Course Descriptions

French, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies

FREN: French

After successfully completing French courses at the 200-level or above, students can no longer take 100-level French courses for credit. FREN 220, 221, 222 and 223 must be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor and Major programs.


FREN 102 (3) Beginner's French I
For the complete beginner. Grammar, composition, reading, and oral practice. Students who have completed French 12 cannot normally receive credit for FREN 102. If French 12 was completed more than four years ago or with a grade lower than 65%, a student may seek approval from the Department of Critical Studies to receive credit for this course. [1-0-2] or [3-0-0]
FREN 103 (3) Beginner's French II
For students who have completed French 11 or equivalent. Students taking this course are expected to have a basic understanding of French grammar. Grammar, composition, reading, and oral practice. Students who have completed French 12 cannot normally receive credit for FREN 103. If French 12 was completed more than four years ago or with a grade lower than 65%, a student may seek approval from the Department of Critical Studies to receive credit for this course. [1-0-2] or [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of French 11, FREN 102 or equivalent.
FREN 104 (3) Beginner's French III
A continuation of FREN 103. Students who have completed French 12 cannot normally receive credit for FREN 104. If French 12 was completed more than four years ago or with a grade lower than 65%, a student may seek approval from the Department of Critical Studies to receive credit for this course. [1-0-2] or [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 103 or equivalent.
FREN 115 (3) First-Year Oral French Practice I
Emphasizes oral communicative proficiency in French. Students are required to give oral presentations and actively participate in various group activities designed to improve vocabulary as well as oral and aural fluency. Students are required to complete individual and group assignments outside of scheduled class hours. Not suitable for Francophones or students who have completed French 12 Immersion. [3-1-0]
Prerequisite: One of FREN 104, French 12.
FREN 122 (3) Contemporary French Language and Literature I
A review of French grammar and an introduction to contemporary literature written in French, with emphasis on essay writing and textual analysis. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of FREN 104, French 12.
FREN 123 (3) Contemporary French Language and Literature II
Continuation of FREN 122. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 122.
FREN 215 (3) Second-Year Oral French Practice II
Consists of conversational and listening comprehension activities, review of grammar, and vocabulary expansion exercises. Students will be expected to participate actively in group activities and to give frequent oral presentations. Not suitable for Francophones. [3-1-0]
Prerequisite: One of FREN 115, FREN 123 or French 12 Immersion.
FREN 220 (3) French Literature and Textual Analysis I
An introduction to literary analysis and academic writing through the study of representative works from the Middle Ages to the seventeenth century. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 123.
FREN 221 (3) French Literature and Textual Analysis II
An introduction to literary analysis and academic writing through the study of representative works from the eighteenth century to the present. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 123.
FREN 222 (3) Studies in French Language and Style I
Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 123.
FREN 223 (3) Studies in French Language and Style II
Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 222.
FREN 299 (3/9) d French Literatures in Translation
Topics will focus on specific periods, genres, or regions. Not available for credit towards the Major or Minor in French. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: 6 credits of 100-level ENGL.
FREN 330 (3) Quebecois Literature
Study of Quebec literature through a number of characteristic works from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 223 and one of FREN 220, FREN 221.
Corequisite: FREN 353.
FREN 338 (3) French Civilization
Critical approach to French civilization considered in a broad cultural context. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 223 and one of FREN 220, FREN 221.
FREN 344 (3) Techniques of Oral Expression in French I
Training in formal oral presentation in French. Emphasis on structured expression and oral delivery. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 215 and FREN 223.
FREN 345 (3) Techniques of Oral Expression in French II
Further training in formal oral presentation in French. Emphasis on structured expression and oral delivery. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 215 and FREN 223.
FREN 353 (3) French Grammar
Systematic study of the fundamental principles of French grammar. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 223. with a score of 65% or higher.
FREN 355 (3) Advanced Composition
Development of essay writing skills in French. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353.
FREN 357 (3) Translation I
Comparative study of French and English through translation. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 223.
FREN 360 (3) The Body in French Literature: 1100-1800
Representations of the body as a focus to the study of literary movements and genres in French literature. Selected works of fiction, drama, and poetry from the middle ages to the end of the eighteenth century are discussed in their historical and literary context. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 223 and one of FREN 220, FREN 221.
Corequisite: FREN 353.
FREN 362 (3) Selected Topics in French Literature II
