Objectives and Content
Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:
- have a good knowledge of the constitutional, political and social situation in France and of the French-speaking world today
- be able to converse in French about French society and the situation in French-speaking countries and territories
- have developed skills in expressing him/herself in standard French and in reading high-level French-language texts
- be able to follow and evaluate French and French-language societal debate on the basis of the knowledge attained during the course
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Place of Instruction
This course is also offered on-line: FRAN624
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Teaching and learning methods
Before the teaching starts, the students have access to preparation material on the learning platform MittUiB. The material may include e.g. introduction videos, videotaped lectures, notes, assignments and a discussion forum. The teaching is normally conducted on campus and presupposes that the students have worked actively with the preparation material. The teaching consists of lectures and seminars/group discussions.
Approximately two hours of teaching per week during about twelve weeks. The teaching starts in week 34.
Provided that there are sufficient resources available, assignment seminars will be organized.
If less than five students sign up for the course, the teaching may be adjusted to fit the number of students, e.g. by replacing lectures with seminars or other forms of individually suited teaching. If this should occur, students will be notified about the alternative teaching arrangements before the registration deadline.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
In connection with teaching, students must obtain approval on a written essay of about 1000 words on French or French-language cultural knowledge. In addition, students must attain approval on an oral presentation of about five minutes in the discipline the student elects not to submit his/her written assignment in. The deadline for submission / presentation of assignments to be completed will be announced at the beginning of the semester.
Students must attend at least 75 % of the lectures/seminars (including digital teaching) in order to be eligible for assessment in this course.
Mandatory assignments are valid for one additional semester following the semester of instruction.
Forms of Assessment
Bernard, De Gunten, Martin og Niogret: Les Institutions de la France (Nathan)
Sanaker, Holter og Skattum: La francophonie, une introduction critique (Unipub).
The reading list provides information about what text are on the curriculum at any given time.