Course descriptions

The following is a list of course descriptions offered in the French Studies Program. Please note that the English-language course descriptions and titles are not official and are provided strictly as a service for persons who do not understand French. In case of disagreement on interpretation, the French-language titles and descriptions take precedence.



 

FLS courses

FLS2521   Reading and Writing French as a Second Language: Advanced 
Using different types of text. Observation of models and reinvestment in writing tasks: taking notes, drafting messages, letters, summaries and short stories. Strengthening grammatical and lexical knowledge. Individual exercises.
Prerequisite: FLS2513 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS2522   Speaking Skills and Oral Comprehension in French as a Second Language: Advanced 
Use of texts for oral comprehension and introduction to critical content evaluation; guided listening using documents of varying lengths and complexity; note taking. Speaking practice: imitation of complex models, structured discussions, commentaries and presentations. Strengthening grammatical and lexical knowledge.
Prerequisite: FLS2513 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS2731   Oral Comprehension in French as a Second Language; Advanced Level 1 
Intensive practice of oral comprehension and introduction to language-level comparisons. Review of lengthy audio materials. Laboratory work.
Prerequisite: FLS2522 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS2741   Written Comprehension in French as a Second Language: Advanced Level 1 
Systematic practice of written comprehension. Introduction to language-level comparisons. Introduction to critical reading. Reading different types of text.
Prerequisite: FLS2521 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS2751   Consolidating Speaking Skills in French as a Second Language: Advanced Level 1 
Study and practice of informal and semi-formal oral communication. Adding expressiveness to opinions and feelings. Observation and application of different models. Directed conversations (spontaneous and prepared) and discussions. Class and laboratory exercises.
Prerequisite: FLS2522 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.
 
FLS2761   Consolidating Written Skills in French as a Second Language: Advanced Level 1 
Review of the steps involved in developing different writing genres; drafting stories, commentaries, summaries and analyses.
Prerequisites: FLS2521 or equivalent, FLS2771 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS2771   French Grammar for Second-Language Students: Advanced Level 1 
Systematic review of grammatical concepts for simple sentences. Sentence types and structures. Parts of speech and word groupings. The verb group: critical review of conjugation. Analyses and exercises.
Prerequisites: FLS2521, FLS2522 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS3741   Written Comprehension in French as a Second Language: Advanced Level 2 Development of critical reading in French through the study of writing genres, styles and techniques using a selection of texts (narrative, argumentative, leisure, etc.).
Prerequisite: FLS2741 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS3751   Consolidating Speaking Skills in French as a Second Language: Advanced Level 2Systematic study and practice of oral communication used for semi-formal purposes in everyday university life (reports, presentations, round tables). Study and application of techniques used by both speakers and listeners. Observation and use of different models. Refining pronunciation, vocabulary and oral grammar.
Prerequisite: FLS2751 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS3761   Consolidating Written Skills in French as a Second Language: Advanced Level 2 
Essay practice and individual development of writing techniques for an original work. Refining spelling and grammar; enriching expressive language and specialized vocabulary.
Prerequisites: FLS2761 or equivalent and FLS2771 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS3771   French Grammar for Second-Language Students: Advanced Level 2 
Systematic study of grammar concepts as they apply to paragraphs and complex sentences. Types of clauses: use of moods and tense sequences; expressing quantity, negation, cause, purpose, etc. Noun phrases: critical study of grammar and gender (declination and attribution). Corrective drills and phraseology exercises.
Prerequisite: FLS2771 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

FLS3773   Vocabulary Development in French as a Second Language 
Systematic study of words, word values, connections between words, word usage in the language system and in speech. Research, analysis and repetition exercises based on authentic language samples. Use of concordancers (a kind of search engine designed for language study). 
Prerequisites: FLS2521, FLS2522 or equivalent. Auditors are not permitted.

 

FRE courses

FRE1732   The Cultures and Literatures of Canada’s Francophone Communities / Cultures et littératures des francophonies canadiennes
Unity and diversity in Francophone literatures (Quebec, Ontario, Acadie, Western provinces). The contributions of writers and artists. Excerpts from literary and cinematographic works, and from songs and documents. 
Prerequisite: 12 FLS2000 credits.

FRE1734   Readings and Text Analysis / Lecture et analyse textuelle
Practical analysis based on readings of different types of text dealing with a current issue. Exercises in comprehension. 
Prerequisite: 12 FLS2000 credits. Formerly: FRE2796.

FRE2510   The Culture and Literature of France from the Middle Ages to the Revolution / Culture et littérature françaises du Moyen Âge à la Révolution
Introduction to the culture (plastic arts, architecture, music), history and literature of France, from novels of chivalry to the Déclaration des droits de l'homme. Excerpts from literary works analyzed in the socio-political and cultural contexts in which they were produced.

Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent.

FRE2515   The Culture and Literature of France from the XIXth Century to Today  / Culture et littérature françaises du XIXe siècle à aujourd’hui
The culture (plastic arts, architecture, music, cinema), history and literature of France, from Romanticism to Postmodernism. Excerpts from literary works analyzed in the socio-political and cultural contexts in which they were produced. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent.

