the French society.
In addition to providing students with the basic historical framework and theoretical tools to understand these aspects of French history and society, the comparative aspect of this class will encourage students to think outside of national and “exceptionalist” categories. Comparative perspectives with Great Britain and the United States will be explored.

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FREN 6722 - Liberty and Libertines      

The goal of this literature course is to examine the problematics of liberty and licentiousness through the study of the specific role of the subversif author. In the classical period, the word « libertine » is an insult, designating those who are reproached with an extreme liberty of conduct as well as thought. The work of « libertines » is thus always controversial: it must sidestep the different forms that repression or censureship might take, using forms of publication that avoid the mainstream and using irony to disguise intent. A variety of intellectual and philosophical references, styles and literary genres serve the “libertines”: lyrical works, novels, comedies, tragedies, travel narratives, pamphlets, philosophical essays or treatise. The study of the « libertine » allows for a singular point of view on a certain number of central notions: pleasure vs. moral code, order and disorder, rules and liberty, truth, plausibility and fiction, sensualism and eroticism, skepticism, etc.

In the light of these literary forms adopted by the “libertines”, our reflection will be organised chronologically and according to the literary genre rather than by theme, making it obvious that it is the writing that reveals the subversive message, while proposing a cultural and ironic complicity capable of concealing the great libertine themes.
We will base our study on
– a tragedy in verse: Les Amours tragiques de Pyrame et Thisbé de Théophile de Viau (photocopies)
– an imaginary travel in prose : Les Etats et Empires de la Lune de Cyrano de Bergerac (GF),
– a comedy in prose : Dom Juan de Molière (GF),
– libertine tales in verse : Jean de La Fontaine, Contes libertins (Librio)
– and one novel : Les Liaisons dangereuses de Laclos (Poche).
Excerpts from texts by Rabelais, Casanova, and Sade will complete our overview.
The goal of this literature course is to examine the problematics of liberty and licentiousness through the study of the specific role of the subversif author. In the classical period, the word « libertine » is an insult, designating those who are reproached with an extreme liberty of conduct as well as thought. The work of « libertines » is thus always controversial: it must sidestep the different forms that repression or censureship might take, using forms of publication that avoid the mainstream and using irony to disguise intent. A variety of intellectual and philosophical references, styles and literary genres serve the “libertines”: lyrical works, novels, comedies, tragedies, travel narratives, pamphlets, philosophical essays or treatise. The study of the « libertine » allows for a singular point of view on a certain number of central notions: pleasure vs. moral code, order and disorder, rules and liberty, truth, plausibility and fiction, sensualism and eroticism, skepticism, etc.
In the light of these literary forms adopted by the “libertines”, our reflection will be organised chronologically and according to the literary genre rather than by theme, making it obvious that it is the writing that reveals the subversive message, while proposing a cultural and ironic complicity capable of concealing the great libertine themes.
We will base our study on
– a tragedy in verse: Les Amours tragiques de Pyrame et Thisbé de Théophile de Viau (photocopies)
– an imaginary travel in prose : Les Etats et Empires de la Lune de Cyrano de Bergerac (GF),
– a comedy in prose : Dom Juan de Molière (GF),
– libertine tales in verse : Jean de La Fontaine, Contes libertins (Librio)
– and one novel : Les Liaisons dangereuses de Laclos (Poche).

Excerpts from texts by Rabelais, Casanova, and Sade will complete our overview.

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FREN 6723 - Writing Postcolonial Childhood      

Writing Postcolonial Childhood

This course examines the genre of autobiography based on the classical works of Patrick Chamoiseau (Antan d’enfance), Dany Laferrière (L’odeur du café) and Camara Laye (L’enfant noir). The special forms of autobiography in twentieth century francophone literature of Africa and West Indies will be analyzed including identity questions, narrative forms and authors’ ideologies.
Required texts: Patrick CHAMOISEAU, Une enfance créole I. Antan d’enfance, ISBN-13 : 978-2070733392
Dany LAFERRIERE, L’odeur du café/, ISBN-13: 978-2843047756
Camara LAYE, /L’enfant noir
, ISBN-13 : 978-2266023122
Required reading :
Philippe LEJEUNE, Le pacte autobiographique, ISBN-13: 978-2020296960 Literature

