The UCLA Department of French & Francophone Studies offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in English and French. For information about specific section times and locations please view the UCLA Schedule of Classes.
For a complete listing and description of department courses visit the UCLA General Catalog.
French Courses for Non-Majors
Interested students with adequate language background who do not major in French will find, in the undergraduate program of the Department of French, a spectrum of courses to suit individual interests or program requirements. Thus, each year a large number of students elect to enroll in those courses which are designed to refine linguistic skills: conversation, diction, phonetics, composition, or translation. Other students choose to develop their personal interest in French culture and literature by taking upper-division courses in linguistics, culture/civilization, surveys of literature, or more focused seminars. Students with no background in the French language may wish to enroll in Lower Division courses carrying General Education credits, such as French 14 (Introduction to French Civilization); French 41 (French Cinema), or French 16 (Society and Self) or in offerings from the Upper Division series “Courses in Translation.” A number of additional Lower and advanced Upper Division courses are also offered in English with the assigned readings in English translation. They are followed by the letter E in the Catalog.
Spring 2018: Language Courses
French 1. Elementary French
Lecture, five hours. P/NP or letter grading.
French 2. Elementary French
Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 1 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.
French 105. Structure of French
Lecture, three hours. Prior background in linguistics not required. Introduction to linguistic analysis of French in areas of phonology, morphology, syntax, and language variation. P/NP or letter grading.
Spring 2018: Courses in English
French 98TB. Memory, Violence, and Genocide
Seminar, three hours. Requisite: satisfaction of Entry-Level Writing requirement. Freshmen/sophomores preferred. How can we define individual and collective memory? How do authors of fiction “remember” violent historical events? From literature to film to graphic novels, cultural productions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries have been charged with a “duty to remember,” employing a variety of artistic tactics to interrogate, challenge, and codify memory.
The novels we will study straddle the line between fiction and nonfiction, raising questions of the potency of literary tools and techniques with regards to memory. We will study the Rwandan genocide as remembered by Ivoirian Veronique Tadjol; a little-known episode of Holocaust and Jewish history fictionalized by Mauritian Natacha Appanah; as well as a fictional account of the Holocaust as it was enfolding in France during the 1940s by Jewish writer Irène Némirovsky, published decades after her own death. We will finish by watching a film that aims to depict the reality of the summer of 1961 in Paris with a scene that includes an unexpected Holocaust testimony that arises in dialogue with other forms of violence and unrest. Taught in English. Letter grading.
French 142. Francophone Cinema
Lecture, three hours. Racism and Immigration in French and British Film: This course will explore the multiple ways in which French and British societies have addressed the complex history of immigration, and how the rise of far-right populism is transforming Europe. Key terms examined: Brexit, European Union, Islam, migrants crisis, xenophobia. Class meetings are 3 hours long and include both the film screening and analysis / discussion / lecture. Taught in English. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.
French 167. French and Francophone Intellectual History in Translation
Lecture, three hours.
French philosophy on human (and) nature: Reading French thinkers from the Early Modern period, through the Enlightenment, to (post)-Modernity, we will examine the relationship between humans and their environment, the evolving notions of nature, including “human nature”, and the manner in which this defines the French environmental policy and perspective today. Readings include Descartes, Pascal, Diderot, Michel Serres and Michel Foucault, and some independent research on French environmental issues. Taught in English (with the possibility of doing readings and work in French).
May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.
Spring 2018: Courses in French
French 100. Written Expression: Techniques of Description and Narration
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. Writing assignments follow close analysis of relevant texts, film, and related grammatical structures. Examination of vocabulary and structures associated with descriptive writing and French verb tense system required for narration. P/NP or letter grading.
French 101. Advanced Expository Writing: Techniques of Argumentation
Lecture, three hours. French 101 is designed to improve your reading and analysis of informative, persuasive and exploratory writing and to develop your own ability to write clearly and persuasively. You will learn how to engage your reader, and organize an argument with logical transitions. Assignments will be thematically based and focused on topics of current interests. P/NP or letter grading.
French 109. Language and Communication in Business French
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. French 109 is intended to develop your communication skills both orally and written in a French business setting. You will learn to write a resume in French and an application letter. You will practice for a job interview in French. You will develop your vocabulary to be able to answer the phone, send an e-mail and write a professional letter. You will also discover the French business culture. P/NP or letter grading.
French 137. French and Francophone Intellectual History
Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 12 or 100. Taught in French. Femmes écrivaines de la Renaissance française : Ce cours se propose de lire des textes des femmes qui les premières ont écrit en France au nom de leur conditio pour protester contre cette condition, aussi bien que pour s’affirmer elles-mêmes. Sur le modèle de Christine de Pisan (1364-1430), première auteure française professionnelle, nombre d’écrivaines seront actives en France durant la Renaissance. Nous lirons leurs textes tout en les situant dans le contexte historique, social, politique, éthique, culturel et intellectuel qui les caractérise. Parmi les auteures choisies: Marguerite de Navarre, Louise Labé, Pernette du Guillet, Marie Dentière, Catherine et Madeleine des Roches, Marie de Gournay. P/NP or letter grading.
French 191B. Section 1- Variable Topics Research Seminars
Seminar, three hours. Taught in French. This course will focus on the history of francophone African literature. P/NP or letter grading.
French 191B. Variable Topics Research Seminars: French: Literary Animal
Seminar, three hours. Taught in French. We will read literary texts that feature non-human animals at their narrative centers, and explore what these literary animals can teach us about the relationships between the human and the non-human, between self and other. We will also consider how non-human animals function in these texts as literary tropes, as symbols, and as narrative engines. The scope of the class is trans-historical (from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century) and multi-genre (poetry, short fiction, essay). Reading, discussion, and development of culminating project.
Spring 2018: Graduate Courses
French 203. Contemporary Francophone Literature
Lecture, three hours. Study of Francophone African, Caribbean, Vietnamese, or Quebec literatures and cultures, with specific attention to issues of cultural contact, language, colonialism, anticolonialism, nationalism, resistance and dissidence, and postcolonial theory. S/U or letter grading.
French 207. Studies in History of Ideas
Seminar, three hours. Particular problems in French literature and ideas. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.