Feminine, Feminism: Women who Made France

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Feminine, Feminism: Women who Made France

  • Host University

    Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    French Culture, History, Women's Studies

  • Language Level

    Advanced, High Advanced, Superior

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    General objectives of the conference:
    Discover and understand the great figures of feminism in France.
    Discuss the political and social issues of the movement throughout history.
    Understand the current scope of actions and works that have marked the movement.

    Pedagogical approach of the teacher:
    10 sessions of 1:30
    Communicative and action-oriented, always maintaining the FLE approach. The conference must also allow the student to enrich his lexicon and syntax in French.
    Questions, remarks and discussions are put during the conference.

    Power point handouts gathering selected excerpts and lighting supplements.
    Excerpts from video documentaries, radio programs, films, etc.

    Summary bibliographic references:
    Reading recommendations will be made during each of the 10 sessions.

    A final exam at the 11th session, rated out of 20 and adapted to the linguistic level of the student.
    MCQ and answers to write (one or two questions of the course, a question of reflection)
    6 / Attendance: the student will have to sign an attendance sheet upon entering the conference.
    In case of absence, the mimeographs of the missed session are always available at the reception

    Practical information:
    Beginning of lectures on: September 18, 2019
    End of lectures on: December 18, 2019
    Review on: To be specified
    Teacher's contact details: dominique.amsellem@ccfs-sorbonne.fr
    All Saints' holidays: from October 22 to November 4, 2019 included.

    Day Theme
    SESSION 1 Presentation of the conference and the program; methodological advice.
    A short history of feminism in France
    SESSION 2 A committed writer: Simone de Beauvoir
    (1) The strength of a life
    SESSION 3 Simone de Beauvoir (2): the scope of a work
    Discussion around the reading of an extract of the 2nd sex.
    SESSION 4 Committed politician: Simone Veil + Women of the Academy / Women of the Pantheon
    SESSION 5 A writer, filmmaker, in love and committed: Marguerite Duras and La Pain
    SESSION 6 A woman in combat; the fight of a woman: Joan of Arc.
    SESSION 7 Beautiful but rebellious: women and fashion, George Sand and Coco Chanel.
    SESSION 8 The Art of Being a Woman, two very feminine artists: Berthe Morisot and Camille Claudel.
    SESSION 9 Women's Science: Marie Curie.
    SESSION 10 A great adventurer: Alexandra David-Néel
    Review revisions.

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.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.