French 2404B and 2144B
French & Francophone Cultures
France: From Enlightenment to Postmodernity

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French 2404A/2144A for 2014 is one of two half-courses designed to give students a better knowledge and understanding of France, its history and its culture. The course is on a yearly rotation of content.

For the Winter Term 2014, the topics covered are:
• the 18th century and the Enlightenment
• the 19th century and the Age of Revolution
• the 20th century, the World Wars and Modernism
• the 21st century and Postmodernity

For the Winter Term 2015, the course begins with a geographical overview of the country, followed by a chronological account of France’s history and culture from prehistory to the end of the 17th century
Both courses aim not only to inform students of France’s history and culture, but to also shed some light on the complex and culturally diverse persona of the French. The course is given in French and consists of lectures incorporating digital slides, Internet content and videos.

By the end of the course, students will be expected to:
• have a basic understanding of the historical, social and cultural development of the country, from the 18th century to present-day.
• be able to identify some of the important historical, social and cultural figures, events and achievements throughout the centuries.
• have a basic understanding of present-day French society, culture and government.
• acquire a better understanding of what it is to be French, including an appreciation of France’s contributions to Western civilization.

Required Texts:
There are no required texts for the course. A web site has been created which includes the majority of the lectures. This "Internet-based textbook" has no multimedia content whatsoever. Also, in-class lectures convey more information than the site.
Students should make sure they have an active Internet account and access to OWL in order to access the web site.

Distribution of marks:
Report and Abstract: 30%
Midterm Test: 25%
Class Attendance and Participation: 10%
Final Exam: 35%

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