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French (FR)

FR 083S (GH;IL) First-Year Seminar in French (3) Critical approaches to the dimensions and directions in French/Francophone literatures and cultures.

FR 083S First-Year Seminar in French (3)
(GH;FYS;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

Through the reading of texts, discussions (in-class, study groups, listservs), debates, and collaborative research projects, students are introduced [a] to French/Francophone literatures and/or cultures; [b] to the humanities and to the nature of research and scholarship; [c] to cross-cultural issues (international); and [d] to scholarly conduct and responsibilities. Students develop international competence by cultivating curiosity about and empathy for other cultures; by recognizing that social variables, such as age, gender, social class, religion, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and place of residence, affect the way people view the world, behave, and communicate; and by developing the ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information about he culture(s) from a variety of sources (print, electronic, people, personal observations). The points of departure for the development of all of these competencies are literary and cultural texts from France and French-speaking regions/counties of the world. All texts are in translation, and knowledge of the French language is not required. Students will be evaluated through written essays, quizzes, class discussions, and a collaborative group project. This course will prepare the students for other courses in the humanities by giving them the opportunity to gain insights into the study of the humanities through literary and cultural texts. In addition to the academic topic and issues of this course, students can expect to gain a general introduction to the University as an academic community and have the opportunity to explore their responsibilities as members of that community. Students will develop an understanding of the learning tools and resources available to them including the opportunity to develop relationships with faculty and other students who share their academic interests. The Department of French plans to offer three (twenty student limit per seminar) first-year seminars per academic year. The course fulfills the first-year seminar requirement as well as one of the humanities requirements in general education or a Bachelor of Arts humanities requirement. This course does not require any special facility or equipment to be taught effectively.


General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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