Course Descriptions

French

FREN 101 - French I

Emphasizing the active use of the language, this course develops the fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It includes an introduction to the cultural background of France and the Francophone world. Class sessions are supplemented by weekly small group meetings with a French graduate assistant. For students with no previous work in French. ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

Frequency: Every fall.

FREN 102 - French II

This course continues the development of the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, with increasing emphasis on the practice of reading and writing. It includes introduction to the cultural background of France and the Francophone world. Class sessions are supplemented by weekly small group meetings with a French graduate assistant. ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

FREN 101 with a grade of C- or better, placement test or permission of instructor.

FREN 111 - Accelerated French I-II

This course develops fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It includes introduction to the cultural background of France and the francophone world. It is designed for students who have had some French prior to enrolling at Macalester or who want to review basic structures. The course prepares students for French III and includes two lab. Sessions. ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

Frequency: Every semester.

FREN 194 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

FREN 203 - French III

The aim of this course is to bring students to a point where they can use French for communication, both oral and written. At the end of this course students should be able to read appropriate authentic materials, write short papers in French and communicate with a native speaker. It consolidates and builds competencies in listening, speaking, reading and writing and includes study of the cultural background of France and the Francophone world. Class sessions are supplemented by weekly small group meetings with a French graduate assistant. ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

FREN 102 or FREN 111 with a grade of C- or better, placement test or permission of instructor.

FREN 204 - Text, Film and Media

This course presents a study of the contemporary language and culture of France and the Francophone world through authentic materials including the French press, the internet, television, literature and film. At the end of this course students should have attained a more sophisticated level of communication in French, the ability to use their skills in French for a variety of purposes including research in other disciplines, and a full appreciation of the intellectual challenge of learning a foreign language and its cultures. ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

FREN 203 with a grade of C- or better, placement test or permission of instructor.

FREN 294 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

FREN 305 - Advanced Expression: Communication Tools

This course is an intensive training in oral expression and corrective phonetics. Materials include news broadcasts from French TV, films and articles from the French and Francophone press. Grammar patterns that enhance communication will be studied. Class sessions are supplemented by small group meetings with French assistants and small conversation groups with Francophone tutors. ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

FREN 204, placement test or permission of instructor.

FREN 306 - Introduction to Literary Analysis

This course is designed to develop the necessary skills for interpreting literature and for writing effectively in French. Students learn to do close reading and analysis of a variety of literary works and to compose critical essays. The course also includes a study of selected grammatical patterns and stylistic techniques. ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

FREN 204 or placement test or permission of instructor.

FREN 320 - Francophone Theater of Exile and Immigration

This course is a survey of francophone theater and film from 1975 to 2014. The plays and films will cover three main topics: the development of colonial and post-colonial subjects, the act of writing and performing while living in exile, and the idea of the Other in francophone film and theater. We will study a variety of plays and films that were written in and take place in all parts of the francophone world, including Quebec, Lebanon, Algeria, Belgium, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Martinique, Romania, and France. The form of each work varies widely, from classical French dramatic techniques to minimalist contemporary staging and characterization. Students will study blocking and staging techniques and explore contemporary performance theory in addition to writing literary and cultural analyses. Authors and filmmakers studied include Abla Farhoud, Wajdi Mouawad, Edouardo Manet, Michel Azama, Michele Cesaire, Anca Visdei, Pierre Gope et Nicolas Kurtovithc, and Moussa Toure. (4 credits)

Frequency: Occasionally.

FREN 332 - Immigration in Europe

(yet to be determined)

Frequency: Occasionally.

FREN 394 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Consult the department or class schedule for current listing.

FREN 409 - Cinema

This category introduces students to French or Francophone cinema, dealing with history, theory, and condition of production of this media. Prerequisite: a 300 level course or permission of instructor. Alternate years.   It includes such courses as: North Africa/France: Representations of Both Sides of the Mediterranean Through Cinema Survey of the historical and soci-economic contexts of North African Cinema (in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia). The course examines representations of the colonial period (with texts, paintings, photographs, and critical material on orientalism and early cinema in the region), the French-Algerian war from various perspectives, and the national/post-colonial film production in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, all the way to the current cinema made after the January 2011 Revolution. The course also includes films by and about North Africans in France. Materials for the course include films as well as theoretical and critical materials about the regional cinema and film directors.

Frequency: Offered alternate years

Prerequisite(s)

One 300-level course or placement test or permission of instructor.

FREN 410 - Art/Ideas in French Culture

The course studies the arts of France (art, architecture, music and literature) in their historical and intellectual settings. Topics and historical periods studied vary by semester. Taught in French unless otherwise noted.   Arts and Ideas in Contemporary France This course will provide a chronological exposure to the prevailing trends and characteristics of the visual arts (paintings, sculptures, installations) in France with a special attention given to the highly politicized 60's and 70's. Through the use of films, slides, French web art sites and critical essays, these works will be studied and problematized from a sociological, political and cultural perspective.   Attention also will be given to the not-so-new notion of "francité" embedded in France's unique "politique nationale culturelle" as well as other contemporary visual art practices which strive to reflect an increasingly pluralistic French society.

