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 UCLA Department of French and Francophone Studies


Spring 2017 Course Offerings




 Please Note: French 5 is an enforced requirement to enroll in all upper-division courses.


Courses in French

French 12: Introduction to the study of French and Francophone literature.
Prof. L. Denié
This course will introduce students to principles of literary analysis. Students will learn to use literary terms to conduct an analysis of a work of fiction in French. The course starts by studying poetry, then theater and finally prose. At the end of the course, students will have a set of tools allowing them to write a literary analysis.  IN FRENCH.

French 100: Written expression: techniques of description and narration.
Prof. A.. Haddix
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. IN FRENCH.

French 101 Advance expository writing.
Prof. K. Jansma
Requisite: course 100. Study of rhetorical devices and revision of related grammatical structures. Writing assignments follow analysis of relevant texts. IN FRENCH.

French 105: Structure of French.
Prof. K. Jansma
Introduction to linguistic analysis of French in areas of phonology, morphology, syntax, and language variation. Prior background in linguistics not required. IN FRENCH.

French 116 Studies in Renaissance French Culture and Literature.
Prof. J.-C. Carron
“Paris VAUT BIEN UNE MESSE”: Reformation in the years of the Renaissance in France
When converting from Protestantism to Catholicism, Huguenot King Henry IV France would have said: “Paris is well worth a mass.” This apocryphal pronouncement is considered having ended three quarter of a century of religious struggle in France, a period that also coincides with the Renaissance. In this course, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Reformation, we will study the impact on French literature, arts, culture, and society of the Lutheran and Calvinist religious “uprising.” We will read texts by Luther, Marot, Marguerite de Navarre, Rabelais, Calvin, Ronsard, Montaigne, and more. The course will also include film screenings, including “La Reine Margot” (“Queen Margot”). IN FRENCH.

French 191B: Capstone seminar (Open to French Majors in their last Spring Term/Year of studies. The course is offered only once a year in the Spring.).
Prof. S. Melzer
The capstone experience provides students with a unique opportunity to work closely with a faculty member on a focused topic of research.  The seminar is thematically devised to reflect current trends in the discipline, introduce students to a focused area of research, and engage them in presentations and discussions. Students are expected to give a formal class report and write a research paper demonstrating language proficiency, critical and creative thinking, analytical skills and a cultural perspective. IN FRENCH.



Courses in English

French 16: Society and Self in Early Modern France. GE COURSE.
Prof. S. Melzer
Taming the Beast Within: Encounters with Diversity in Early Modern France.
In 1492, a hitherto unknown continent was suddenly “discovered” for the Europeans. This “New World” was populated by people Europeans referred to as “savages.” To colonize parts of North and South America, the French State and Church offered dowries to encourage the French to marry the Amerindians. They also promoted mixed communal living arrangements and sought to have French families adopt Amerindian children. -- The course will use this historical “discovery” as a lens through which to understand the early modern era. The French encounter with the American Indians and people all over the globe raised questions about how the French nation sought to understand those peoples who were different from themselves. In turn, it raised questions about the key values of the French nation – and questions of how to deal with diversity. What if all nations descended from the beasts? What implications would this have for civil society? Readings will include: Pascal, Descartes, Montesquieu, and Rousseau. 

French 142: Francophone Cinema.
Prof. D. Thomas
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.