FRE2520   Francophone Cultures and Literatures Around the World / Cultures et littératures francophones dans le monde
French as an international language. Introduction to the world’s Francophone cultures, history and literature (Belgium, Switzerland, Maghreb, sub-Saharan Africa, Lebanon, West Indies...). Excerpts from literary works analyzed in the socio-political and cultural contexts in which they were produced. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent. Formerly: FRE1731.

FRE2724   French Comics / La bande dessinée
Major trends in comic strips. National stereotypes and their cultural referents. Study of the techniques specific to the genre.
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent.

FRE2734   French Songs / La chanson
Study of French song lyrics from 1950 to today. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent

FRE2537  Literature in Translation 
Based on a comparative study of excerpts from literary works in translation (from English to French and from French to English), analysis of aspects specific to French and of the transfer of cultural symbols and phenomena. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent.

FRE2744   Literature for Children and Youth / Littérature pour enfants et adolescents
Tales and novels for children and adolescents in France and French Canada. Narrative techniques and major themes. Links between text and image. Analysis of landmark themes. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent.

FRE2754   Short Stories / La nouvelle
Short stories in France and French Canada. Characteristics of the genre. Analysis of landmark works. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent.

FRE3504   French Novels / Roman français
Study of works representing the main changes in the genre, from adventure novels to minimalist writings, in the socio- cultural contexts in which they were produced. Introduction to the tools used to analyze stories. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, and six FRE2000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE3514   Quebec Novels / Roman québécoise
Study of works representing the main changes in the genre, from tales from the land to writings by migrants, in the socio-cultural contexts in which they were produced. Introduction to the tools used to analyze stories. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, and six FRE2000 credits or permission from the Department.    

FRE3520   The Poetry of France and Quebec / Poésie française et québécoise
Study of works representing the main changes in these genres, from regular verses to contemporary experimentations, in the socio-cultural contexts in which they were produced. Introduction to the tools used to analyze poetry.
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, and six FRE2000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE3725  Theatre in France / Théâtre français
Study of works representing the main changes in the genre, from classical theatre to the theatre of the absurd, in the socio-cultural contexts in which they were produced. Introduction to the tools used to analyze dramatic texts and their representations. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, and six FRE2000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE3735   Theatre in Quebec and French-Speaking Ontario / Théâtre québécois et franco-ontarien
Study of works representing these genres, from the theatre of identity to the theatre of images, in the socio-cultural contexts in which they were produced. Introduction to the tools used to analyze dramatic texts and their representations. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, and six FRE2000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE3744  Francophone Cultures in Cinema / La francophonie par les films
The cultures of Francophone countries and their representation in film. Analysis of the socio-political conditions at the root of such films. Connections with related literary works. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, and six FRE2000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE3760   The Literature of French-Speaking Ontario / Littérature de l’Ontario français
Study of works representing Franco-Ontarian literature, in the socio-cultural context in which they were produced.
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, and six FRE2000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE3770   Contemporary French-language Literatures / Littératures francophones contemporaines
Study of works representing Francophone literature from around the world, in the socio-cultural context in which they were produced. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, and six FRE2000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE3780   Writing About Self / Les écritures de soi
Study of literary works representing the different types of personal literature: autobiographies, auto-fiction, journals, correspondence and travel diaries. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, and six FRE2000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE4510   French Variants in Literature / Variations du français dans la littérature
Study of historical and geographical variations in the French language based on analyses of literary texts. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE4520   Stylistics and Literature / Littérature et stylistique/ Théories littéraires
Study of major stylistic features (figures, language level, rhythms and sounds…) and their application in excerpts from literary works. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.  

FRE4525   Literary Theories / Théories littéraires
The main contemporary critical approaches. Application to literary works. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE4535   Women in Literature / Femmes en littérature
Analyses of landmark works to study the place of female authors and characters in literary creation. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE4545   Myths and Literature / Mythes et littérature
Through analyses of significant works, the study of myths as literary material and of literature as a creator of mythical figures. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE4555   History and Literature / Littérature et histoire
Analyses of works from different genres to study the treatment and role of history in literary works from different periods. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE4565   Literature and Engagement / Littérature et engagement
Through analyses of manifests and landmark works, the study of the debates surrounding the author’s notion of social and political engagement. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE4575   French Cinema / Le cinéma français
Analysis of films that have marked the history of French cinema. Presentation and application of theories of cinematographic analysis. 
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE4585   Intercultural Dynamics / Dynamiques interculturelles
Comparative study of works in French and English (the original and the French translations). Analysis of the institutional and literary issues and contexts (cultural interaction, reception, intertextuality).
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.

FRE4586   Cross Literatures / Littératures croisées
Comparative study of a theme, movement or literary genre in both French-language and English-language works (the original and the French translations). Analysis of texts in the socio-cultural context in which they were produced.
Prerequisite: 21 FLS credits (including six FLS3000 credits) or equivalent, six FRE1000 credits or equivalent, six FRE2000 credits, and three FRE3000 credits or permission from the Department.

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