RLFR 107
Advanced French: Formation and Transformation Spring 2023
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity

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This advanced course is designed to help you refine your French speaking, comprehension, and writing skills in preparation for studying abroad or for more advanced French coursework. We will explore the themes of formation (the French term that means at once education and training) and personal transformation, through fictional and autobiographical texts and films. How do individuals find their place in societies and both define and redefine their own identities? Is it possible to reflect critically on one’s own formation, or is it easier to do so through works of fiction? We will also reflect on our own educational experiences as we read works by authors such as Marguerite Duras, Maryse Condé, Annie Ernaux, and Pierre Bourdieu, and watch both recent and classic films from 1950s France to 2020s Québec.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3949
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: One close-reading presentation and essay, one discussion-leading presentation, two analytical essays, final project
Prerequisites: Successful performance in RLFR 105 or 106, or by placement test, or permission of the instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Students from all majors welcome, but if over-enrolled, preference will be given to French majors and certificate students.
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course explores questions of difference, power, and equity through a critical analysis of educational systems in France and the Francophone World. Although education is assumed to create equity (in both France and in North America), the content of this course will help students nuance this view and articulate how different social identities are often excluded from the power and opportunity that education seems to promise.

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