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2010/2011  BA-BLC_FS2  French Studies 2

English Title
French Studies 2

Course Information

Language French
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Spring
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
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
• present a well-structured summary of text excerpts and establish links between the topics and concepts raised in the text and the region-specific political, economic and social features introduced in the course literature of the 1st and 2nd semester, and
• identify and describe key institutions, moments and figures in selected Francophone countries.
At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
• comprehend the questions posed during the examination, and communicate in sufficiently coherent French so that their responses are intelligible,
• present and discuss the exam topic in French using appropriate vocabulary, and
• speak in grammatically accurate and well-pronounced French, avoiding major grammatical, lexical, idiomatic or pronunciation errors that inhibit communication. At this stage, students should be able to show some degree of linguistic awareness by beginning to correct their errors in the exam situation.
French Studies 2
Exam Period May/June
The examination is oral and based on the material from the 1st and 2nd semesters. At the exam, the student will draw a page from the 200-page exam syllabus and has 30 minutes in which to prepare a summary of the text and discuss it in terms of the overall context of the curriculum and of the specific topic that it addresses. This is an open-book examination meaning that students have the opportunity to consult reference works, class notes and dictionaries during the preparation session. Two grades are given: one for content and one for language. Grades are given according to the 7-point grading scale by the teacher and an internal examiner. Before students can take the examination, they must have completed the compulsory assignments in the 1st semester (multiple-choice test, grammar test, oral presentation); and in the 2nd semester (grammar test and a listening comprehension exercise).
The course builds on the French courses of the 1st semester. It is designed to integrate with Globalisation Studies and the First Year Project, and to provide the foundation for a progression within Spanish 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 builds upon knowledge and understanding acquired in the 1st semester with a view to further exploring the interaction between the global and local contexts in French-speaking parts of the world. In the second semester, focus is on exploring, in a comparative perspective, some of the key institutions, moments and figures that can illuminate our understanding of how a particular context encounters globalisation. Successive backward views in history will be introduced with a view to better comprehend present taken-for-granted values and practices as well as cooperation and conflicts betweenselected Francophone parts of the world.Topics include state and nation formation; colonialism, political, economic and educational institutions; social security and religion.

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