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Undergraduate French 2016-2017

FR1021: INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF MODERN FRANCE 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This course offers students who are registered for the beginners' course in French language an introduction to twentieth century French culture and society through the study of films, short prose texts and poetry. The course is organised around the broad themes of childhood and adolescence, gender, sexuality and love and marginalisation in contemporary France. The texts will be studied in translation or with subtitles.

FR1022: LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF MODERN FRANCE 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This course offers students with intermediate or good knowledge French language an introduction to twentieth century French culture and society through the study of films, short prose texts and poetry. The course is organised around the broad themes of childhood and adolescence, gender, sexuality and love and marginalisation in contemporary France. 

FR1023: LEVEL 1 FRENCH LANGUAGE 1A: BEGINNERS/NEAR BEGINNERS (STANDARD GRADE/GCSE OR BELOW)

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This intensive language course is designed for students who have little or no previous knowledge of French.

FR1024: LEVEL 1 FRENCH LANGUAGE 2A: INTERMEDIATE

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This course is intended for students who have studied French to Higher or equivalent level, but whose knowledge may be rusty.  It will enable them to consolidate and extend their knowledge of French, written and spoken.

FR1025: LEVEL 1 FRENCH LANGUAGE 3A: PROFICIENT

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This course is intended for students who have studied French to at least Higher or equivalent level, or beyond to A level or Advanced Higher.   It will enable them to consolidate and extend their knowledge of French, written and spoken.

FR1523: LEVEL 1 FRENCH LANGUAGE 1B: BEGINNERS/NEAR BEGINNERS

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course builds on the work done in FR1023, providing students with an adequate command of French language to allow them the possibility of continuing their studies into level 2 and Honours. 

FR1524: LEVEL 1 FRENCH LANGUAGE 2B/3B: INTERMEDIATE/PROFICIENT

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course is intended for students who have studied French to the equivalent of Scottish Higher or beyond.  Building on the work done in the first semester in FR1024 or FR1025, it seeks to enable students to consolidate and extend their knowledge of French, written and spoken.

FR1526: LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF MODERN FRANCE IN CONTEXT

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course offers students with intermediate or good knowledge French language an advanced introduction to twentieth-century French and Francophone culture and society, focusing on the occupation of France during World War II and the experience of colonialism and post-colonialism.

FR1527: INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF MODERN FRANCE IN CONTEXT

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course offers students who are registered for the beginners' course in French language an advanced introduction to twentieth-century French and Francophone culture and society, focusing on the occupation of France during World War II and the experience of colonialism and post-colonialism. Written texts will be studied in translation or with vocabulary help and films will be studied with subtitles.

FRDIAG: FRENCH DIAGNOSTIC TEST

0 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

Students being admitted to a French degree programme, or intending taking a French course, should first take the language diagnostic test. The test can be taken at any time and is completed online. On the basis of this diagnostic test you will be allocated to the appropriate level 1 language course. The test helps to ensure you are on the course that is most appropriate for your level of knowledge and experience.

Please go to www.abdn.ac.uk/mycurriculum to access the French Diagnostic Test.

Having completed the test you should select the appropriate course when making your curriculum choices.

FR2002: ADVANCED FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This second year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to students who have passed FR1524. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language courses (with FR2502) that one has to have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

FR2012: ADVANCED INTRODUCTORY FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This second year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to students who have passed FR1523. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language courses (along with FR2512) that has to have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

FR2013: FRENCH IDENTITIES: INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the individual and society in France from the 18th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of novels, a play and a film.

FR2014: INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH IDENTITIES: INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the individual and society in France from the 18th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of novels, a play and a film.

FR2502: ADVANCED FRENCH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This second year French language course which runs in the second half-session is only open to students who have followed FR2002. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language pre-requisite courses (along with FR2002) that one must have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

FR2510: INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LINGUISTICS

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course will look at

-  the French sound system (with the spin-off of helping you to improve your pronunciation). 

-  word meaning and also speaker meaning (what a speaker means by, e.g., "were you born in a barn?")

-  how new words are formed

-  how sentences can be analysed

-  how French has developed from the Middle Ages up to the present

-  how French spread throughout the world (including French-based creoles)

-  how French varies according to the person using the language, and the purpose for which they are using it

 

FR2512: ADVANCED INTRODUCTORY FRENCH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This second year French language course which runs in the second half-session is only open to students who have followed FR2012. It will improve their written, oral and aural skills, and is one of the two second year French language pre-requisite courses (along with FR2012) that one must have passed to be allowed into the French honours Programme.

FR2513: FRENCH IDENTITIES CENTRE AND PERIPHERY

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the centre and periphery in France and the Francophone world from the 17th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of a play, poetry, postcolonial theory and a film.

FR2514: INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH IDENTITIES CENTRE AND PERIPHERY

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course will introduce students to a variety of texts which focus on the theme of relationships between the centre and periphery in France and the Francophone world from the 17th century onwards. The course will involve lectures and tutorials and will include the study of a play, poetry, postcolonial theory and a film.