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FREN 6724 - Life & Work Amadou Hampate Ba      

Literature

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FREN 6726 - Quebec Identities      

Québec Identities

Although deeply rooted into French heritage from the 17th century colonization, Québec has since developed its own identity influenced by cohabitation with First Nations People followed by many decades under the English crown. After a period of strong cultural affirmation, globalization has begun to add to and impact the multiple identities of Québécois society. Within this new era, Québec has succeeded in maintaining its social structure and a set of values unique to this northeast American francophone society. Through classroom lectures, various reading assignments, and research projects, students will discover the many facets of Québec social life and culture, including the French language, the educational and judicial systems, the economy, politics, as well as the arts.

Required texts:
Jean-Marc LÉGER, Jacques NANTEL et Pierre DUHAMEL, Code Québec, ISBN : 978-2-7619-4641-4
? Jean-Martin AUSSSANT, Claire BOLDUC, Véronique CÔTÉ, Maïtée LABBRECQUE-SAGANASH, Aurélie LANCTOT, Karel MAYRAND, Gabriel NADEAU-DUBOIS, Will PROSPER et Alain VADEBONCAEUR, Ne renonçons à rien. ISBN : 9782895962366 Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6727 - Contemporary Quebec Literature      

Contemporary Québec Literature

After many decades of subjection to a conservative ideology and to a powerful Catholic mindset, Québec’s literature began to define itself in the 1950’s with a shy and symbolic voice, before affirming its autonomy worldwide in the 1960’s. Since then, Québec literature has been thriving, driven by a surprisingly creative force.
This course proposes to study the writings of four prominent authors from the contemporary period (of the five suggested below) in order to understand in what way they have contributed to the knowledge and the consciousness of our modern times. Much of the class time will be devoted to discussion and intellectual exchange based on a clear set of guidelines provided by the professor. Students will draw from these guidelines to read and question the texts from within a variety of literary genres (poetry, drama, essays, novels) and to present their analysis of a specific and pertinent aspect to the class.
Required texts:
Anne HÉBERT, Oeuvre poétique (1950-1990), ISBN-13: 9782890525207
Michel TREMBLAY, Les belles-soeurs ISBN: 9782742770991 (2742770992)
COLLECTIF, La nef des sorcières, ISBN: 978-2-89295-386-2
Nelly ARCAN, Putain, ISBN: 2020557177 Marc SÉGUIN, Nord Alice, ISBN: 9782760947177 Literature

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FREN 6735 - Postcolonial Theory      

Postcolonial Theory and Cultural Productions

This course will use the fundamentals of postcolonial theory to examine contemporary cultural productions in Africa as a social and ideological practice. We will use literature, film and music to determine the ways in which cultures have developed from the upheavals of late colonialism to recent sociopolitical crises. The first section of the course will use two novels to explore key issues relating to otherness and the colonial encounter that, after independence, has been replaced by different types of violence. The second section will provide an overview of key cinematographic productions and examine the ways in which they translate various cultural and political experiences. The last section will focus on a selection of musicians in order to analyze the sociopolitical discourse at play in their songs. At the end of this course, students should be able to determine how cultural and political identities are constructed through issues such as (post)colonialism, orality, gender, sexuality, “tradition” and “modernity”.

Required texts:
Cheikh Hamidou KANE, L’Aventure ambiguë/, ISBN 2264036931
Ahmadou KOUROUMA, /Allah n’est pas obligé/, ISBN 2020525712
Aimé CÉSAIRE , /Discours sur le colonialisme
, ISBN 2708705318 Civ Cul & Soc

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FREN 6755 - Baudelaire      

Baudelaire's Works and Influences

In this course we will study the works of Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), one of the greatest writers in French literature, and maybe 19th century's newest, richest and deepest poet. First we will place his works in the context of contemporary literary creation, with a brief survey of French poetry at the end of the romantic era, showing how Baudelaire differs from his great predecessors, such as Victor Hugo or Théophile Gautier.

