Faculty of Arts


French Language and Culture in Film and Literature

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for FRENCH 269.


A linguistic and cultural course taught entirely in French and designed to enhance students' aural, oral and written proficiency through the study of a series of recent films and literary texts that also shed light on important aspects of twentieth-century France. This course is designed for students with 24 credits in Level 3 NCEA French, or who have passed FRENCH 203.

Objectives / Learning Outcomes

  • Provide insights into key questions in contemporary French society and culture (gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, national and supra-national identity, class) through the study of popular film comedies
  • Introduce theoretical concepts surrounding humour and comedy genre, eg, stereotyping, parody, satire, carnevalesque humour
  • Introduce students to filmic analysis (eg, shot scale, angle and editing, lighting and sound, mise en scene, acting styles)
  • Enable students to practise and further develop linguistic competency (aural comprehension, vocabulary and grammar, oral expression and writing skills) in French

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Availability 2018

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Deborah Walker-Morrison


100% coursework


FRENCH 269: 15.0 points


15 points from FRENCH 203, 204, 304, or approval of Academic Head or nominee



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