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2010/2011  BA-BLC_FS1  French Studies 1

English Title
French Studies 1

Course Information

Language French
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study Board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course Coordinator
  • Mette Zølner - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
  • demonstrate a good grasp of the factual information about their chosen language area taught during the course,
  • demonstrate a good grasp of the rules governing grammar in French, and
  • demonstrate the capacity to present a topic related to the curriculum, using suitable vocabulary and intelligible French.
French Studies 1
Exam Period December/January
The evaluation consists of three partial examinations: one multiple-choice test on course content; one grammar test, and one oral presentation. All three tests must be passed in the 1st year. All three tests are given a pass/fail assessment by the teacher. If students do not meet the required standard to pass these tests they may resit at a later date, but they must be completed before starting their 2nd year BLC studies.
The course is designed to integrate horizontally with the parallel courses in Globalisation Studies and British and American Studies and to provide the foundation for a progression within French Studies in the bachelor’s programme as a whole.
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

The course is built up around two dimensions – content and language. The content dimension provides a general introduction to the modern French-speaking parts of the world. The course broadly follows the thematic organisation of the parallel Globalisation Studies lecture series and draws on the addressed theories and concepts. These conceptual approaches are presented in conjunction with perspectives and concepts rooted in the specific language area, so that students develop an understanding of different theoretical traditions, and enhance their nationally specific knowledge as well as their cultural sensitivity.

The course presents a basic historical and geographical introduction to French-speaking areas with a view to illustrating the diversity and commonalities of societies sharing a common use of French in the global world of today. The 1st part of the course presents factual information on French-speaking countries as well as their cooperation within Europe and the Francophonie; while the 2nd part of the course explores cases illustrating interactions between the global and local contexts as they are expressed in selected Francophone countries. What links these cases is that they either exemplify how societal contexts contribute in shaping local understandings of global developments or how global developments and debate influence local understandings and developments.

The language dimension is aimed at improving the students’ basic grammar skills, pronunciation and fluency as well as and their reading and oral comprehension. Emphasis will also be placed on learning and exercising phrases needed in order to make presentations and participate in class discussions.