France in Europe and in the World

Institut Catholique de Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    France in Europe and in the World

  • Host University

    Institut Catholique de Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, History, International Relations

  • Language Level

    Intermediate, Intermediate+, High Intermediate, Advanced, High Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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



    - To acquire precise notions and knowledge on the identity of France, its institutions, its political functioning, the French society, as well as on the position of France in Europe and in the world.

    - Examine questions and ideas that invite open reflection on the topics covered in the course.


    2/ Pedagogical Approach of the Teacher:

    Before each session, the students must research and review information and documents on the announced theme (treatment forms, varied and diverse articles, advertisements ...)

    After each session, they must prepare in writing:

    A. The main idea to remember according to them.

    B. A dozen key words or important expressions.

    C. A question to ask one of their classmates.



    Photocopies, authentic documents, video extracts of documentaries, films

    For the presentations: If the student needs a computer and they do not have one, they must inform the teacher.



    • La République française : le citoyen et les institutions, N. KADA et P. TERRONE, Éditions PUG (coll. FLE), 2017

    • Francoscopie2030,  Gérard MERMET– Nous, aujourd’hui et demain, Larousse, 2018

    • Le pays des Européens, Sylvain Kahn et Jacques Lévy, 2019

    • Clés pour la France – 80 icônes culturelles, Denis C. Meyer, Hachette, 2010



    Test 1 (25%)

    Test 2 (25%)

    Participation (25%)

    Each grade takes into account the knowledge and general expression in French.

    Attendance at table checks is required to obtain successful completion of this course. 



    - Students must attend the course regularly.

    - In case of absence or delay, you must notify the teacher. You must present a note excusing the absence when returning to class. It is up to you to inquire (with the class delegate or a classmate) about the work that was missed and any homework that was turned in or assigned.


    Course Program


    1. Introduction:
    - What is France?

    -A brief history of modern France

    2. France:

    -A Republic and its institutions 

    -French citizens

    3. France:

    -A Republic and its institutions 

    -French citizens

    4.  France:

    -The State: the executive power

    -The State: Assemblies and Councils 

    5. France: 

    -Justice and Citizens

    6. France: 

    - The major administrations 

    7. TEST 1

    -the citizen and their work

    8. Test corrections for Test 1

    -France: the regions, departments and communes (municipalities) 

    9. France in Europe: 

    -What is Europe?

    10. France in Europe: 

    -The operation of the European Union 

    11. France in Europe: 

    -The division of the French on the European Question

    -France: sovereign country or suppressed country?

    12. France in the world: 

    -The influence of France: Francephone, culture, the "French exception"

    13. TEST 2

    France in the world: France criticized 

    14. Test corrections for test 2

    France in the world: advantages and weakness of the position of France in the world 

    15. Conclusions: 

    -Predictions for the future of France, the future of France in Europe and the future of France in the world 

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.


This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some are essential to make our site work; others help us improve the user experience. By using the site, you consent to the placement of these cookies.

Read our Privacy Policy to learn more.