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Introduction to French Literature

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeFRAN122
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageFrench
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ECTS Credits

10

Level of Study

Bachelor

Teaching semester

Spring

Place of Instruction

Bergen

Objectives and Content

The course provides an introduction into French literature and literary history from the 17th century and up to today. The goal is to develop the students¿ ability to read and interpret literary texts by honing their skills in literary analysis and their knowledge of relevant periods and writers. In the study of these texts, special consideration is given to how the texts are tied to French literary and cultural history.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:

Knowledge

  • have knowledge about the texts on the reading list and be aware of their cultural context
  • have knowledge about the important trends in French literary history from the 17th century up to today

Skills

  • be able to detail thematic aspects of the curriculum in French
  • be able to situate the texts in relation to the key trends in French literary history
  • be able to use attained knowledge in independent analyses and discussions of the texts on the reading list

General competence

  • be well equipped to further develop his/her knowledge about and understanding of French literary texts and their cultural and historic context, also in relation the literatures in other languages

Required Previous Knowledge

None

Recommended Previous Knowledge

To complete the course with a good result, level II French from high school or the equivalent is needed.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to academic overlaps, credits awarded for taking FRAN122 are reduced by 10 ECTS if combined with FRAN102, and 5 ECTS if combined with FRAN105 or FRAN106.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is conducted in the form of lectures, supervision on the mandatory assignment, as well as a short introduction to the use of computer-based learning software for personal study. Also, in addition to regular teaching, there is the possibility of film screenings.

Approx. 3 hours of teaching weekly for 10 weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must attend at least 75 % of the lectures in order to qualify for assessment in this course.

As a part of teaching, students are required to give a 10¿15 min. oral presentation. Students prepare their papers under the supervision of the instructor. The assignment must be approved before taking the exam.

Mandatory assignments are valid for one additional semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

The exam consists of a written, supervised take-home one-week exam. The exam question emphasizes the literary history of one or more texts on the curriculum. The answer must be given in French, approx. 1500 words in length.

Grading Scale

The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Spring

Reading List

a) Text curriculum: the reading list comprises a selection of short texts from different genres and periods of French literary history ranging from the 17th century and up to today. The reading list provides information on what texts are on the curriculum at any given time.

b) Literary history: Students read a short summary of French literary history from the 17th to the 21. century, and are also required to attain further knowledge of the writers on the reading list. Materials on the specific writers can be found in literary histories, lexicons and commentaries on the works on the reading list.

The reading list will be ready by 1 Jun for the fall semester, and 1 Dec for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation of the course is carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen quality assurance system.

Programme Committee

The program committee is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program.

Contact

Contact Information

Student councilor: studierettleiar@if.uib.no

Exam administration: eksamen@if.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination

    Assignment handed out
    21.10.2019, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    28.10.2019, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    07.10.2019
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam