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French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, Faculty of Arts

FREN: French

Within the Pre-requisites, CEFR refers to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR is a reference tool developed by the Council of Europe to provide a common basis for the development of modern-language curriculum guidelines, examinations, textbooks, etc. Please contact the Department Advisor (French) with questions at fhis.ubc.ca. All French courses titled "Studies in ....", as well as FREN 348, FREN 349, FREN 495 and FREN 498, may be taken twice for credit with different content, to a maximum of 6 credits.


FREN 101 (3) Beginners' French I
Basic vocabulary, the rudiments of grammar and familiarization with cultures of the French-speaking world. This course is aligned with level A1 objectives of the CEFR.
FREN 102 (3) Beginners' French II
A continuation of FREN 101. This course is aligned with level A1 objectives of the CEFR.
Prerequisite: FREN 101.
FREN 124 (3) Keeping Up Your French
Task-based entry-level course for non-specialists. Credits from this course may not count towards a Major or Minor in French, nor as prerequisite to subsequent core courses in French.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 12, FREN 112 or equivalent.
FREN 201 (3) Elementary French I
Continued improvement in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course is aligned with level A2 objectives of the CEFR.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 11, FREN 102 or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 202 (3) Elementary French II
A continuation of FREN 201. This course aligned with level A2 objectives of the CEFR.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 111, FREN 201 or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 215 (6) Oral French Practice
Opportunities for students already well-grounded in grammar to improve their oral skills. Credit will be granted for only one of FREN 215 or FREN 224 and FREN 225.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 123, FREN 124.
FREN 220 (3) Introduction to Early French Literature and to Textual Analysis
Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program.
Prerequisite: FREN 123 or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 221 (3) Introduction to Modern Literature written in French and to Textual Analysis
Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the 18th century to the present, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program.
Prerequisite: FREN 123 or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 222 (3) French Language and Style I
Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context.
Prerequisite: FREN 123. Or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 223 (3) French Language and Style II
Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context.
Prerequisite: FREN 222. Or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 280 (3) Introduction to Quebecois Literature Literature and Culture (in English)
An introduction to the historical, political and cultural contexts that influenced the development of literature and culture in Quebec.
FREN 301 (3) Intermediate French I
Refinement of reading, writing and speaking skills through the study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents of the French-speaking world. This course is aligned with level B1 objectives of the CEFR.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 12, FREN 112, FREN 202 or assignment bsed on placement test.
FREN 302 (3) Intermediate French II
A continuation of FREN 301. This course is aligned with level B1 objectives of the CEFR.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 122, FREN 301 or assignment based on placement.
FREN 311 (3) Introduction to Literature in French
Critical reading of foundational literary texts in French from genres of prose fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and theatre.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 123, FREN 302 or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 321 (3) Critical Writing
Practical tools for university-level writing in French. Apply stylistic devices and rhetorical structures to form questions and arguments, analyse literary and cultural objects, and produce a variety of essay genres.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221, FREN 311.
FREN 328 (3) Selected Works of African and Caribbean Literature
Representative works from different genres, viewed in their historical, social, and cultural contexts.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221.
FREN 329 (3) Selected Works of European French Literature
Representative works viewed in their historical, social, and cultural contexts.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221.
FREN 330 (3) Introduction to Quebec Literature
Survey of representative literary texts from Quebec viewed in their historical, social, and cultural contexts.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221, FREN 311 and one of FREN 224, FREN 401.
FREN 331 (3) Arts, Cultures and Society from the Middle Ages to the Revolution
Exploration of early French culture and literature from the Middle Ages to the close of the Early Modern period and the French Revolution; the impact of society on the arts and vice versa.
Prerequisite: FREN 311 and one of FREN 224, FREN 401.
FREN 333 (3) French Civilization I
A historically based approach to French civilization and culture from their origins to the Third Republic (1875).
Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221, FREN 223. Or permission of the instructor.
FREN 334 (3) French Civilization II
A historically based approach to French civilization and culture from the Third Republic to the present, completed by a thematic study of contemporary French culture.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221, FREN 223 or permission of the instructor.
FREN 335 (3) French-Canadian Civilization
A thematic approach to selected topics in French-Canadian culture and civilization.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221, FREN 223 or permission of the instructor.
FREN 336 (3) The Francophone World in Images
A socio-cultural study of francophone communities of Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and North and Sub-Saharan Africa as seen through their films and other visual forms.
Prerequisite: FREN 223.
FREN 341 (3) Arts, Cultures and Society from Romanticism to the Present Day
Exploration of modern and contemporary French culture and literature from the early 19th century to the present day; the impact of society on the arts and vice versa.
Prerequisite: FREN 311 and one of FREN 224, FREN 401.
FREN 344 (3) Techniques of Oral Expression in French I
Training in formal oral presentation in French. Emphasis on structured expression and oral delivery. Not available for credit toward a Major or Honours Program in French.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 215, FREN 225. 68% or better in FREN 215 is recommended.
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. Not available for credit toward the Honours Program in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 344.
