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French
This program is co-ordinated by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Chair
Ernesto J. Virgulti

General Information

Administrative Assistant
Alison J. Rothwell

905-688-5550, extension 3312
Mackenzie Chown A240

https://brocku.ca/modernlanguages/index.html

The Department aims to provide students with a thorough and comprehensive coverage of spoken and written French, its literature and culture. In addition to the courses taught in French, the Department offers a series of courses taught in English (designated MLLC) that may be acceptable for credit toward a degree in French.

The Department favours and facilitates participation by students of French at all levels in Spring/Summer French immersion programs offered in France and Québec.

Program Notes
  1. Students with Ontario grade 12U or OAC standing or equivalent in French take FREN 1F90, and may not take FREN 1P01, 1P02 and 1P03 without permission of the Department. Permission is granted only in the most exceptional cases. Français and Immersion students may take FREN 2F00 and 2F03 with permission of the Department; normally, they take FREN 1F90.
  2. Students without Ontario grade 12U or OAC standing or equivalent take FREN 1P01, 1P02 or 1P03, according to their background. Students with Ontario grade 9 French or equivalent or less take 1P01. Those with Ontario grade 10 or 11 or equivalent take 1P02. Those with 1P02 take 1P03.
  3. FREN 1P01, 1P02 and 1P03 are introductory language courses. Students who register in any of these courses must submit an official high school transcript to the instructor as proof of their level of competence in order to receive Departmental confirmation of registration before the end of the second week of classes (see Undergraduate Academic Calendar). Failure to do so will result in deregistration from the course.
  4. Unless otherwise noted in the course description, courses numbered 2(alpha)00 or above are taught in the language while courses numbered 1F90 and below are taught in the language to the extent possible.
  5. FREN 1P01, 1P02 and 1P03 may be taken for degree credit, but cannot be used to meet requirements for major programs in French. However, two of these courses may be included in a Minor Program in French.
  6. Language courses numbered 1P01, 1P02, 1P03, 1F90 and 2F00 constitute a sequence. Once credit has been obtained in one of these courses, students are not allowed to take for credit a course in the same language with a lower number in the sequence. Students may not take two courses at different levels in the sequence during the same term. This regulation also applies to courses taken at other institutions.
  7. Departmental courses noted as given in English may be included in major programs. Single Honours programs may include no more than two and one-half credits in such courses; single 3 Year (Pass) programs may include no more than one and one-half credits in such courses; combined 3 Year (Pass) programs may include no more than one credit in such courses. Combined Honours programs may include no more than one and one-half credits in such courses. If both combined Honours programs are chosen, from French, Italian or Spanish, one and one-half credit in each languages is allowed.
  8. The Department reserves the right to refuse admission to and/or credit for any of its language courses to a student who has, in the view of the Department, a level of competence unsuited to that course.
  9. In all 20 credit degree programs, at least 12 credits must be numbered 2(alpha)00 or above, six of which must be numbered 2(alpha)90 or above and of these, three must be numbered 3(alpha)90 or above. In all 15 credit degree programs, at least seven credits must be numbered 2(alpha)00 or above, three of which must be numbered 2(alpha)90 or above.

Honours Program

Year 1
·   FREN 1F90 (see program note 1)
·   one Science context credit
·   one Social Science context credit
·   two elective credits
Year 2
·   FREN 2F00 and 2F03
·   one FREN or MLLC credit numbered 2(alpha)00 or above (see program note 7)
·   two elective credits
Year 3
·   FREN 3P03
·   two and one-half FREN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   two elective credits
Year 4
·   FREN 4P03
·   one FREN or MLLC credit numbered 2(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   two and one-half FREN or MLLC credits numbered 3(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   one elective credit

Concurrent BA (Honours)/BEd

The Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Faculty of Education co-operate in offering a Concurrent five-year BA (Honours)/BEd program. The French BA (Honours)/BEd program combines the BA Honours program with the teacher education program for students interested in teaching at the Intermediate/Senior level (grades 7-12.) Refer to the Education - Concurrent BA (Honours)/BEd (Intermediate/Senior) program listing for further information.

Pass Program

Satisfactory completion of the first three years of the Honours program entitles a student to apply for a Pass degree.

Combined Major Program

Honours

Year 1
·   FREN 1F90 (see program note 1)
·   one credit from the co-major discipline
·   one Science context credit
·   one Social Science context credit
·   one elective credit
Year 2
·   FREN 2F00 and 2F03
·   two credits from the co-major discipline
·   one elective credit
Year 3
·   FREN 3P03
·   one and one-half FREN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   two credits from the co-major discipline
·   one elective credit
Year 4
·   FREN 4P03
·   one-half FREN or MLLC credit numbered 2(alpha)90 or above (see program note 7)
·   one FREN or MLLC credit numbered 3(alpha)90 or above (see program notes 7 and 9)
·   two credits from the co-major discipline
·   one elective credit
Pass

Satisfactory completion of the first three years of the Honours program entitles a student to apply for a Pass degree.

