Courses

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.

Winter 2018: Language Courses

French 1. Elementary French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. P/NP or letter grading.

French 2. Elementary French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 1 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 3. Elementary French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, five hours. Enforced requisite: course 2 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 4. Intermediate French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 3 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 5. Intermediate French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 4 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 6. Intermediate French

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 5 with grade of C- or better. P/NP or letter grading.

French 104. Theory and Correction of Diction

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 6. People all over the world appreciate the beauty of the French language, yet French is difficult to pronounce and few students of the language feel confident about their pronunciation. In FR104, you will be given tools to improve your French pronunciation and overall fluency. We’ll study individual French sounds (vowels, consonants and semi-vowels), as well as its prosody including its rhythm, intonation, and phrasing. P/NP or letter grading.

French 107. Advanced Oral Expression

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. FR107 is designed to improve your French oral fluency. Successful communication in French entails not only linguistic accuracy, but your ability to discuss topics of interest to French speakers and to understand fluent French speech. In this course, you will improve your presentational and conversational language as well as your listening comprehension. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2018: Courses in English

French 14W. Introduction to French Culture and Civilization in English

Instructor: Sara Melzer

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 14. Contemporary French Culture. One of the difficult aspects of studying French culture is that we expect France to mirror us since they, like us, are a modern Western democratic nation. We expect them to have a similar notion of democracy, with similar values. In many instances, they do not. How can we understand their differences?– This course will explore several controversial issues that Americans do not understand so that we gain greater insight into France and also see our own culture through foreign eyes. Satisfies GE and Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

French 19. Buddhism and Art of Living Mindfully in Present

Instructor: Sara Melzer

Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

Based on Buddhist tradition, mindful awareness is science of soul that has recently gained increasing importance in West. Scientific research has shown how this practice improves attention, reduces stress, boosts immune system, reduces depression, and promotes general sense of health and well-being. Study combines experiential and intellectual knowledge to introduce basic principles of Buddhist mindfulness. In this practice, we pay attention–on purpose, in present moment, and non-judgmentally–to unfolding of experience, moment by moment. By living fully in present, we allow ourselves to see world more fully as it is. This practice opens us up to vastness of worlds we already inhabit, but did not appreciate. It is a surprisingly simple practice and yet it is also difficult. Students develop daily mindfulness practice and read Buddha’s writings. Exploration of how mindfulness helps cultivate sharper intellectual, creative, and emotional power in our daily lives.

French 60. French and Francophone Novel

Instructor: Stephen Werner

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Study of literary masterpieces produced by writers from France and Francophone world (Canada, Africa, Caribbean, etc.) from 17th to early 21st century. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2018: Courses in French

French 12. Introduction to Study of French and Francophone Literature

Instructor: Ariane Helou

Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 6. Principles of literary analysis as applied to selected texts in poetry, theater, and prose by French and Francophone writers. P/NP or letter grading.

French 100. Written Expression: Techniques of Description and Narration

Instructor: Ariane Helou

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. In this course, you will develop your written skills in order to express yourself and argue a position in a clear and elegant style. You will write explanatory as well as argumentative essays. You will learn how to grab your reader’s interest, how to defend an argument, and how to properly conclude a text. We will read texts about contemporary issues to examine how the author presents his/her ideas, and how he/she defends them. We will review specific grammar structures to help you refine your writing. P/NP or letter grading.

French 101. Advanced Expository Writing: Techniques of Argumentation

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 100. In this course, you will develop your written skills in order to express yourself and argue a position in a clear and elegant style. You will write explanatory as well as argumentative essays. You will learn how to grab your reader’s interest, how to defend an argument, and how to properly conclude a text. We will read texts about contemporary issues to examine how the author presents his/her ideas, and how he/she defends them. We will review specific grammar structures to help you refine your writing. P/NP or letter grading.

French 108. Advanced Practical Translation

Instructor: Patrick Coleman

Lecture, three hours. Requisites: courses 100, 101. This course focuses on the linguistic skills required for correct and idiomatic translation. The primary focus is on translation from French to English, but we will also spend the last few weeks on some English to French translation so that students can arrive at a better feel for the differences in the ways the two languages work. We will work with a wide range of contemporary texts, from advertisements to literary fiction. P/NP or letter grading.

French 114C. Survey of French Literature: 19th and 20th Centuries

Instructor: Stephen Werner

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 12. Study of major literary movements and writers of period, including works by Hugo, Baudelaire, Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert, Zola, Gide, Proust, Sartre, Robbe-Grillet, and Duras. P/NP or letter grading.

French 115. Studies in Medieval French Culture and Literature

Instructor: Jean-Claude Carron

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Taught in French. Ce cours portera sur ce que l’on appelle la Renaissance du Xlle siècle, siècle de profonds changements politiques, économiques industriels, religiux, philosophiques, artistiques, musicaux et littéraires. Nous nous intéresserons au renouveau architectural que représentent les cathédrales gothiques ainsi qu’à l’invention de l’amour dit courtois (courtly love) par les troubadours et à son évolution dans les romans de la légende arthurienne (Tristan et Yseut, Chrétien de Troyes, etc.) P/NP or letter grading.

French 119. Studies in 19th-Century French Culture and Literature

Instructor: Stephen Werner

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Taught in French. Study of 19th-century French culture and literature, including Romanticism, generation of 1848, naturalism and symbolism, and genres and trends from 1885 through World War I. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

French 121. Studies in Francophone Cultures and Literatures

Instructor: Alain Mabanckou

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Taught in French. Study of Francophone cultures and literatures, including works by poets, playwrights, and novelists from Caribbean, North Africa, Quebec, and sub-Saharan Africa, immigrant narratives, and colonialism and postcolonial studies. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

French 136. French and Francophone Autobiography

Instructor: Lia Brozgal

Lecture, three hours. Taught in French.Le cinéma autobiographique est un genre mal-défini et complexe. Dans ce cours, nous nous penchons sur les différentes manifestations de ce genre, dont l’autofiction, l’autoportrait, l’auto-documentaire. Nous chercherons à nomer les différentes démarches d’autorépresentation, et à comprendre les enejux de cette forme particulière de misè-en-scene du <<moi>>. Les films (Truffaut, Godard, Malle, Varda, Djebar, Assays, etc.) seront accompagnés de textes critiques; de matière para-et épi-textuelle (entretiens avec realisateurs, dossiers <<making of,>> commentaires); et de textes théoriques sur le cinema, l’autobiographie, et les pratiques d’ autoreprésentation visuelle. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2018: Graduate Courses

French 218. Enlightenment

Instructor: Malina Stefanovska

Lecture, three hours. Readings in 18th-century French literature and thought: novels, satires, plays, and other key Enlightenment “philosophies.” Letter grading.

French 220. 20th Century

Instructor: Lia Brozgal

Lecture, three hours. Overview, both historical and analytical, of 20th-century French literature set in context of several key critical topics that interrogate canonical interpretation. Letter grading.