French 2403A & 2143A
French & Francophone Cultures:
The Art & Culture of Quebec
Syllabus - TBA
French 2403A/2143A for 2011 is one of two half-courses designed to give students a better knowledge and understanding of French Canada, with an emphasis on the province of Quebec. The course is on a yearly rotation of content. The course is given entirely in French and consists of lectures incorporating digital slides, internet content and videos.
French 2403 students: This course is applicable towards the Program Modules offered by the Department of French Studies.
French 2143 students: This course is not applicable towards the Program Modules offered by the Department of French Studies.
For the Fall Term 2011, the topics covered are:
• the adaptation and evolution of architecture in Quebec
• the influences and innovations which define Quebec sculpture
• Quebec painting, from religious and European influences to original Modern and Postmodern Art
• the nature and purpose of song and music in Quebec
• the importance of dance and the cinema in Quebec
• from oral tradition to international recognition: the evolution and diversity of Quebec literature
By the end of the course, students will be expected to:
• have a basic understanding of the history and nature of architecture in Quebec, including identifying some examples of important landmarks.
• have a basic understanding and recognition of the original thought and the influences which define Quebec sculpture and painting, including identifying some examples of important works.
• characterize and recognize in general some of the songs, the music, the writers and the composers which illustrate Quebec’s diverse musical history.
• recognize in general the importance and the innovations of dance and choreographers in Quebec.
• have a basic understanding of the early challenges and the recent rewards of Quebec films and filmmakers.
• have a basic understanding of the evolution of Quebec literature, from the oral tradition to modern works of prose and poetry.
• acquire a better understanding of what it is to be Québécois through this society’s cultural output.
DISTRIBUTION OF MARKS
(subject to change)
Report and Abstract 30%
Midterm Test 25%
Class Attendance and Participation 10%
Final Exam 35%
There are no textbooks or manuals for the course.
All course material is available online.
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