French Society through the News

Institut Catholique de Paris

Course Description

  • Course Name

    French Society through the News

  • Host University

    Institut Catholique de Paris

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    European Studies

  • Language Level

    Intermediate, High Intermediate

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

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

    1. Intentions
    Are the French incorrigible moaners, staunch supporters of the strike? Do they have
    really the meaning of celebration and conviviality? Why do the French meet
    so many in festivals and museums every year? What is this
    "Cultural exception" that they brandish during world economic summits? And
    Where did they get this funny idea of ​​only working 35 hours a week?
    These are some of the questions we will try to answer in this
    course French society through the media.
    Understanding a society, that is to say a people and its culture, supposes making the synthesis
    very many sources of information and knowledge.
    This is how the course will offer the discovery of French society through its
    different media representations (written press, television, radio, cinema,
    internet ...) so that each student is able to build their own vision of
    Articulated around two themes, the French art of living and civic life, it will allow
    to look at family and social life, the importance of the cultural fact (literature,
    cinema) but also political life (institutional functioning, recurring debates etc.)
    2. Educational approach and linguistic objectives
    The course is based on an action-oriented and communicative approach, active participation
    of students is therefore essential.
    Listening and listening skills will be in high demand since all
    documents offered are authentic (film extracts, press articles, videos
    internet etc.).
    This confrontation with real speech situations will enrich the lexicon,
    identify language registers and identify cultural implicit.
    Students will also be asked to produce structured, oral or
    writing - writing an article, presenting a topic related to current events ...
    3. Corpus of observation
    All documents will be provided by the teacher (extracts from films, series etc.) or
    available online.
    Among the essential consultation sites: Le Monde, Liberation, Le Figaro, La Croix
    Language: French-French Larousse dictionary online
    4. Evaluation
    - Continuous monitoring throughout the session (initiative, responsiveness, relevance of
    interventions, debates and role plays etc.)
    - Oral expression: presentation (individual or group) of a topical subject.
    - Written expression: writing an article and / or an interview
    - Final validation test for acquired knowledge (MCQ)

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