We will then examine the various aspects of Baudelaire's works, looking at themes, forms and ideas —versified poems in Les Fleurs du Mal and prose texts in Le Spleen de Paris. We will also study Baudelaire's rich critical essays, a most important and original part of his creation (if less well-known) and go into some extracts from Fusées and Mon cœur mis à nu, his intimate and unfinished diary.
Finally, we will see how Baudelaire’s influence spread over French poetry long after his death, by going through some texts by Verlaine, Rimbaud, Apollinaire and the Surrealists Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools

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FREN 6756 - Neo-classical French Drama      

Neo-classical French Drama

Faced with the world's misery, Heraclitus wept, and Democritus laughed: two facets, two masks, tragical and comical. Nowadays, the notion of "the tragic" often refers to a philosophical category involving issues of destiny and liberty; in the 17th century, its main function was to express a representation of humankind as a "theatre" of bloody horrors, whose display was meant to "purify" spectators by instilling in them a sense of terror and pity. This course aims to study formal characteristics of Early Modern French tragedy as a genre, including both the spectacle of impossible dilemmas in the manner of Corneille, and the poetical ceremony of fatal disasters induced by human passions as represented in the plays of Racine.
Whereas, in the 17th century, tragedy appeared as the undeniably dominant "grand genre," comedy, traditionally held as a lower form, underwent a crucial transformation through the contributions of Molière, who managed to elevate the genre from the farcical to the high comedic social satire. This comedy of manners bridged the gaps between old-fashioned farce, conventional satire, and a new formula of theatrical invention in which comedic form and tragic content could be reconciled. Our approach will combine generic, historical, literary and ideological perspectives, with an analysis of filmed productions of neo-classical plays.
Required texts:
Corneille, Le Cid, ISBN : 2290099066,
Corneille et Racine, Tite et Bérénice et Bérénice, ISBN : 2710382776
Racine, Phèdre, ISBN : 2290121495
Molière, Tartuffe, ISBN : 2290110361, Dom Juan, ISBN : 2081309378 Literature

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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FREN 6758 - Family: Recent Evolution      

What is a Family? Recent Evolutions in France and Beyond

What is a family? At first glance, this question might appear simple and the answers may equally appear evident. But if we go further it becomes obvious that defining what a family is in contemporary societies is not a simple task. Families have become diversified and relationships within the couple and between parents and children have changed profoundly. The number of marriages is fast declining, divorce has become banal, and increasing numbers of children are born outside of wedlock. These are some of the most obvious signs of how the family as an institution in society has weakened. Nowadays, the family is both more individualized and more frequently based on personal affinities than on legal ties. It is more often considered as an affective group, as a place to share intimacy and mutual recognition together as autonomous individuals. “Free together” is how one well-known French sociologist defined it when summarizing how the family functions and what efforts need to be made in the concrete reality of family life today. What does it mean to be free? What does it mean to be together? The course will begin with a reflection on these two questions and will provide an opportunity to explore all aspects of family life in contemporary French society. Ambivalence, conflict and paradox will also be examined as part of a new framework of familial and conjugal relationships.
This course will explore the various changes within the family over the last few decades in France and beyond. Using a diversity of documents and approaches – social sciences, psychology, literature, movies and documentaries – it will provide an opportunity to students to fine tune their answers to the question, “What is a family?”.

Required Coursepack
A Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College bookstore Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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FREN 6782 - 2017 French Presidential Elect      

The 2017 French presidential election: towards a new political regime?

The presidential election is the most decisive moment in French political life. It provides an occasion for voters to evaluate the previous presidency and imagine what the future will be like under the new five-year presidency. The 2017 election is no exception to this rule. However, given the current political climate in France and the candidates involved, in many respects this will be a profoundly new election that may well overturn the manner in which the Fifth Republic has traditionally functioned. Many believe it will lead to a veritable regime crisis.
The course will focus on these questions and will place the 2017 election in context by revisiting previous Fifth Republic presidential elections. We will see also how the political parties, political actors, political issues, the political culture and the main cleavages in French society have changed from the end of the 1950s to the present day, thus shedding light on the major shifts that have swept through the French political landscape over recent decades. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools

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FREN 6900 - Research Paper      

Summer 2014 Language Schools, Summer 2015 Language Schools, Summer 2016 Language Schools, Summer 2017 Language Schools

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