Minor in French

Students in other disciplines may obtain a Minor in French within their degree program by completing the following courses with a minimum 60 percent overall average:
·   FREN 1F90 and 2F00
·   one FREN credit
·   one FREN literature and/or culture credit numbered 2(alpha)00 or above

Course Descriptions

Note that not all courses are offered in every session. Refer to the applicable term timetable for details.

# Indicates a cross listed course
* Indicates primary offering of a cross listed course

Prerequisites and Restrictions

Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met.
FREN 1F90
Intermediate French
Grammar review; literary, cultural and journalistic readings; practice in reading, writing, oral expression and comprehension.
Lectures, 3 hours per week; language lab, 1 hour per week, alternating weeks.
Prerequisite: FREN 1P03 or Ontario grade 12 or OAC French, Français or French immersion, or equivalent.

FREN 1P01
Introductory French I
Basic French: vocabulary, structures, pronunciation, spoken French. Oral and written exercises.
Lectures, 3 hours per week; language lab, 1 hour per week, alternating weeks.
Note: taken by students with only Ontario grade 9 French (or equivalent) or less. Students who register in this course must submit an official high school transcript to the instructor as proof of their level of competence in order to receive departmental confirmation of registration before the end of the second week of classes. Failure to do so will result in deregistration from the course.

FREN 1P02
Introductory French II
Continuation of FREN 1P01. Basic French: vocabulary, structures, pronunciation, spoken French. Oral and written exercises.
Lectures, 3 hours per week; language lab, 1 hour per week, alternating weeks.
Prerequisite: FREN 1P01 or permission of the instructor.
Note: may be taken by students with no more than Ontario grade 10 or 11 French (or equivalent). Such students who register in this course must submit an official high school transcript to the instructor as proof of their level of competence in order to receive departmental confirmation of registration before the end of the second week of classes. Failure to do so will result in deregistration from the course.

FREN 1P03
Introductory French III
Continuation of FREN 1P02. Basic French: vocabulary, structures, pronunciation, spoken French. Oral and written exercises.
Lectures, 3 hours per week; language lab, 1 hour per week, alternating weeks.
Prerequisite: FREN 1P02.
Note: students other than those who have FREN 1P02 who register in this course must submit an official high school transcript to the instructor as proof of their level of competence in order to receive departmental confirmation of registration before the end of the second week of classes. Failure to do so will result in deregistration from the course.

FREN 2F00
Grammar and Composition
Intensive grammar review; literary expression; composition; critical written and oral expression through discussion of general topics.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: FREN 1F90.

FREN 2F03
Literature and Culture: The French-Speaking World
Literature in its cultural contexts. Works from different genres, historical periods and cultural traditions. Dissertation, technical vocabulary, rhetorical terminology and interpretative concepts.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: FREN 1F90.
Note: students may not concurrently register in FREN 2F03 and any French literature or culture course numbered 2(alpha)90 or higher.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in any French literature course numbered 2(alpha)90 or higher.

FREN 2P44
Children's Literature in French: The Picture Book
Selection of picture books from France and other francophone regions emphasizing the contemporary period; theory of the picture book and its use in the classroom.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: FREN 1F90.

FREN 2P57
Phonetics and Phonology
Sound patterns of French. Articulatory, auditory and acoustic properties. Phonemic and non-phonemic (stress, intonation, rhythm) features.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: FREN 1F90.

FREN 2P65
Culture and Civilization of France to 1700
Prehistory to the end of the 17th century; art, music, architecture and aesthetics; intellectual trends; history, politics and society.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: FREN 1F90.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in FREN 2P60 and 3F82.

FREN 3F96
Landscape and Cultural Memory
(also offered as CANA 3F96 and GEOG 3F96)
Field course in Québec. Readings in literature and geography, exploring the links and reciprocal influences between disciplines. Authors studied may include Louis Hémon, Philippe Aubert de Gaspé, Roger Lemelin.
Restriction: consult the Chair regarding permission to register.
Prerequisite: one of FREN 2F03, CANA 2P91, 2P92 (2F91) or permission of the instructor.
Note: field work for two weeks in May. Students are expected to pay their own expenses. Course given in English. French majors complete written assignments and exams in French. CANA students may count this as either Cultural Studies I or II and as a credit related to French Canada.

FREN 3P03
Composition and Stylistics
Advanced grammar and stylistics of contemporary French. Applications to composition.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: FREN 2F00.

FREN 3P44
Children's Literature in French: Beyond the Picture Book
Novels, poetry and theatre from the 17th century to the present emphasizing the contemporary period; texts from France, Québec and other francophone regions. Theory of children's literature.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.