FREN 346 (3) French at Work
Communicative French for students preparing for a career in the francophone world. This course is aligned with the B1 objectives of the CEFR.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 123, FREN 302.
FREN 352 (3) French Grammar
Principles of grammar theory and contextualized French grammatical concepts. Emphasis on terminology and analysis of grammatical issues. Aligned with CEFR level B2 objectives.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 123, FREN 302 or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 353 (3) Advanced French Grammar
Advanced grammar theory and critical analysis of difficult French grammatical structures. Emphasis on autonomous examination of complex grammatical issues.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 223, FREN 352.
FREN 355 (3) Advanced Composition
Development of essay writing skills in French.
Prerequisite: FREN 223 or equivalent.
FREN 357 (3) Translation
Principles, practical strategies and methods of translation from French to English and English to French. Overview of the main challenges involved in intercultural communication.
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 370 (3) Introduction to French Linguistics
A survey of basic terminology, methods, problems, and theoretical trends in French linguistics, specifically designed to provide students with a foundation for advanced language study in French.
Prerequisite: Either (a) FREN 223 or (b) all of FREN 352, FREN 401.
FREN 371 (3) Introduction to French Literary Theory and Methodology
A survey of basic terminology, methods, problems, and theoretical trends in French literary criticism, specifically designed to provide students with a foundation for advanced study of literature in French.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221.
FREN 380 (3) Foundations of French Cultural Identity (in English)
Aspects of French culture through a set of key concepts that cut across French history, politics, and social structures. Not available for credit toward a Minor, Major or Honours program in French.
Prerequisite: Second-year standing.
FREN 401 (3) Upper-Intermediate French I
Communicative proficiency at an autonomous level: vocabulary enrichment, pronunciation practice, grammatical analysis and development of efficient reading and writing techniques. This course is aligned with level B2 objectives of the CEFR.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 123, FREN 302 or French Immersion 12, or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 402 (3) Upper-Intermediate French II
A continuation of FREN 401. This course is aligned with level B2 objectives of the CEFR.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 224, FREN 401 or assignment based on placement test.
FREN 407 (3) Medieval French Literature
Aesthetic and ideological trends of French-language literature of the Middle Ages (11th-15th centuries) in their historical context
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 408 (3) Renaissance: Studies in 16th-century French Literature
Aesthetic and ideological trends of sixteenth-century French literature in their historical context.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 409 (3) Ancients and Moderns: Studies in 17th-century French Literature
Aesthetic and ideological trends of seventeenth-century French literature in their historical context.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 410 (3) Enlightenment and Revolution: Studies in 18th-century French Literature
Aesthetic and ideological trends of eighteenth-century French literature in their historical context.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 413 (3) Tradition and Modernity: Studies in 19th-century French Literature
Aesthetic and ideological trends of nineteenth-century French literature in their historical context.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 414 (3) The Modern and Contemporary French Novel
Major historical, social and artistic movements reflected in representative novels published in France from the 19th Century to the present.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 415 (3) French Digital Culture
Contemporary issues and debates on how media and digital technologies have impacted French culture and society. Examines how text, language, and writing are used in digital media.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 416 (3) Contemporary French Literature and Culture
Aesthetic and ideological trends of twentieth- and twenty-first century French literature in their historical context.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 417 (3) Popular Fiction
Popular genres in modern French fiction, including science fiction, crime, romance, fantasy and historical fiction. Aesthetic characteristics, historical context and cultural relevance.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 418 (3) African and Caribbean Francophone Literatures
Representative and contemporary writings from African and Caribbean francophone cultures.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 419 (3) Women's Writing
Representative women's writings from the Middle Ages to the present; contemporary women's writings in the Francophone world.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 420 (3) Selected Topics in French Literature and Culture
Study of a literary or cultural topic that extends beyond one chronological period and/or place proper. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 423 (3/6) d Studies in Theatre
Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330.
FREN 424 (3/6) d Studies in Prose Fiction
Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330.
FREN 425 (3/6) d Studies in French Autobiography
Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330.
FREN 427 (3) French Cinema
Study of major past and contemporary French film productions.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 428 (3) Francophone Cinema
Study of major past and contemporary film productions from around the Francophone world.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 429 (3/6) d Studies in Non-fiction Prose
Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330.
FREN 430 (3) Quebec Literature and Culture
Study of representative aspects of Quebec literature and culture through the study of literary texts, films, and artistic productions in their historical context.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 440 (3) Francophonie: History and Current Debates
Historical origins, cultural and linguistic paradoxes of Francophonie.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 441 (3) Francophone Literatures and Cultures of North America
Forms of French language cultural expression in North America in their historical context. Discussion of issues around minority linguistic and cultural rights.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 442 (3) Cultures of the Francophone World
Forms of cultural expression of the Francophone world studied in their context. Regions may include the Americas, Africa, East Asia, Europe, Indian Ocean, Middle East, and/or the Pacific.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 443 (3) Postcolonial Studies
Interdisciplinary approaches to Postcolonial Studies through francophone literature and theory.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 450 (3) Old French
The phonetics, grammar, and vocabulary of major Old French dialects; corpus of various literary texts. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 223, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 451 (3) French Phonetics
Theory and practice of the sound system of the French language. Anatomy of speech production, sound discrimination, phonetic description and transcription.
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 455 (3) Creative Writing in French
Theory, techniques and practice of creative writing in French in a variety of genres.
Prerequisite: FREN 321 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 457 (3) Advanced Translation
Extensive practice in French-English and English-French translation of a wide range of texts and discourses, such as literary, legal, medical, administrative, commercial materials. Analysis of linguistic and cultural problems posed by translation of specialized material.
Prerequisite: FREN 357.
FREN 460 (3) History of the French Language
Overview of the development of the French language from its Latin roots to its modern forms. Examination of the internal and external factors which brought about changes in its phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis.
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 470 (3) Studies in Modern French Linguistics
Current topics in French linguistics. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: All of FREN 353, FREN 370.
Corequisite: FREN 370 may be taken concurrently with the permission of the instructor.
FREN 472 (3) Morphology and Syntax of the French Language
Analytical principles pertaining to the study of words and word-stems (morphology), and phrases and sentences (syntax) in written and spoken French.
Prerequisite: All of FREN 353, FREN 370.
Corequisite: FREN 370 may be taken concurrently with the permission of the instructor.
FREN 473 (3) Syntactic Description of the French Language
The syntactic markings of French (word order, agreement, pronominalisation, etc) and their underlying semantic systems.
Prerequisite: All of FREN 353, FREN 370.
Corequisite: FREN 353 and 370 may be taken concurrently with the permission of the instructor.
FREN 474 (3) Lexicology and Semantics of the French Language
Study of the vocabulary of modern French, focusing on basic principles in lexical semantics, lexicology, phraseology, lexicography, terminology and new technologies, neology.
Prerequisite: All of FREN 353, FREN 370.
Corequisite: FREN 370 may be taken concurrently with the permission of the instructor.
FREN 475 (3) Canadian French: A Descriptive Approach
The phonetics, phonology, lexicon, and syntax of spoken and written Canadian French.
Prerequisite: All of FREN 351, FREN 353, FREN 370.
Corequisite: FREN 351 may be taken concurrently with the permission of the instructor.
FREN 476 (3) French Language and Societies
Study of language in its social context, covering aspects of sociolinguistics within and across the French-speaking communities of the world.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 477 (3) Contemporary Varieties of French
Study of the different varieties (or dialects) of contemporary French and issues related to French-speaking communities around the world.
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and one of FREN 353, FREN 225.
FREN 480 (3) French Theory
Core ideas of French theorists. Influence of French theory on the social sciences and humanities, focusing on Marxism, feminism, structuralism, deconstruction, postmodernism and postcolonialism.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 481 (3/6) d Studies in Literature and the Arts
Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330.
FREN 482 (3/6) d Studies in Literature and Philosophy
Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330.
FREN 483 (3/6) d Studies in Literature and History
Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330.
FREN 484 (3) History of the Book
A historical approach to the social transformations of the book trade in France.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 485 (3) Early Encounters: Travel Literature and Colonial Writing in French
Narratives of travel and exploration in French before 1800 and their relationship to colonization, knowledge production and representations of the self and others.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 402, FREN 225.
FREN 495 (3) Research Seminar in French Literature and Culture
Research on critical topics related to French literature and culture. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: One of FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329 and one of FREN 225, FREN 402.
FREN 496 (3) Research Seminar in French Language and Linguistics
Research on critical topics related to French language and linguistics. Consult the Department for this year's offerings.
Prerequisite: FREN 353 and FREN 370.
FREN 498 (3) Directed Reading
Focus on a topic to be agreed upon by a member of the faculty and the student. Permission of the department head and of a supervisory faculty member is required.
Prerequisite: 4th year standing
FREN 499 (3) Honours Essay
FREN 501 (3/6) c Studies in Medieval French Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 502 (3/6) c Studies in Sixteenth-Century French Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 503 (3/6) d Studies in Seventeenth-Century French Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 506 (3/6) d Studies in Eighteenth-Century French Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 507 (3/6) c Studies in the French Enlightenment
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 509 (3/6) d Studies in the Nineteenth-Century French Novel
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 510 (3/6) d Studies in Nineteenth-Century French Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 511 (3/6) d Studies in Contemporary French Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 512 (3/6) d Studies in Literary Criticism
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 513 (3/6) d Studies in French-Canadian Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 514 (3/6) d Studies in the French Novel
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 515 (3) Bibliography and Research Methods
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 519 (3/6) d Studies in Old French
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 520 (3-12) d Special Topics in French Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 521 (3/6) d Studies in Francophone Literatures and Cultures
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 540 (3-6) d Studies in French Stylistics
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 556 (3-12) d Studies in French Language and Linguistics
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 561 (3-6) d Studies in French Morpho-Syntax
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 566 (3/6) d Studies in French Semantics
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 576 (3-6) d Studies in French Dialectology
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 578 (3/6) d Studies in Romance Philology
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 599 (6) Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
FREN 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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