FR 360 French Cultural
This course takes place in France as students participate in a study tour with
their instructor. They discover Paris,
its monuments, art galleries, museums, libraries; visit ancient Roman vestiges,
the Renaissance chateaux, the Second World War sites, the wine provinces, the Côte d’Azur, and participate in French life.
alternate on-campus version of this course on contemporary French society and
culture is offered to students who do not wish to travel to France.
Extensive literary, historical, and audio-visual documentation provide
material for stimulation analysis and discussion of typical French value
orientations, family structures, educational, and cultural institutions.
To open up horizons through a look at a
culture other than your own and to foster a sense of cultural relativity,
pluralism and understanding, and to bring about a better grasp of your own
culture as you look at a different one.
Acquiring a certain familiarity with historical and geographical
concepts pertaining to France.
Introducing the culture of France in its originality and varied manifestations
in the context of national and international perspectives.
This course will allow us to come to a better
understanding of the French people and their culture. We will explore the historical roots of
French behavior and institutions, and consider how the sweeping changes in
French society over the past decades have influenced the present. Your assignment for this course will consist
in: (1) filling the questionnaire corresponding to the different chapters from
Laurence Wylie & Jean-François Brière’s Les Français; (2) summarizing chapter by chapter Peter Mayle’s book A Year in Provence,
and Polly Platt’s French or Foe?; (3) after watching the films Un
coeur en hiver, Mama, there
is a man in your bed, Un air de famille prepare after consultation with your
instructor a research paper on one specific aspect of French value system that
seems to you most original. Students
participating to the study tour to France will write a detailed journal of all visits
and activities of the trip.
for completion of this assignment: August 1st, 2004
and Minors in French Studies complete their assignments in French.
Laurence Wylie and Jean-Françoi
Brière, Les Français, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall, 2001.
Guy R. Mermier, France, Past & Present, Peter Lang, 2000.
Mayle, A year in Provence, Random House, N.Y. 1989.
Peter Mayle, Une année en Provence, NIL Editions, 1993.
Polly Platt, French or Foe?J.C. Krehbiel Company, 1991
Français or La France, Past & Present) 20%
of visits & activities during study tour to France 20%
year in Provence and French or Foe? 20%
Research paper 40%
Disability Services and Accommodation
In compliance with Lake Superior State University policy and equal access laws,
disability-related accommodations or services are available. Students who desire such services are to meet
with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to
discuss their disability-related needs.
Students will not receive services until they register with the Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD). Proper registration will enable the RCSD to
verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations. RCSD is located in South Hall Office 206. The telephone number is (906) 635-2454.
Scholastic misconduct may be cause for a
failing grade, and information may be placed about the incident in the
student’s permanent file in the Office of Academic Affairs. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not
limited to, cheating on assignments or examinations, plagiarizing,
misrepresenting work, or interfering with someone else’s work.