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In this course, we will concentrate on polishing your oral and written expression and on expanding your vocabulary, while focusing on the analysis and discussion of French and Francophone cultures and the concepts that define them. In addition to helping you improve your speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing, as well as reviewing advanced grammar, we will explore key myths and practices linked to municipal, regional, and national identities in France and the Francophone world, and seek to understand the history of contemporary debates surrounding these identities. Topics of discussion will include: Which cultural practices represent what it means to be French? How do certain regions and cities derive a sense of identity distinct from that of the nation? How do overseas departments and territories inflect Frenchness by means of their own histories and geographies? Short literary, theoretical, and historical texts, along with films, music, artwork, press articles, and websites, will inform our discussions. Conducted in French.
Format: lecture; Remote. This will be a remote course available to all students, whether they are on campus or completing coursework 100% remotely. We will convene synchronously via web-conferencing multiple times per week, with an emphasis on discussion in small groups. There will be many opportunities for all course members to interact via a series of varied online activities both during and in-between our synchronous sessions.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
participation, grammar exercises, 3 reaction papers, 1 presentation, final project
RLFR 104, placement exam, or by permission of instructor
All are welcome, but if overenrolled, preference will be given to first- and second-year students and French major and certificate students. If necessary, a statement of interest will be solicited.