FR3045: LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 9

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This third year French language course which runs for the whole term is only open to Joint Honours degree in French students. The pre-requisite for this course is FR2502 or FR2512.

FR3048: LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 14/15

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This intensive programme of language exercises is designed to develop competence in a variety of different registers.

FR3058: LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 6

30 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

This third year French language course which runs for the whole term is only open to Francophone Erasmus students during their residency at the University of Aberdeen.

FR3059: LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 12

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This third year French language course which runs in the first half-session is only open to Francophone Erasmus students during their one half term residency at the University of Aberdeen.

FR3077: HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The course offers an introduction to French linguistics in, so far as possible, a non-technical way. Three major areas are explored: language and society (e.g. tu/vous, language and sex, slang and swearing); aspects of grammar (written and spoken French, grammatical gender); words and meanings (the development of French vocabulary, franglais). Each of these areas is considered from two points of view: first, that of the overall structure of contemporary French, which will occupy the majority of class time; second that of the historical developments in each area (generally from around 1650), which have made the language what it is today.

FR3084: THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FRANCE A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course will involve critical study of a number of significant demographic, cultural and social changes in contemporary France, focusing on the ways in which the French political system has been called upon to respond to phenomena such as mass migration, regionalism, feminism and changing perceptions of the family from the 1970s onwards.

FR3086: MODERNITY AND CHANGE IN POSTWAR FRANCE A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

France underwent a rapid series of changes during the post-war period as it lived through the twin dramas of modernisation and decolonisation. This course explores how cultural production during the period responds to, captures and portrays the changes affecting the country, including emergence of new technologies, the rise of mass consumerism, urban development, and the challenge to traditional social structures. A range of material will be studied, including films, literature, and photography and philosophical writing.

FR3089: JUNIOR HONOURS FRENCH LANGUAGE

15 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

This Junior Honours French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512, runs over the full session and is only open to Single and Joint Junior Honours degree in French students. 

Building on the skills gained during their first two years of study of French, this course will improve the students' French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.

It carries 15 credits and is assessed by way of four equally weighted assignments. 

FR3090: NON-HONOURS LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

30 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

This Non-Honours Level 3 French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512 , runs over the full session and is open to students following a Designated Degree in French Studies, LLB (French or Belgian law), European Studies (with one language) or any Degree with French language as a minor .

This course will improve French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as sensitivity to linguistic variety.​

It carries 30 credits and is assessed by way of six equally weighted assignments.

FR3091: NON HONOURS LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

This Non-Honours Level 3 French language course, whose pre-requisites are FR2502 or FR2512 , runs over the full session and is open to students following European Studies (with TWO languages), as well as any Degree with French language as a minor.

Building on the skills gained during the first two years of study, this course will improve French language skills in all four areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing, whilst increasing their grammatical and lexical knowledge, as well as their sensitivity to linguistic variety.​

The course, which carries 15 credits, is assessed by way of four equally weighted assignments.

FR3092: THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY NOVEL IN FRENCH A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The French novel has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, and the aim of this course is to study a representative selection of novels published in French since 2000 by some of the best, and best-known, contemporary writers. Students will study the main themes and stylistic innovations of these novels, and place them within the broader context of the tradition of the twentieth and twenty-first century novel in French. The selected works may change from year to year but might consider texts by authors such as Camille Laurens, Michel Houellebecq, Alain Mabanckou, Léonora Miano and Nina Bouraoui.

FR3527: LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 7

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course is open only to mode B Junior Honours students of French, fulfilling their residence requirements in a French-speaking country.  An intensive programme of written language exercises is designed to develop competence in a variety of different registers.

FR3548: LEVEL 3 FRENCH LANGUAGE 14/15

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This intensive programme of language exercises is designed to develop competence in a variety of different registers.

FR3577: WOMEN'S WRITING IN FRENCH A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

Beginning with an introduction to theories of women's writing, this course will examine French texts by women from successive centuries and consider whether certain themes and ways of writing can be regarded as specifically feminine. In addition to analysing the common threads running through the texts, the course will encourage students to think about the evolution of writing by women and the changing ways in which women express their vision of the world through the literary text. Texts will change from year to year, but might include texts by authors such as Isabelle de Charriere, George Sand, or Rachilde.

FR3578: LITERATURE AND SCIENCE IN NINETEENTH CENTURY FRANCE A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

The nineteenth century was a particularly exciting time for scientific development in France and major French authors read and engaged with the works of professional scientists along with texts by popularisers of science. This course will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the impact of science on nineteenth-century French narrative. It will consider how scientific developments influenced thinking about areas such as progress and decadence, gender relations, and ideas about life and death. It will enable students to analyse the particular ways in which literature disseminates but also questions scientific ideas.

FR3580: FRENCH THEATRE A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

We will start by discussing central aspects of drama, such as character, plot, showing vs. telling, audiences, lighting, sound, costume, etc., then we will look at a selection of representative French plays from different periods exploring a variety of approaches to theatricality.  Texts will range from early religious drama through popular farce, classical theatre, melodrama, and theatre of the absurd to the present day.

