Song: the Soundtrack of our Lives

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Song: the Soundtrack of our Lives

  • Host University

    Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    French, French Culture, Music (BA)

  • Language Level

    Beginning, Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced, Superior

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

    15
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    1
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    1
  • Overview

    Summary: This lecture proposes to show how the song, through its themes, its figures and its evolution, is at the same time a popular art and which can touch all of us for different reasons.

    Program by session:

    1- Definition of the song

    2- The image of the woman in the song

    3- The song and we

    4- Three important names: Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens and Léo Ferré

    5- Panorama of the song today

    6- The song, not so simple!

    7- A tour of France in song

    8- The slam

    9- Song and humor

    10- Meeting with artists

    11 - Examination
    objectives
    - To give a precise, vast and varied knowledge of the song, in its nuances and its diversity
    - Allow students, through this expression, to better understand certain aspects of French society
    - To walk virtually, through places and times, through the universes and generations of artists


    Pedagogical approach


    Preferred supports
    During the conference:
    Each session will be interspersed with listening songs.

    After the session: Possible return by the students on the songs, in order to acquire vocabulary as well as knowledge.

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.

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.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.