Studies specific literary movements and genres through the textual analysis of selected works (fiction, drama, and poetry) taken from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The historical and literary backgrounds of the works selected are discussed. Credit will only be granted for only one of FREN 362 or CULT 362. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 223 and one of FREN 220, FREN 221.
Corequisite: FREN 353.
Equivalency: CULT 362.
FREN 380 (3) Selected Studies in French
Intensive examination of selected topics in French or French language, literature, culture, and linguistics. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 223 and one of FREN 220, FREN 221.
FREN 407 (3) Studies in Medieval French Literature
Literary texts from the eleventh to the fifteenth century. Topics may include the epic, Tristan texts, Arthurian texts, the short narrative, satirical texts, religious drama, secular drama, lyric poetry, didactic poetry, Francois Villon. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 408 (3) Studies in French Literature of the 16th Century
Topics may include works by Rabelais, Montaigne, Sceve, Labe, Ronsard, and DuBellay. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 419 (3) Studies in Women's Writing
[3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 420 (3-9) d Selected Topics in French Literature and Culture
Topics vary each time the course is offered. May be taken up to three times for a total of 9 credits. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 421 (3) For Adults Only: Fairy Tales in 17th & 18th Century France
Examines some of the most popular fairy tales of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France. It will focus on gendered constructions of the Merveilleux by comparing thematic and stylistic elements of Perrault's tales with those of the conteuses. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 427 (3) Studies in Cinema
[3-0-3*]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 430 (3) Qu?b?cois Poetry
Examines works from selected Qu?b?cois poets from the nineteenth century to the present. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 435 (3) Critical Approaches to French Studies
Examination of critical approaches crucial to the definition of French literature and culture from the late nineteenth century to the twenty-first century. Taught in French. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 439 (3) Female Voice in 17th & 18th Century French Novels
Examines women's narratives in epistolary texts drawn from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century France. It explores the ways by which women manipulate this genre to express their own voices. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 444 (3) French for Work: Professional Oral Performance
Oral expressions, such as academic and professional presentations, debates, and public speaking. Exposure to regional and foreign French accents through a selection of audiovisual material. Of use to students pursuing careers in teaching or international relations, or applying for graduate programs in French. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) FREN 344 or (b) FREN 345; and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 446 (3) French for Play: Creative Oral Performance
French vocabulary and pronunciation. Participation in creative and literary oral performances, works or segments taken from a selection of fables, fairytales, and comedies. Exposure to regional and foreign accents through a selection of audiovisual material. Of use to students pursuing teaching careers or contemplating graduate programs in French. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: Either (a) FREN 344 or (b) FREN 345; and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 453 (3) Advanced Grammar
Study of advanced grammatical structures and their applications in context. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: A score of 65% or higher in FREN 353.
FREN 458 (3) Translation I: French to English
Covers comparative French and English stylistics and translation, primarily from French to English. Different translation methods and basic terminology in comparative stylistics. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 357.
FREN 459 (3) Translation II: English to French
Covers comparative French and English stylistics and translation, primarily from English into French. Different translation methods and basic terminology in comparative stylistics. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 357.
FREN 460 (3) 17th-Century French Tragedy
French classical tragedies through works of Corneille and Racine. Aesthetic and political forces that helped shape these plays will be examined as well as the relationship between theatre and political power. Works will be studied in their socio-historical context and using current literary criticism. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating European visual representations of Baroque and Classical aesthetics to assist with comprehension and analysis of texts. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 461 (3) 17th- and 18th-Century French Comedy
Explores French comedies through a selection of works by authors such as Moli?re, Lesage, Marivaux, and Beaumarchais. Examines the aesthetic and political forces that shaped these plays, as well as the relationships between comedy and the representation of class and gender. Plays will be studied in their socio-historical context and approached using current literary criticism. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 330, FREN 360, FREN 362.
FREN 480 (3/6) c Directed Studies
Directed readings and/or research in a clearly defined area of French literature, culture, or language, and the writing of a substantive assignment. The student and the faculty member will work in French.
Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing. Students must have a minimum of 76% average in all upper-level FREN courses and a minimum of 15 credits of upper-level FREN. Permission of both the department and the supervising faculty member required.

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