FR3593: NEW WAVE PARIS A

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course explores the ways in which the city of Paris has been a source of inspiration for a number of French film directors who contributed to the transformation of urban culture in the 1960s. The course provides an introduction to the cinematic construction of urban space and to the myth of Paris as a modern city, and concentrates on la nouvelle vague, through a study of a number of its most influential directors.

FR4004: LEVEL 4 FRENCH LANGUAGE 3

30 credits

Level 4

Both Sessions

This fourth year French language course is run over the full session and is only open to students who study LLB (French or Belgian law), as well as any Degree with French as a minor subject. The pre-requisite for this course is FR3003.

 
This course carries 30 credits and is assessed by way of six equally weighted assignments.

FR4052: FRENCH DISSERTATION

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Candidates will write a dissertation of 8,000 words on a subject to be decided in consultation with the Course Co-ordinator, to be researched and written (under supervision by a member of staff) in the second half session of Junior Honours, and submitted at the beginning of Senior Honours.

FR4059: LEVEL 4 FRENCH LANGUAGE 1

30 credits

Level 4

Both Sessions

This fourth year French language course is run over the full session and is only open to Single Honours degree in French students. The pre-requisite for this course is FR3041.

This course is assessed by way of continuous (4 equally weighted assignments) and summative assessments (Examination Papers 1, 2 & 3).

FR4060: LEVEL 4 FRENCH LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 4

Both Sessions

This fourth year French language course is run over the full session and is only open to Joint Honours degree in French students. The pre-requisite for this course is FR3042.

 

This course is assessed by way of continuous (4 equally weighted assignments) and summative assessments (Examination Papers 1 & 2).

FR4077: HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The course offers an introduction to French linguistics in, so far as possible, a non-technical way. Three major areas are explored: language and society (tu/vous, language and sex, slang and swearing); aspects of grammar (written and spoken French, grammatical gender); words and meanings (the development of French vocabulary, franglais). Each of these areas is considered from two points of view: first, that of the overall structure of contemporary French, which will occupy the majority of class time; second that of the historical developments in each area (generally from around 1650), which have made the language what it is today.

FR4084: THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE IN CONTEMPORARY FRANCE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course will involve critical study of a number of significant demographic, cultural and social changes in contemporary France, focusing on the ways in which the French political system has been called upon to respond to phenomena such as mass migration, regionalism, feminism and changing perceptions of the family from the 1970s onwards.

FR4086: MODERNITY AND CHANGE IN POSTWAR FRANCE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

France underwent a rapid series of changes during the post-war period as it lived through the twin dramas of modernisation and decolonisation. This course explores how cultural production during the period responds to, captures and portrays the changes affecting the country, including emergence of new technologies, the rise of mass consumerism, urban development, and the challenge to traditional social structures. A range of material will be studied, including films, literature, and photography and philosophical writing.

FR4092: THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY NOVEL IN FRENCH B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The French novel has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, and the aim of this course is to study a representative selection of novels published in French since 2000 by some of the best, and best-known, contemporary writers. Students will study the main themes and stylistic innovations of these novels, and place them within the broader context of the tradition of the twentieth and twenty-first century novel in French. The selected works may change from year to year but might consider texts by authors such as Amélie Nothomb, Alain Mabanckou, Léonora Miano and Nina Bouraoui.

FR4571: SENIOR HONOURS SEMINAR

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Final French Oral Examination for Single and Joint French Studies Honours Degrees.

FR4578: LITERATURE AND SCIENCE IN NINETEENTH CENTURY FRANCE B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The nineteenth century was a particularly exciting time for scientific development in France and major French authors read and engaged with the works of professional scientists along with texts by popularisers of science. This course will provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the impact of science on nineteenth-century French narrative. It will consider how scientific developments influenced thinking about areas such as progress and decadence, gender relations, and ideas about life and death. It will enable students to analyse the particular ways in which literature disseminates but also questions scientific ideas.

FR4580: FRENCH THEATRE B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

We will start by discussing central aspects of drama, such as character, plot, showing vs. telling, audiences, lighting, sound, costume, etc., then we will look at a selection of representative French plays from different periods exploring a variety of approaches to theatricality.  Texts will range from early religious drama through popular farce, classical theatre, melodrama, and theatre of the absurd to the present day.

FR4592: FRENCH LANGUAGE FOR SPECIALIZED PURPOSES

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course is only open to students who are Junior Honours students in French Studies (Single/Joint). It requires a good level of written and oral French as all the assessments will be produced in French. 

FR4593: NEW WAVE PARIS B

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course explores the ways in which the city of Paris has been a source of inspiration for a number of French film directors who contributed to the transformation of urban culture in the 1960s. The course provides an introduction to the cinematic construction of urban space and to the myth of Paris as a modern city, and concentrates on la nouvelle vague, through a study of a number of its most influential directors.

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