Understanding Contemporary France
Université Catholique de Lille
Area of Study
French Culture, International Studies
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
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
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