Postgraduate course

Grammar and Literature

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course is comprised of two components:

  • French grammar
  • French literature

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion, the student:

  • has attained more insight into modern French
  • has knowledge about contemporary approaches to the study of French grammar
  • has attained more insight into key questions in literature and literary theory addressed during the course
  • has knowledge of new research in the field in question

The student is able to:

  • account for the chief aspects of modern French grammar
  • account for new research on French literature and literary theory

Upon completion, the student has the basic skills for doing further research on modern French grammar and literature.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

100 and 200 level French or the equivalent

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to certain overlaps in content, credits for completing FRAN302, FRAN310, FRAN309L and FRAN309 will be reduced by 10 ECTS if combined with FRAN311.

Access to the Course

The course is only open to students who do not have Norwegian as their mother tongue, and who are enrolled in the master´s programme in French or the Master´s Programme in Foreign Language Teachers Education.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and seminars will cover grammar and literature: one double-lesson per week or the equivalent in each discipline in the course of 12 weeks.

Lectures in grammar will be held jointly with FRAN309.

Lectures in literature will be held jointly with FRAN308.

If less than five students sign up for the course, teaching may be adjusted, e.g. by replacing some lectures with seminars or by tailoring the course to each student¿s needs and interests. When this is the case, students will be informed about the revised course structure at the beginning of the semester, prior to the semester registration deadline.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In order to be eligible to take the exam, each student must:

  1. seek and attain approval on their reading list for the literary component
  2. meet with the professor in literature for academic advisement on the supervised paper
  3. pass a grammar assignment given in connection with teaching
  4. participate in a seminar about the use of scientific sources in connection with the grammar component of the supervised paper

Approval on mandatory work assignments is valid only for the semester in which the course was conducted, as well as the following semester.

Forms of Assessment

The exam consists of a supervised, three-week take-home assignment:

The assignment covers two disciplines: grammar (around 2000 words) and literature (around 2000 words).

The take-home assignment will be awarded a grade ranging from A-F. Each part counts as half of the final grade.

Examination Support Material

Does not apply.

Grading Scale

The exam is marked on a scale from A to F, where F means that the candidate fails.

Assessment Semester


Reading List

Grammar: around 200 pages from a comprehensive textbook in French grammar. Additionally, students must find one or two academic articles to be cited in the grammar assignment.

Literature: the curriculum is thematically linked to FRAN308, and the students who attend both courses must include 2¿3 literary works and around 50 pages of theory in addition to what is covered in FRAN308.

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

Course Evaluation

The evaluation is conducted in accordance with the quality control system of the University of Bergen.

Programme Committee

The program committee is responsible for the academic content and structure of the program and for the quality of the program and all the courses that comprise it.

Course Coordinator

The program committee for French.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of the Humanities through the Department of Foreign Languages is responsible for the administration of the course and the program as such.


Contact Information


Student advisor: studierettleiar@if.uib.no
Exam administration: eksamen@if.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Paper

    Submission deadline
    28.05.2018, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam