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The major in French Studies enables students to study French at a number of levels in order to attain proficiency. Courses are offered from the introductory level to the advanced and professional levels. Students not only develop their knowledge of the French language, but also gain intercultural awareness and understanding of the French-speaking world. They study cultures, communities, societies and literature in France and the Francophone world. The French language plays a key role in expressing the cultures and identities of the places in which it is spoken. Learning French will provide students with a privileged form of access to the cultural resources and complex patterns of life in other countries. Developing competence in French will have an important place in promoting relationships and mutual understanding between countries and peoples.

There are two main components of language study. The first is a focus on the acquisition of competence in the target language. Acquiring target language competence involves a wide range of knowledge and understanding as well as skills in self-expression, both oral and written, and skills in comprehending other people's expression, both oral and written. The second component is the study of aspects of the cultures and societies associated with the French language. We draw upon other disciplines in order to inform understanding of French and Francophone cultures. These disciplines include linguistic, literary, cultural, historical and social productions. Via the study of the French language and associated disciplines, we aim:

  1. to foster understanding of the experiences and world-views of French and Francophone cultures;
  2. to develop informed understanding of human experiences, cultures, and societies where French is spoken;
  3. to enable students to place contemporary Australian society and culture in an historical and comparative context vis-à -vis French and Francophone societies and cultures;
  4. to develop the skills of critical, creative, and imaginative thinking about French and Francophone societies, cultures, and the arts;
  5. to promote the techniques and value of reasoned and open-minded discussion and debate.

This stream is available to students commencing at Introductory and Intermediate entry levels.

Placement Information

Students who wish to enrol in a language course without completing the necessary prerequisites are required to complete an online placement application form before the commencement of the term.

For more information, please see the School Website.

For students admitted in their first year of study to ARTS2480 or higher on the grounds of ability and/or previous study, such courses will be counted as Level 1 courses in terms of degree requirements.

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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 48 UOC.

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Commencing Mid-Year

If you commence the language studies major at Introductory French B, you must go on to complete Advanced French B. In order to have the required 48 UOC for the major, you must complete a further 18 UOC in contextual courses.

If you commence the language studies major at Intermediate French B, you must go on to complete Professional French B. In order to have the required 48 UOC for the major, you must complete a further 18 UOC including 12 UOC in contextual courses.

Language Courses

If you have achieved a higher level of study in a language course, you are not permitted to study a lower level language course.

Additional Information

Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Term 1.

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