Understanding Contemporary France

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Understanding Contemporary France

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    French Culture, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will provide students with an introduction to the French culture and society facts.
    Every session starts with the discovery of an authentic audio, video, written document or survey,
    focusing on a society or cultural aspect and allowing them to extend their vocabulary.

    The course will cover different topics:
    -France’s natural and geographical framework,
    -a rich and varied history,
    -a major economic force,
    -French society today,
    -a vibrant cultural heritage. 

    At the end of the course, the students should be capable of:
    -describing the geography of France
    -explaining the mains aspects of French history and how it influences the aspects of today’s society
    -understanding current economic and sociocultural events in French society
    -being sensitive to intercultural communication and how it may affect their future professional life
    in an international world

    Audio, video, written document, presentations, debates

    All course materials will be supplied in class. References may be made to the following resources:
    -Bulles de France, PUG Collection civilisation-cultures
    -La France Contemporaine, World Languages
    -Civilisation progressive du Français, Clé International
    -Civilisation progressive de la Francophonie, Clé International
    -Savoir-vivre avec les Français, Hachette
    -la France au quotidien, PUG
    -Internet sites 

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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