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French (FR)

FR 139 (GH;IL) France and the French-speaking World (3) An introduction to the culture of France and its impact on the world.

FR 139 France and the French Speaking World (3)

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

By studying the artistic, social and intellectual components of the French cultural ethos, the undergraduate student will develop an appreciation of a major Western European humanistic tradition and its impact and adaptation on several continents. The notion of a national culture, which has become an international phenomenon integrates a broad spectrum of subject areas in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The elements to be articulated embrace: socioeconomic, linguistic, and demographic profiles, social stereotypes (internal, external, and colonial), social structures (family, gender, childhood/old age), and selected "high" and "popular" cultural themes (cuisine, architecture, dress, painting, social philosophy). Using today's metropolitan French culture as a point of departure, and its historical legacy, the course will explore the consequences of French cultural hegemony in various French-speaking areas (Belgium, Switzerland, North and West Africa, North America, Maghreb-Middle East, Orient). In brief, the course introduces Penn State students to the dynamics of cultural pluralism, a crucial acquisition in today's "global village."

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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