FREN 3P45
Nineteenth-Century French Literature to 1850
Romanticism, Parnasse and other currents. Texts chosen from various genres. Authors may include Stendhal, Balzac, Vigny, Lamartine, Hugo, Musset.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.

FREN 3P53
Twentieth-Century French Literature to 1935
Ideological and aesthetic perspectives. Texts chosen from various genres. Authors may include Proust, Gide, Claudel, Apollinaire, Breton.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.

FREN 3P65
Culture and Civilization of France from 1700 to the Present
Art, music, architecture and aesthetics from the beginning of the 18th century to the present day; intellectual trends; history, politics and society.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in FREN 2P60.

FREN 3P73
Canadian Literature in French to 1939
Analysis of major texts chosen from various genres. Historical, sociological and ideological perspectives.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.

FREN 3P74
Canadian Literature in French from 1939 to 1960
Analysis of major texts chosen from various genres. Historical, sociological and ideological perspectives.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.

FREN 3P86
Women Writers of France
(also offered as WISE 3P86)
Texts chosen from various genres. Authors may include M. de France, M. de Navarre, Sévigné, Sand, Colette, Beauvoir, Duras, Yourcenar.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.

FREN 3P91
Seventeenth-Century French Literature
Classicism; religious and moral currents; texts chosen from various genres; authors may include Corneille, Molière, Racine, Mme de La Fayette, La Fontaine, Pascal, Descartes.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in FREN 3P31.

FREN 3P92
Eighteenth-Century French Literature
Narrative, theatre and philosophical writing; critical voices, ideological concerns; authors may include Montesquieu, Marivaux, Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, Beaumarchais, Laclos.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in FREN 3P37.

FREN 3P93
African Literature in French
Narrative, poetry and theatre. Historical, cultural, ideological and theoretical concerns.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in FREN 3P62 and 3P63.

FREN 3P94
Caribbean Literature in French
Narrative, poetry and theatre. Historical, cultural, ideological and theoretical concerns.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in FREN 3P62 and 3P64.

FREN 3P95
French Literature and Culture in Film
New Wave and popular cinema; adaptations of French novels; critical texts. Directors may include Godard, Truffaut, Resnais, Rohmer, Besson, Chabrol, Lelouch, Duras.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week, plus film lab.
Prerequisite: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.

FREN 3P96
Contemporary Canadian Theatre in French
Background and traditions; analysis of selected plays and study of current directions.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F00 and 2F03.

FREN 4P03
Linguistic Approach to Textual Analysis
Syntax and semantics of French; theoretical applications to textual analysis of literary genres.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F03, 3P03 and one-half credit (taught in French) in literature numbered 2(alpha)90 or above.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in FREN 4F01, 4P01, 4P02 and 4P15.

FREN 4P04
Translation II: Applications
Lexical, morphological, syntactic and semantic interrelationships between source text and target text; application of translation methodologies to a variety of texts.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 3P03 and MLLC 3P94.
Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade in FREN 4F01, 4P01 and 4P02.

FREN 4P44
Nineteenth-Century French Literature after 1850
Realism, Naturalism, Symbolism. Texts chosen from various genres. Authors may include Flaubert, Zola, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, Mallarmé.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F03; two FREN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above, with at least one-half credit (taught in French) in literature.

FREN 4P55
Twentieth-Century French Literature from 1935 to 1970
Ideological and aesthetic perspectives. Texts chosen from various genres. Authors may include Malraux, Camus, Sartre, Giraudoux, Robbe-Grillet, Beckett, Char.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F03; two FREN or MLLC credits numbered2(alpha)90 or above, with at least one-half credit (taught in French) in literature.

FREN 4P56
French Literature after 1970
Contemporary aesthetic movements. Texts chosen from various genres. Authors may include Le Clézio, Yourcenar, Tournier, Bonnefoy, Modiano, Duras.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F03; two FREN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above, with at least one-half credit (taught in French) in literature.

FREN 4P75
Canadian Literature in French after 1960
Texts from various genres representing major aesthetic movements.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F03; two FREN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above, with at least one-half credit (taught in French) in literature.

FREN 4P92
Research Project
Independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member.
Restriction: permission of the Department.

FREN 4P96
Critical Theory and Methodology
Twentieth-century approaches to literary criticism: sociological, phenomenological, psychoanalytic approaches; structuralism, semiotics, narratology, deconstruction. Bibliographical research.
Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F03; two FREN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above, with at least one-half credit (taught in French) in literature.

FREN 4V60-4V99
Special Research Topics in French Literature
Course content will vary, depending upon the interests of instructors and students.
Lectures, 3 hours per week.
Prerequisites: FREN 2F03; two FREN or MLLC credits numbered 2(alpha)90 or above, with at least one-half credit (taught in French) in literature.