Level of Study
Place of Instruction
This course can also be taken as online study (FRAN622)
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 student´s 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.
Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:
- 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
- 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
- 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
No formal requirement, but see Recommended Previous Knowledge.
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
Access to the Course
The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods
Approx. 3 hours of teaching weekly for 10 weeks.
Teaching is conducted in the form of lectures and seminars, supervision on the mandatory assignment. Also, in addition to regular teaching, there is the possibility of film screenings.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Students must attend at least 75 % of the lectures (including digital teaching) 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 two additional semesters 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.
The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.
Spring. An exam will be offered early in the Autumn semester for students who passed the obligatory requirements.
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 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.
Evaluation of the course is carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen quality assurance system.
The program committee is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.
The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program.
Type of assessment: Take-home examination
- Assignment handed out
- 14.10.2022, 09:00
- Submission deadline
- 21.10.2022, 13:00
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam