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The French program is located in SDU Main Building.
(902) 628-4353

The Department of Modern Languages provides courses for several categories of students: for persons with little or no French, for those who have had French through high school, and for students who are fluent in French through residence, or through family, etc. A placement test must be taken prior to the beginning of classes to confirm the level at which these students should register.

Placement tests are administered through the Modern Languages department website, or on a paper version administered in the Department office to ensure that students are registered in courses according to their abilities.

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REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN FRENCH

  1. A major consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours of French.
  2. French 241 and French 242 are required courses.
  3. At least 24 semester hours must be taken from upper-level courses above 242.
  4. In the case of students transferring credits for courses taken elsewhere at least 6 semester hours at the upper level must be taken at UPEI.

ELECTIVES

Students must include at least 12 semester hours in a modern language or modern languages other than French. In addition to the University’s requirement of  one of UPEI 101, UPEI 102, or UPEI 103 and one writing intensive course, they should also include courses in History and Philosophy. Students should discuss these courses or other alternatives with the Chair of Modern Languages as early as possible.

 

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REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN FRENCH

  1. A minor in French consists of 21 semester hours of courses.
  2. French 241 and French 242 are required courses.
  3. At least 9 semester hours must be taken from among upper-level courses above French 242.
  4. In the case of students transferring credits for courses taken elsewhere, at least 6 semester hours at the upper level must be taken at UPEI.
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(902) 628-4353
  • Carlo Lavoie (Chair) - Associate Professor
  • Sanda Badescu - Associate Professor
  • Scott Lee - Associate Professor
Overview

The Department of Modern Languages provides courses for several categories of students: for persons with little or no French, for those who have had French through high school, and for students who are fluent in French through residence, or through family, etc. A placement test must be taken prior to the beginning of classes to confirm the level at which these students should register.

Placement tests are administered through the Modern Languages department website, or on a paper version administered in the Department office to ensure that students are registered in courses according to their abilities.

Major

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN FRENCH

  1. A major consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours of French.
  2. French 241 and French 242 are required courses.
  3. At least 24 semester hours must be taken from upper-level courses above 242.
  4. In the case of students transferring credits for courses taken elsewhere at least 6 semester hours at the upper level must be taken at UPEI.

ELECTIVES

Students must include at least 12 semester hours in a modern language or modern languages other than French. In addition to the University’s requirement of  one of UPEI 101, UPEI 102, or UPEI 103 and one writing intensive course, they should also include courses in History and Philosophy. Students should discuss these courses or other alternatives with the Chair of Modern Languages as early as possible.

 

Minor

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN FRENCH

  1. A minor in French consists of 21 semester hours of courses.
  2. French 241 and French 242 are required courses.
  3. At least 9 semester hours must be taken from among upper-level courses above French 242.
  4. In the case of students transferring credits for courses taken elsewhere, at least 6 semester hours at the upper level must be taken at UPEI.
Faculty
  • Carlo Lavoie (Chair) - Associate Professor
  • Sanda Badescu - Associate Professor
  • Scott Lee - Associate Professor

Overview

The Department of Modern Languages provides courses for several categories of students: for persons with little or no French, for those who have had French through high school, and for students who are fluent in French through residence, or through family, etc. A placement test must be taken prior to the beginning of classes to confirm the level at which these students should register.

Placement tests are administered through the Modern Languages department website, or on a paper version administered in the Department office to ensure that students are registered in courses according to their abilities.

Major

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN FRENCH

  1. A major consists of a minimum of 42 semester hours of French.
  2. French 241 and French 242 are required courses.
  3. At least 24 semester hours must be taken from upper-level courses above 242.
  4. In the case of students transferring credits for courses taken elsewhere at least 6 semester hours at the upper level must be taken at UPEI.

ELECTIVES

Students must include at least 12 semester hours in a modern language or modern languages other than French. In addition to the University’s requirement of  one of UPEI 101, UPEI 102, or UPEI 103 and one writing intensive course, they should also include courses in History and Philosophy. Students should discuss these courses or other alternatives with the Chair of Modern Languages as early as possible.

 

Minor

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN FRENCH

  1. A minor in French consists of 21 semester hours of courses.
  2. French 241 and French 242 are required courses.
  3. At least 9 semester hours must be taken from among upper-level courses above French 242.
  4. In the case of students transferring credits for courses taken elsewhere, at least 6 semester hours at the upper level must be taken at UPEI.

Faculty

  • Carlo Lavoie (Chair) - Associate Professor
  • Sanda Badescu - Associate Professor
  • Scott Lee - Associate Professor
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Course Level: 
100 Level
Courses: 

COURSE SEQUENCES AND RESTRICTIONS

Students may not reverse the sequence of any courses taken from French 101 to French 242.

101 FRENCH I
This course takes the student from the most elementary vocabulary to an ability to function adequately in simple everyday situations. The concentration is on aural/oral skills.
PREREQUISITE:  French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

102 FRENCH II
This course is a continuation of French 101.
PREREQUISITE: French 101 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

121 FRENCH III
This course is designed for students who have completed (or almost completed) the high school French core program, for those who have completed 102, or those who are placed into the course through the Placement Test. All major grammar points are covered, with an emphasis on both written and oral expression.
PREREQUISITE: French 102 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

122 FRENCH IV
This course is a continuation of French 121.
PREREQUISITE: French 121 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

 

Course Level: 
200 Level
Courses: 

COURSE SEQUENCES AND RESTRICTIONS

Students may not reverse the sequence of any courses taken from French 101 to French 242.

209 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Modern Languages at the 200 level.

211 FRENCH V
This course is a detailed review of all areas of French grammar.
It is designed for students who have completed the high school French Immersion Program or French 122, or who have been identified through the Placement Test.
PREREQUISITE: French 121 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab 

212 FRENCH VI
This course is a continuation of French 211.
PREREQUISITE: French 211 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

221 LANGUE ET LECTURES I
This course is designed for students who have completed the high school French Immersion Program, or who have completed 212, or who are placed into the course through the Placement Test. This course entails a detailed and accelerated study of all areas of French grammar, accompanied by analysis of short texts.
PREREQUISITE:  French 212 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

222 LANGUE ET LECTURES II
This course is a continuation of French 221.
PREREQUISITE: French 221 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

UPPER-LEVEL COURSES

NOTE: Only three or four upper-level courses per semester are offered. For courses offered each year check the timetable.

241 FRENCH COMPOSITION AND ANALYSIS I
This course is designed for students who have completed French 222, or who have been placed into it through the Placement Test. The aim of this course is to improve writing skills through an advanced analysis of both French grammar and short literary and critical texts. Various writing tasks such as the portrait, description, narration, letter-writing, and critical analysis of literary texts are practiced.
PREREQUISITE:  French 222 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

242 FRENCH COMPOSITION AND ANALYSIS II
This course is a continuation of French 241.
PREREQUISITE: French 241 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

251 INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LITERATURE
This course is a survey of the dominant movements and major authors of French literature. It comprises lectures in simple French and readings of the representative passages chosen for their literary importance and their accessibility.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

252 LE FRANÇAIS DES AFFAIRES
This course is oriented towards French oral and written communication in the business setting. The world of business is examined from the angle of its vocabulary related to job searches, the C.V., administrative and commercial correspondence, as well as communication as it is used in and outside of the workplace. PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

261 INTRODUCTION  Á L’EDUCATION EN FRANÇAIS AU CANADA
(See Education 213)
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

Course Level: 
300 Level
Courses: 

While the progression of courses is normally from the 300-level to the 400-level, there is no difference in the level of difficulty, and the available timetable in any given year may involve taking 400-level courses before 300-level courses.

309 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Modern Languages at the 300 level.

311 ADVANCED WRITING
This course is an upper-level grammar course designed for students who already have a good knowledge of French. It focuses on the acquisition of practical knowledge and skills to improve writing in specific contexts such as essays, activity reports, summaries, CVs, etc. The course covers various types of writing and, at the same time, reviews important basics essential for good writing in French.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

312 COMMENT LE DIRE ET L’ÉCRIRE? LE FRANÇAIS ET SES VARIÉTÉS
This upper-level course, designed for students who have a good knowledge of French, focuses on the construction of the French language norm and variations through different contexts, times, and places. Topics include the origins of the French language; the differences between French spoken and written in Acadia, Québec, France, and other regions of the Francophonie, and why there are these differences; archaisms, regionalisms, and neologisms; and how context affects our way of speaking or writing. The study of linguistic variation and the construction and functioning of standard French helps students better understand their own speaking and writing skills and assists them in enunciating their ideas.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

313 LITTÉRATURE FRANÇAISE CONTEMPORAINE I
This course is a study of the leading writers and movements and the historical and social changes which influenced them up to the outbreak  of the Second World War.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

321 XIXe SIÈCLE: 1800-1850
This course consists of a study of what has traditionally been known as the Romantic period (1800-1850) in French literature, illustrated by authors such as Chateaubriand, Musset, Hugo, Nerval, and Sand. However, other literary figures of the period such as Stendhal, Balzac, Gautier, Mérimée, whose works (by turns realist, fantastic, or a hybrid mixture of diverse influences) resist easy classification, are also studied.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

322 XIXe SIÈCLE: 1850-1900
This study of French literature focuses on the second half of the nineteenth-century. The main themes and trends of realism, naturalism and symbolism are studied through texts by authors such as Flaubert, les Goncourt, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Zola.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

333 XVIIIe SIÈCLE: L’AGE DES LUMIERES I
This course provides an introduction to the French literary world of the XVIIIth century, from 1715 to 1750, with emphasis on the historical and political context which led to the age of Enlightenment, as well as on the study of various works of prose and drama produced by famous authors of the time, such as Montesquieu, Diderot, Marivaux and l’Abbé Prévost.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

334 XVIIIe SIÈCLE: L’AGE DES LUMIERES II
As a continuation of 333, this course focuses on the literary productions of the second half of the century, with emphasis on the critical and philosophical aspects of the works selected, as well as on the development of a pre-romantic sensibility towards the end of that period.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

338 INTRODUCTION à la SOCIÉTÉ QUÉBÉCOISE
This course discusses the history and more specifically the culture of Québec. Students examine social productions of Québec throughout history: politics, the family, language, the arts, literature, the educational system, ideologies, fétes, etc. The course is accompanied by a multimedia presentation including a multitude of images, videos, and films.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

339 THÉÂTRE CANADIEN-FRANÇAIS
This course proposes an introduction to theatrical production in French Canada from its origins to the present day. Questions to be discussed include: the representation of history, cultural appropriations, dominant themes, the mixing of genres, time and space, discourse analysis, theatrical language, etc.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

343 XVIIe SIÈCLE: LE GRAND SIÈCLE I
This course is a study of the major writers associated with the concept of Classicism. The focus is on the first half of the seventeenth century.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

344 XVIIe SIÈCLE: LE GRAND SIÈCLE II
This course focuses on writers in the Age of Louis XIV.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

Course Level: 
400 Level
Courses: 

While the progression of courses is normally from the 300-level to the 400-level, there is no difference in the level of difficulty, and the available timetable in any given year may involve taking 400-level courses before 300-level courses.

401 RENAISSANCE
This course focuses on French literature of the XVIth century, with emphasis on the historical and political contexts which have led to the development of Humanism in France, as well as on the study of various works of prose and poetry produced by authors of the time such as Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, DuBellay and Montaigne.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

402 LEMOYEN-AGE
This course focuses on French literature from the IXth century to the XVth century, with emphasis on the historical and political contexts which led to the development of literary and cultural discourses in Old French. As well, various works of prose and poetry produced by the authors of the period are studied.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

403 LA NOUVELLE FRANÇAISE
This course comprises a study of the French short story across the centuries, including such authors as Cazotte, Sade, Gautier, Balzac, Maupassant, Flaubert, Mauriac, Camus, and Yourcenar. The readings are coupled with a theoretical attempt to define the genre such as nouvelle, conte, nouvelle contée.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

409 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Modern Languages at the 400 level.

421 LE ROMAN CONTEMPORAIN I
This course examines the French novel by exploring the various literary and philosophical movements of the contemporary era (existentialism, the new novel, and beyond). These trends are illustrated through readings of representative authors.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

432 LITTÉRATURE ET CINEMA
This course consists of the study of the relation between French-language literary texts and their film adaptation, ranging from the seventeenth century to the modern day. Various questions of the inter-textual relationship are explored, including aspects specific to each genre.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

433 LA CRITIQUE LITTÉRAIRE
This course provides an overview of various critical schools and methods whose object is the study of literary texts. Among the approaches studied are narratology, psychoanalysis, sociocriticism, deconstruction, and structuralism. The study of these methodologies is combined with practical applications to literary texts.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

434 THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL GENRE IN FRENCH LITERATURE
This course examines French literary works classified as autobiographical, including essays, memoirs, letters, and diaries. It takes as its focus, representative authors starting from the Renaissance up to the present day. The texts studied illustrate historical and cultural movements through several centuries of French literature.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

441 LITTÉRATURE CANADIENNE-FRANÇAISE I: DE LA NOUVELLE-FRANCE AU XIXe SIÈCLE
This course proposes a study of the emergence of writing in New France and of the status of the novel in the cultural life of the nineteenth century, specifically the conditions of writing, and the relationship between the novel and the ideologies of the era. It includes a study of works which are thematically and stylistically significant.
Cross-listed with English (cf. English 323)
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

442 LITTÉRATURE CANADIENNE-FRANÇAISE II: XXe SIÈCLE
This course proposes a reading of Québec novels representative of the most important social and literary movements in the 20th century: the roman de la terre, the urban novel, the psychological novel, the novel of the Révolution tranquille, and the contemporary novel. The evolution of literary forms is studied as a function of the ideological shifts in Québec society throughout the 20th century.
Cross-listed with English (cf. English 324)
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

443 CULTURE ET LITTÉRATURE ACADIENNES I
This course comprises a critical reflection on Acadian literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the oral tradition. Many aspects of Acadian culture are considered, including how the Deportation of 1755 is represented in historical documents and literature, the works of contemporary authors, and the Acadian culture of Prince Edward Island.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

444 CULTURE ET LITTÉRATURE ACADIENNES II
This course comprises a critical reflection on modern Acadia, from the 1970s to the present day. It looks at many aspects of Acadian culture, including novels, songs, and poetry, and the emerging importance of the visual arts.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

446 TRADUCTION: ANGLAIS-FRANÇAIS
This course covers a wide range of everyday material, e.g., government documents, letters, news items, advertising material, and literary extracts in English. Close attention will be paid to the style of language appropriate to each different type of translation.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

447 TRADUCTION: FRANÇAIS-ANGLAIS
This course covers a wide range of everyday material, e.g., government documents, letters, news items, advertising material, and literary extracts in French. Close attention will be paid to the style of language appropriate to each different type of translation.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

451-452 DIRECTED STUDIES
Centered around an author or a topic, this course is specifically designed to enable students to express themselves and to do research on their own. Students will be given topics to research and to present to the class.
(See Academic Regulation 9 for Regulations Governing Directed Studies)

Calendar Courses

COURSE SEQUENCES AND RESTRICTIONS

Students may not reverse the sequence of any courses taken from French 101 to French 242.

101 FRENCH I
This course takes the student from the most elementary vocabulary to an ability to function adequately in simple everyday situations. The concentration is on aural/oral skills.
PREREQUISITE:  French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

102 FRENCH II
This course is a continuation of French 101.
PREREQUISITE: French 101 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

121 FRENCH III
This course is designed for students who have completed (or almost completed) the high school French core program, for those who have completed 102, or those who are placed into the course through the Placement Test. All major grammar points are covered, with an emphasis on both written and oral expression.
PREREQUISITE: French 102 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

122 FRENCH IV
This course is a continuation of French 121.
PREREQUISITE: French 121 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

 

COURSE SEQUENCES AND RESTRICTIONS

Students may not reverse the sequence of any courses taken from French 101 to French 242.

209 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Modern Languages at the 200 level.

211 FRENCH V
This course is a detailed review of all areas of French grammar.
It is designed for students who have completed the high school French Immersion Program or French 122, or who have been identified through the Placement Test.
PREREQUISITE: French 121 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab 

212 FRENCH VI
This course is a continuation of French 211.
PREREQUISITE: French 211 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

221 LANGUE ET LECTURES I
This course is designed for students who have completed the high school French Immersion Program, or who have completed 212, or who are placed into the course through the Placement Test. This course entails a detailed and accelerated study of all areas of French grammar, accompanied by analysis of short texts.
PREREQUISITE:  French 212 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

222 LANGUE ET LECTURES II
This course is a continuation of French 221.
PREREQUISITE: French 221 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

UPPER-LEVEL COURSES

NOTE: Only three or four upper-level courses per semester are offered. For courses offered each year check the timetable.

241 FRENCH COMPOSITION AND ANALYSIS I
This course is designed for students who have completed French 222, or who have been placed into it through the Placement Test. The aim of this course is to improve writing skills through an advanced analysis of both French grammar and short literary and critical texts. Various writing tasks such as the portrait, description, narration, letter-writing, and critical analysis of literary texts are practiced.
PREREQUISITE:  French 222 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

242 FRENCH COMPOSITION AND ANALYSIS II
This course is a continuation of French 241.
PREREQUISITE: French 241 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

251 INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LITERATURE
This course is a survey of the dominant movements and major authors of French literature. It comprises lectures in simple French and readings of the representative passages chosen for their literary importance and their accessibility.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

252 LE FRANÇAIS DES AFFAIRES
This course is oriented towards French oral and written communication in the business setting. The world of business is examined from the angle of its vocabulary related to job searches, the C.V., administrative and commercial correspondence, as well as communication as it is used in and outside of the workplace. PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

261 INTRODUCTION  Á L’EDUCATION EN FRANÇAIS AU CANADA
(See Education 213)
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

While the progression of courses is normally from the 300-level to the 400-level, there is no difference in the level of difficulty, and the available timetable in any given year may involve taking 400-level courses before 300-level courses.

309 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Modern Languages at the 300 level.

311 ADVANCED WRITING
This course is an upper-level grammar course designed for students who already have a good knowledge of French. It focuses on the acquisition of practical knowledge and skills to improve writing in specific contexts such as essays, activity reports, summaries, CVs, etc. The course covers various types of writing and, at the same time, reviews important basics essential for good writing in French.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

312 COMMENT LE DIRE ET L’ÉCRIRE? LE FRANÇAIS ET SES VARIÉTÉS
This upper-level course, designed for students who have a good knowledge of French, focuses on the construction of the French language norm and variations through different contexts, times, and places. Topics include the origins of the French language; the differences between French spoken and written in Acadia, Québec, France, and other regions of the Francophonie, and why there are these differences; archaisms, regionalisms, and neologisms; and how context affects our way of speaking or writing. The study of linguistic variation and the construction and functioning of standard French helps students better understand their own speaking and writing skills and assists them in enunciating their ideas.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

313 LITTÉRATURE FRANÇAISE CONTEMPORAINE I
This course is a study of the leading writers and movements and the historical and social changes which influenced them up to the outbreak  of the Second World War.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

321 XIXe SIÈCLE: 1800-1850
This course consists of a study of what has traditionally been known as the Romantic period (1800-1850) in French literature, illustrated by authors such as Chateaubriand, Musset, Hugo, Nerval, and Sand. However, other literary figures of the period such as Stendhal, Balzac, Gautier, Mérimée, whose works (by turns realist, fantastic, or a hybrid mixture of diverse influences) resist easy classification, are also studied.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

322 XIXe SIÈCLE: 1850-1900
This study of French literature focuses on the second half of the nineteenth-century. The main themes and trends of realism, naturalism and symbolism are studied through texts by authors such as Flaubert, les Goncourt, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Zola.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

333 XVIIIe SIÈCLE: L’AGE DES LUMIERES I
This course provides an introduction to the French literary world of the XVIIIth century, from 1715 to 1750, with emphasis on the historical and political context which led to the age of Enlightenment, as well as on the study of various works of prose and drama produced by famous authors of the time, such as Montesquieu, Diderot, Marivaux and l’Abbé Prévost.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

334 XVIIIe SIÈCLE: L’AGE DES LUMIERES II
As a continuation of 333, this course focuses on the literary productions of the second half of the century, with emphasis on the critical and philosophical aspects of the works selected, as well as on the development of a pre-romantic sensibility towards the end of that period.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

338 INTRODUCTION à la SOCIÉTÉ QUÉBÉCOISE
This course discusses the history and more specifically the culture of Québec. Students examine social productions of Québec throughout history: politics, the family, language, the arts, literature, the educational system, ideologies, fétes, etc. The course is accompanied by a multimedia presentation including a multitude of images, videos, and films.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

339 THÉÂTRE CANADIEN-FRANÇAIS
This course proposes an introduction to theatrical production in French Canada from its origins to the present day. Questions to be discussed include: the representation of history, cultural appropriations, dominant themes, the mixing of genres, time and space, discourse analysis, theatrical language, etc.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

343 XVIIe SIÈCLE: LE GRAND SIÈCLE I
This course is a study of the major writers associated with the concept of Classicism. The focus is on the first half of the seventeenth century.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

344 XVIIe SIÈCLE: LE GRAND SIÈCLE II
This course focuses on writers in the Age of Louis XIV.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

While the progression of courses is normally from the 300-level to the 400-level, there is no difference in the level of difficulty, and the available timetable in any given year may involve taking 400-level courses before 300-level courses.

401 RENAISSANCE
This course focuses on French literature of the XVIth century, with emphasis on the historical and political contexts which have led to the development of Humanism in France, as well as on the study of various works of prose and poetry produced by authors of the time such as Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, DuBellay and Montaigne.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

402 LEMOYEN-AGE
This course focuses on French literature from the IXth century to the XVth century, with emphasis on the historical and political contexts which led to the development of literary and cultural discourses in Old French. As well, various works of prose and poetry produced by the authors of the period are studied.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

403 LA NOUVELLE FRANÇAISE
This course comprises a study of the French short story across the centuries, including such authors as Cazotte, Sade, Gautier, Balzac, Maupassant, Flaubert, Mauriac, Camus, and Yourcenar. The readings are coupled with a theoretical attempt to define the genre such as nouvelle, conte, nouvelle contée.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

409 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Modern Languages at the 400 level.

421 LE ROMAN CONTEMPORAIN I
This course examines the French novel by exploring the various literary and philosophical movements of the contemporary era (existentialism, the new novel, and beyond). These trends are illustrated through readings of representative authors.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

432 LITTÉRATURE ET CINEMA
This course consists of the study of the relation between French-language literary texts and their film adaptation, ranging from the seventeenth century to the modern day. Various questions of the inter-textual relationship are explored, including aspects specific to each genre.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

433 LA CRITIQUE LITTÉRAIRE
This course provides an overview of various critical schools and methods whose object is the study of literary texts. Among the approaches studied are narratology, psychoanalysis, sociocriticism, deconstruction, and structuralism. The study of these methodologies is combined with practical applications to literary texts.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

434 THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL GENRE IN FRENCH LITERATURE
This course examines French literary works classified as autobiographical, including essays, memoirs, letters, and diaries. It takes as its focus, representative authors starting from the Renaissance up to the present day. The texts studied illustrate historical and cultural movements through several centuries of French literature.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

441 LITTÉRATURE CANADIENNE-FRANÇAISE I: DE LA NOUVELLE-FRANCE AU XIXe SIÈCLE
This course proposes a study of the emergence of writing in New France and of the status of the novel in the cultural life of the nineteenth century, specifically the conditions of writing, and the relationship between the novel and the ideologies of the era. It includes a study of works which are thematically and stylistically significant.
Cross-listed with English (cf. English 323)
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

442 LITTÉRATURE CANADIENNE-FRANÇAISE II: XXe SIÈCLE
This course proposes a reading of Québec novels representative of the most important social and literary movements in the 20th century: the roman de la terre, the urban novel, the psychological novel, the novel of the Révolution tranquille, and the contemporary novel. The evolution of literary forms is studied as a function of the ideological shifts in Québec society throughout the 20th century.
Cross-listed with English (cf. English 324)
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

443 CULTURE ET LITTÉRATURE ACADIENNES I
This course comprises a critical reflection on Acadian literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the oral tradition. Many aspects of Acadian culture are considered, including how the Deportation of 1755 is represented in historical documents and literature, the works of contemporary authors, and the Acadian culture of Prince Edward Island.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

444 CULTURE ET LITTÉRATURE ACADIENNES II
This course comprises a critical reflection on modern Acadia, from the 1970s to the present day. It looks at many aspects of Acadian culture, including novels, songs, and poetry, and the emerging importance of the visual arts.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

446 TRADUCTION: ANGLAIS-FRANÇAIS
This course covers a wide range of everyday material, e.g., government documents, letters, news items, advertising material, and literary extracts in English. Close attention will be paid to the style of language appropriate to each different type of translation.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

447 TRADUCTION: FRANÇAIS-ANGLAIS
This course covers a wide range of everyday material, e.g., government documents, letters, news items, advertising material, and literary extracts in French. Close attention will be paid to the style of language appropriate to each different type of translation.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

451-452 DIRECTED STUDIES
Centered around an author or a topic, this course is specifically designed to enable students to express themselves and to do research on their own. Students will be given topics to research and to present to the class.
(See Academic Regulation 9 for Regulations Governing Directed Studies)

Calendar Courses

100 Level

COURSE SEQUENCES AND RESTRICTIONS

Students may not reverse the sequence of any courses taken from French 101 to French 242.

101 FRENCH I
This course takes the student from the most elementary vocabulary to an ability to function adequately in simple everyday situations. The concentration is on aural/oral skills.
PREREQUISITE:  French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

102 FRENCH II
This course is a continuation of French 101.
PREREQUISITE: French 101 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

121 FRENCH III
This course is designed for students who have completed (or almost completed) the high school French core program, for those who have completed 102, or those who are placed into the course through the Placement Test. All major grammar points are covered, with an emphasis on both written and oral expression.
PREREQUISITE: French 102 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

122 FRENCH IV
This course is a continuation of French 121.
PREREQUISITE: French 121 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab

 

200 Level

COURSE SEQUENCES AND RESTRICTIONS

Students may not reverse the sequence of any courses taken from French 101 to French 242.

209 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Modern Languages at the 200 level.

211 FRENCH V
This course is a detailed review of all areas of French grammar.
It is designed for students who have completed the high school French Immersion Program or French 122, or who have been identified through the Placement Test.
PREREQUISITE: French 121 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus lab 

212 FRENCH VI
This course is a continuation of French 211.
PREREQUISITE: French 211 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

221 LANGUE ET LECTURES I
This course is designed for students who have completed the high school French Immersion Program, or who have completed 212, or who are placed into the course through the Placement Test. This course entails a detailed and accelerated study of all areas of French grammar, accompanied by analysis of short texts.
PREREQUISITE:  French 212 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

222 LANGUE ET LECTURES II
This course is a continuation of French 221.
PREREQUISITE: French 221 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

UPPER-LEVEL COURSES

NOTE: Only three or four upper-level courses per semester are offered. For courses offered each year check the timetable.

241 FRENCH COMPOSITION AND ANALYSIS I
This course is designed for students who have completed French 222, or who have been placed into it through the Placement Test. The aim of this course is to improve writing skills through an advanced analysis of both French grammar and short literary and critical texts. Various writing tasks such as the portrait, description, narration, letter-writing, and critical analysis of literary texts are practiced.
PREREQUISITE:  French 222 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

242 FRENCH COMPOSITION AND ANALYSIS II
This course is a continuation of French 241.
PREREQUISITE: French 241 or French Placement Test
Three hours a week plus conversation class

251 INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH LITERATURE
This course is a survey of the dominant movements and major authors of French literature. It comprises lectures in simple French and readings of the representative passages chosen for their literary importance and their accessibility.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

252 LE FRANÇAIS DES AFFAIRES
This course is oriented towards French oral and written communication in the business setting. The world of business is examined from the angle of its vocabulary related to job searches, the C.V., administrative and commercial correspondence, as well as communication as it is used in and outside of the workplace. PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

261 INTRODUCTION  Á L’EDUCATION EN FRANÇAIS AU CANADA
(See Education 213)
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

300 Level

While the progression of courses is normally from the 300-level to the 400-level, there is no difference in the level of difficulty, and the available timetable in any given year may involve taking 400-level courses before 300-level courses.

309 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Modern Languages at the 300 level.

311 ADVANCED WRITING
This course is an upper-level grammar course designed for students who already have a good knowledge of French. It focuses on the acquisition of practical knowledge and skills to improve writing in specific contexts such as essays, activity reports, summaries, CVs, etc. The course covers various types of writing and, at the same time, reviews important basics essential for good writing in French.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

312 COMMENT LE DIRE ET L’ÉCRIRE? LE FRANÇAIS ET SES VARIÉTÉS
This upper-level course, designed for students who have a good knowledge of French, focuses on the construction of the French language norm and variations through different contexts, times, and places. Topics include the origins of the French language; the differences between French spoken and written in Acadia, Québec, France, and other regions of the Francophonie, and why there are these differences; archaisms, regionalisms, and neologisms; and how context affects our way of speaking or writing. The study of linguistic variation and the construction and functioning of standard French helps students better understand their own speaking and writing skills and assists them in enunciating their ideas.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

313 LITTÉRATURE FRANÇAISE CONTEMPORAINE I
This course is a study of the leading writers and movements and the historical and social changes which influenced them up to the outbreak  of the Second World War.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

321 XIXe SIÈCLE: 1800-1850
This course consists of a study of what has traditionally been known as the Romantic period (1800-1850) in French literature, illustrated by authors such as Chateaubriand, Musset, Hugo, Nerval, and Sand. However, other literary figures of the period such as Stendhal, Balzac, Gautier, Mérimée, whose works (by turns realist, fantastic, or a hybrid mixture of diverse influences) resist easy classification, are also studied.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

322 XIXe SIÈCLE: 1850-1900
This study of French literature focuses on the second half of the nineteenth-century. The main themes and trends of realism, naturalism and symbolism are studied through texts by authors such as Flaubert, les Goncourt, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, and Zola.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

333 XVIIIe SIÈCLE: L’AGE DES LUMIERES I
This course provides an introduction to the French literary world of the XVIIIth century, from 1715 to 1750, with emphasis on the historical and political context which led to the age of Enlightenment, as well as on the study of various works of prose and drama produced by famous authors of the time, such as Montesquieu, Diderot, Marivaux and l’Abbé Prévost.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

334 XVIIIe SIÈCLE: L’AGE DES LUMIERES II
As a continuation of 333, this course focuses on the literary productions of the second half of the century, with emphasis on the critical and philosophical aspects of the works selected, as well as on the development of a pre-romantic sensibility towards the end of that period.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

338 INTRODUCTION à la SOCIÉTÉ QUÉBÉCOISE
This course discusses the history and more specifically the culture of Québec. Students examine social productions of Québec throughout history: politics, the family, language, the arts, literature, the educational system, ideologies, fétes, etc. The course is accompanied by a multimedia presentation including a multitude of images, videos, and films.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

339 THÉÂTRE CANADIEN-FRANÇAIS
This course proposes an introduction to theatrical production in French Canada from its origins to the present day. Questions to be discussed include: the representation of history, cultural appropriations, dominant themes, the mixing of genres, time and space, discourse analysis, theatrical language, etc.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

343 XVIIe SIÈCLE: LE GRAND SIÈCLE I
This course is a study of the major writers associated with the concept of Classicism. The focus is on the first half of the seventeenth century.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

344 XVIIe SIÈCLE: LE GRAND SIÈCLE II
This course focuses on writers in the Age of Louis XIV.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

400 Level

While the progression of courses is normally from the 300-level to the 400-level, there is no difference in the level of difficulty, and the available timetable in any given year may involve taking 400-level courses before 300-level courses.

401 RENAISSANCE
This course focuses on French literature of the XVIth century, with emphasis on the historical and political contexts which have led to the development of Humanism in France, as well as on the study of various works of prose and poetry produced by authors of the time such as Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, DuBellay and Montaigne.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

402 LEMOYEN-AGE
This course focuses on French literature from the IXth century to the XVth century, with emphasis on the historical and political contexts which led to the development of literary and cultural discourses in Old French. As well, various works of prose and poetry produced by the authors of the period are studied.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

403 LA NOUVELLE FRANÇAISE
This course comprises a study of the French short story across the centuries, including such authors as Cazotte, Sade, Gautier, Balzac, Maupassant, Flaubert, Mauriac, Camus, and Yourcenar. The readings are coupled with a theoretical attempt to define the genre such as nouvelle, conte, nouvelle contée.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

409 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Modern Languages at the 400 level.

421 LE ROMAN CONTEMPORAIN I
This course examines the French novel by exploring the various literary and philosophical movements of the contemporary era (existentialism, the new novel, and beyond). These trends are illustrated through readings of representative authors.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

432 LITTÉRATURE ET CINEMA
This course consists of the study of the relation between French-language literary texts and their film adaptation, ranging from the seventeenth century to the modern day. Various questions of the inter-textual relationship are explored, including aspects specific to each genre.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

433 LA CRITIQUE LITTÉRAIRE
This course provides an overview of various critical schools and methods whose object is the study of literary texts. Among the approaches studied are narratology, psychoanalysis, sociocriticism, deconstruction, and structuralism. The study of these methodologies is combined with practical applications to literary texts.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

434 THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL GENRE IN FRENCH LITERATURE
This course examines French literary works classified as autobiographical, including essays, memoirs, letters, and diaries. It takes as its focus, representative authors starting from the Renaissance up to the present day. The texts studied illustrate historical and cultural movements through several centuries of French literature.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

441 LITTÉRATURE CANADIENNE-FRANÇAISE I: DE LA NOUVELLE-FRANCE AU XIXe SIÈCLE
This course proposes a study of the emergence of writing in New France and of the status of the novel in the cultural life of the nineteenth century, specifically the conditions of writing, and the relationship between the novel and the ideologies of the era. It includes a study of works which are thematically and stylistically significant.
Cross-listed with English (cf. English 323)
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

442 LITTÉRATURE CANADIENNE-FRANÇAISE II: XXe SIÈCLE
This course proposes a reading of Québec novels representative of the most important social and literary movements in the 20th century: the roman de la terre, the urban novel, the psychological novel, the novel of the Révolution tranquille, and the contemporary novel. The evolution of literary forms is studied as a function of the ideological shifts in Québec society throughout the 20th century.
Cross-listed with English (cf. English 324)
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

443 CULTURE ET LITTÉRATURE ACADIENNES I
This course comprises a critical reflection on Acadian literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the oral tradition. Many aspects of Acadian culture are considered, including how the Deportation of 1755 is represented in historical documents and literature, the works of contemporary authors, and the Acadian culture of Prince Edward Island.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

444 CULTURE ET LITTÉRATURE ACADIENNES II
This course comprises a critical reflection on modern Acadia, from the 1970s to the present day. It looks at many aspects of Acadian culture, including novels, songs, and poetry, and the emerging importance of the visual arts.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

446 TRADUCTION: ANGLAIS-FRANÇAIS
This course covers a wide range of everyday material, e.g., government documents, letters, news items, advertising material, and literary extracts in English. Close attention will be paid to the style of language appropriate to each different type of translation.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

447 TRADUCTION: FRANÇAIS-ANGLAIS
This course covers a wide range of everyday material, e.g., government documents, letters, news items, advertising material, and literary extracts in French. Close attention will be paid to the style of language appropriate to each different type of translation.
PREREQUISITE: French 222 or permission of the instructor
Three hours a week plus conversation class

451-452 DIRECTED STUDIES
Centered around an author or a topic, this course is specifically designed to enable students to express themselves and to do research on their own. Students will be given topics to research and to present to the class.
(See Academic Regulation 9 for Regulations Governing Directed Studies)

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