Jun 01, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 415F - French Culture

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course will familiarize the student with a general frame of reference of French culture. The course will cover geographic information about forms of relief, rivers, mountains, climate and population distribution. A major outline of French history will be accompanied by the presentation of political events, important historical figures and great cultural accomplishments. The last part of the course will cover the French educational system, immigration, and everyday life in France. Five video documentaries will illustrate some of the content of the course: the castles on the Loire Valley, Versailles, the Louvre, Mont St. Michel, Paris. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Have a clear knowledge of the geographical and topographical position of France
  • Be familiar with the broad course in French history that shaped contemporary France
  • Have a general idea of French institutions, such as education, government, industry and religion
  • Be exposed to major forms of architecture, art, mass media, and sports

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Introduction, requirements, papers (1 class)
  • Geographical data (1 class)
  • Historical background (8 classes)
  • Scientific tradition (1 class)
  • Art and architecture (1 class)
  • Education (2 classes)
  • Religion and immigration (1 class)
  • Cultural aspects (3 classes)
  • Regional life in France (4 classes)
  • Sports, entertainment (1 class)
  • Video presentations (5 classes)
  • General review (1 class)
  • Exam (3 classes)

R. David Kent

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