Frequency: Alternate years.

Prerequisite(s)

One 300-level course or placement test or permission of instructor.

FREN 412 - Text and Identity

This category of courses introduces students to texts (including films) that engage students to focus on questions of identity(national, sexual, racial, and class identity) through the study of literature and film. ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED. It includes such courses as: Parisiennes: Women of Paris In this course we examine the lives of "Parisiennes" - women who have lived in or come from the city of Paris from 1730 to the present. We begin with the powerful salonnières of the aristocratic 18th century, intersections of sexism, racism, and colonialism, and the peasant women's march on Versailles during the French Revolution of 1789. For the 19th century, we examine women's roles during the industrial revolution and the modernization of Paris, and the activists of the first wave of French feminism. In the first half of the 20th-century, we study women artists and writers in Paris, including some Americans who lived in Paris during that time. For the second half of the 20th century, we look at changing roles for Parisian women, including the second wave of French feminism, women in politics, and the changing attitudes toward women in French law and society during the 1970s and later. Readings include Claire de Duras' Ourika (1823), Colette's La Vagabonde (1910), excerpts of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex (1949), and Christiane Rochefort's Children of Heaven (1962). We also study recent works by francophone women writers living in Paris today, and view several recent films that focus on the lives of Parisian women.    

Frequency: Offered occasionally

Prerequisite(s)

FREN 306 or permission of instructor.

FREN 445 - How to Start a Revolution

Eighteenth-century France is a period characterized by vigorous literary and philosophical challenges to traditional authority and its institutions, although the events of 1789 were not anticipated by most of the leading thinkers of the period, and the notion that the Revolution was the necessary outcome of their challenges has often been viewed as a retrospective historical illusion. In this course we examine intellectual challenges to traditional authority during the final decades of the ancien regime in three primary areas: the domaine of politics and the state; the domain of religion and the church; and the domain of gender, sexuality and the family. The course culminates with a discussion of some key revolutionary ides and manifestos, and a review of th elegacy of French Enlightenment thought and its advances and limits, in dialogue with contemporary critical and theoretical perspectives. Themes to be discussed include despoism and democracy, freedom and equality, nature and culture, tolerance and fanaticism, deism and natural religion, atheism and materialism, education, sex and libertinage. Readings include selection from the Encyclopedie and from works by Rousseau, Montesquieu, Beaumarchais, De Gouges, Voltaire, Sade, Vivant Denon, Diderot, D'Holbach and La Mettrie.

Frequency: Alternate years.

Prerequisite(s)

FREN 306 

FREN 488 - Senior Seminar

The course is intended primarily for advanced students who have studied in a French-speaking country, and is a requirement for all majors. The themes and theoretical approaches of the seminar will vary depending on the faculty teaching the course.   ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN FRENCH UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 494 - Topics Course

Varies by semester. Taught in French.  Recent offerings have included: Child Soldiers through Texts and Films, Quebec and Others, From the Far East to the Antipodes: Francophone Representations of Asia and the Pacific, and The Animal and the Human in the French Enlightenment.

Frequency: Offered occasionally

Prerequisite(s)

One 300 level course is required depending on content of French 494.

FREN 601 - Tutorial

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 602 - Tutorial

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 603 - Tutorial

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 604 - Tutorial

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 611 - Independent Project

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 612 - Independent Project

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 613 - Independent Project

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 614 - Independent Project

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 621 - Internship

Study abroad is strongly recommended. The internship does not count toward the major.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Four courses in French among those designated for the completion of a major. Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

FREN 622 - Internship

Study abroad is strongly recommended. The internship does not count toward the major.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Four courses in French among those designated for the completion of a major. Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

FREN 623 - Internship

Study abroad is strongly recommended. The internship does not count toward the major.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Four courses in French among those designated for the completion of a major. Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

FREN 624 - Internship

Study abroad is strongly recommended. The internship does not count toward the major.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Four courses in French among those designated for the completion of a major. Permission of instructor. Work with Internship Office.

FREN 631 - Preceptorship

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

FREN 632 - Preceptorship

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

FREN 633 - Preceptorship

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

FREN 634 - Preceptorship

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor. Work with Academic Programs.

FREN 641 - Honors Independent

Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 642 - Honors Independent

Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 643 - Honors Independent

Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.

FREN 644 - Honors Independent

Independent research, writing, or other preparation leading to the culmination of the senior honors project.

Frequency: Every semester.

Prerequisite(s)

Permission of instructor.