Courses Offered Next Quarter

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 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 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.

Winter 2018: Courses in English

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 14. Introduction to French Culture and Civilization in English

Instructor: Sara Melzer

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 14W. Study of contemporary French institutions and issues in cultural, political, and socioeconomic realms. P/NP or letter grading.

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.

French 164. French and Francophone Novel in Translation

Instructor: Lia Brozgal

Lecture, three hours. Study of French novels. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

French 167. French and Francophone Intellectual History in Translation

Instructor: Varies

Lecture, three hours. Readings of French and Francophone writers, historians, and thinkers. May be repeated for credit with topic change. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2018: Courses in French

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.

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 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: Patrick Coleman

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.

French 375. Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Instructor: Kimberly Jansma

Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

French 596. Directed Individual Studies or Research

Instructor: Varies

Tutorial, to be arranged. S/U or letter grading.