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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
Course Descriptions for French (FREN)

FREN 1441. BEGINNING FRENCH I (3-2) Multimedia immersion in the culture and language of French-speaking countries. Designed to enable students to understand and communicate effectively in French at the beginning level. No prerequisites.

FREN 1442. BEGINNING FRENCH II (3-2) Continuation of beginning French. Prerequisite: FREN 1441 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 2313. INTERMEDIATE FRENCH I (3-0) Continued immersion in the culture and language of French -speaking countries. Application of strategies and technology in mastering listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: FREN 1442 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 2314. INTERMEDIATE FRENCH II (3-0) Continuation of intermediate French. Prerequisite: FREN 2313 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 2391. INDEPENDENT STUDY (0-0) Prerequisite: Permission.

FREN 3304. SELECTED READINGS & COMPOSITIONS (3-1) Introduction to the analysis of literary texts with emphasis on reading comprehension, grammar, writing skills and compositional techniques. Lab attendance required. Strongly recommended prior to 3311, 3312, and 4000 level courses. Prerequisite: FREN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 3305. FRENCH CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION (3-0) Historical development of the social, institutional, intellectual, and artistic life of France from inception to the present. Prerequisite: FREN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 3310. INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (3-0) Principles of literary analysis pertaining to genre, concepts of literary structure, language, and criticism through examination of selected works. Prerequisite: FREN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 3311. FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE I (3-0) The main currents of French literature, art, and thought from the Middle Ages through the 18th century in relation to French political and social history. Prerequisite: FREN 2314 with a grade of C or bettter.

FREN 3312. FRENCH LITERATURE AND CULTURE II (3-0) The main currents of French literature, art, film, and thought of the 19th and 20th Centuries in relation to French political and social history. Prerequisite: FREN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 3315. ADVANCED FRENCH CONVERSATION AND PHONETICS (3-0) Practice in oral expression with an introduction to practical phonetics and vocabulary building. Of special interest to students who wish to improve their skill in pronunciation, comprehension, and oral expression. Credit will not be granted to native speakers of French. Prerequisite: FREN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 3316. TOPICS IN CITIES OF FRANCE (3-0) Study of the representation of place, as a geographical, political and cultural construct, in literature, the visual arts (including film), and the media. Topics may include the city, various regions of France, the metro, public spaces, various institutions. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: FREN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 3318. PROBLEMS OF IDENTITY (3-0) Study of the individual and/or group from the Middle Ages to the present. Topics may include the child, the bourgeoisie, the immigrants, the courtesan. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: FREN 2314 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 3391. CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Independent study; consultation with instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission.

FREN 4314. ADVANCED FRENCH GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION (3-0) A detailed study of French grammar with practice in composition requiring original themes, essays, and research papers. An overview of the history of the French language and the influences of other languages and cultures on its evolution. Recommended for senior French majors. Prerequisite: FREN 3304, FREN 3311 or FREN 3312 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 4322. STUDIES IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY (3-0) Political and artistic climate of a defining period in French culture. Classical doctrine and literature. FREN 3311 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 4324. TOPICS IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY FRENCH STUDIES (3-0) Major currents such as Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism in literature and art. Emphasis on bourgeois tastes and institutions, the role of capitalism in the development of culture, and the commercial and representational construction of leisure. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: FREN 3312 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 4325. TOPICS IN 18TH CENTURY FRENCH STUDIES (3-0) Major currents such as Sensibility, Libertinism, the Republic of Letters, Exoticism, and Orientalism in literature and art.  Patterns of French thought comprising the Enlightenment leading to the Revolution. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: FREN 3311 or FREN 3312 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 4328. TOPICS IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY FRENCH STUDIES (3-0) Cultural and literary output of France before and after the Second World War. Patterns of French thought, writing, and self-representation, New Europe, decolonization, and nationalism through various media. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: FREN 3312 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 4332. STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE CULTURE (3-0) Readings in modern French of Medieval and Renaissance French literature. Works include the adventures of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Gargantua, reflections on the self, friendship, education, and the "Other" in Montaigne's Essais, and the love poems of Ronsard. Emphasis on the importance of religion, the evolution and the meaning of cathedrals and monasteries, and the effect of the discovery of the "New World" on perceptions of self and of community. Prerequisite: FREN 3311 with a grade of C or better.

FREN 4334. CONTEMPORARY FRENCH CULTURE (3-0) Social, political, and economic structures in France, with focus on current events relevant to the Francophone world. Prerequisite: two 3000-level courses or equivalent (FREN 3312 and FREN 3315 are strongly recommended) with a grade of C or better, or a knowledge of the language and consent of the instructor.

FREN 4335. BUSINESS FRENCH (3-0) Students learn to function in French in business environments, with emphasis on writing business letters, conducting telephone conversations and business meetings, using terminology for transactions in places such as banks, post offices, airports, and hotels. Video segments and interactive computer packages are used extensively to reinforce vocabulary and knowledge acquired through lectures, translations, and readings. Prerequisite: FREN 3515 and one additional 3000- or 4000-level course or equivalent (FREN 3304, 3311, 4314 strongly recommended) with a grade of C or better, or a knowledge of the language and the consent of the instructor.

FREN 4338. SELECTED TOPICS IN FRENCH LITERATURE OR CULTURE (3-0) May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

FREN 4339. ACQUISITION OF FRENCH (3-0) Theory and practice of language acquisition. Techniques needed to understand and analyze the sounds, vocabulary, and grammar of the French language. Primarily for students seeking teacher certification.

FREN 4391. CONFERENCE COURSE (0-0) Independent study in the preparation of a paper on a research topic and consultation with instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission.

FREN 4394. HONORS THESIS / SENIOR PROJECT (0-0) Required of all students in the University Honors College. During the senior year, the student must complete a thesis or a project under the direction of a faculty member in the major department. May not be repeated for credit.