Lyon Courses - 2019 Fall

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 credits of intensive language courses taken at the Université Lumière Lyon II Centre internationale d'études françaises (CIEF) with other international students, plus 3 to 6 credits of elective courses in French culture or European Studies designed specifically for USAC students. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Fall & Spring Semesters

CIEF Intensive French Language Courses

CIEF language level placement is determined by a placement exam administered on-site. Courses at each level are outlined below. Taught in French.

CIEF LEVEL A2: Intermediate Low/Mid (12 credits)

Prerequisite: 2-4 semesters of college French

CIEF LEVEL B1: Intermediate Mid/High (12 credits)

Prerequisite: 3-5 semesters of college French

CIEF LEVEL B2: Advanced Low/Mid (12 credits)

Prerequisite: 4-6 semesters of college French

CIEF LEVEL C1: Advanced Mid/High (12 credits)

Prerequisite: 6+ semesters of college French

Fall Semester

French and European Studies

Courses are taught in English unless noted; courses taught in French are appropriate for third-year students and above unless otherwise indicated.

Spring Semester

French and European Studies

Courses are taught in English unless noted; courses taught in French are appropriate for third-year students and above unless otherwise indicated.

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience by turning either the optional Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea tour or optional Provence and Avignon tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc.) on the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region.

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development and are counted as part of your credit load. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Past internship opportunities in Lyon have included placement in local elementary, middle, and high schools. Other internship sites may be possible but require advance notification. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials, and an interview onsite with the internship sponsor. For most positions, students will be required to attend orientation training sessions at the beginning of the internship.

Eligibility: enrollment in the Lyon program, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

French as Foreign Language Exams

As an official examination center, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 offers French proficiency exams at all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. All students take the Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises (DUEF) examination at the end of the program; the exam fee is included in the program fee.

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as a Visiting Professor.

Fall Semester:

Dr. Bertrand Landry | University of Mount Union

Courses offered:

Dr. Landry is Associate Professor of French at the University of Mount Union. A native of Dijon, France, he has lived in the US for over 20 years. He is interested in 17th and 18th century literature, French and Francophone cultures, gastronomy, and France during World War II.

Spring Semester:

Dr. Pauline de Tholozany | Clemson University

Courses offered:

Pauline de Tholozany specialized in 18th and 19th century literature and culture. Her book, L'Ecole de la Maladresse, was published by Honoré Champion in 2017. She has published articles in various journals such as 19th-Century French Studies, Dix-Neuf, Esprit Créateur, and Nineteenth-Century Contexts.

Course Descriptions

1940-1945 Shock! War, Occupation, and Resistance in France and Lyon

Spring (French, History; 300-level; 3 credits)

After the military defeat in June 1940, France was “cut” in two: the northern part occupied and controlled by the Nazis, and the southern which was free under a regime of collaboration and antisemitism. Lyon played a key role during this period as the capital of the Resistance. The course examines the history of France with emphasis on Lyon during the Second World War. Students will read and learn about the wartime experience and Lyon’s inhabitants, important political and social change, as well as the key role of Lyon during “la Resistence”. The course is designed for students of all backgrounds with an interest in examining role and fate of Central European cities during WWII.

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Bon Appétit!: A Cultural, Gastronomical, and Literary Study of French Cuisine

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is an interdisciplinary approach to French gastronomy through literary, cultural, and historical documents. Gastronomy has become an art brought to the utmost perfection by the French. Gastronomical representations bear great literary, historical, artistic, and cultural significance in literature and art. This course will explore these representations. Student will learn the definition of gastronomy and will refine it in reading and reflecting on excerpts of texts of various literary genres and non-fiction texts spanning from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, newspaper articles, Youtube videos and films. There will also be a cooking component to the course.

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Contemporary French Culture

Fall (Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

From the French Revolution to the “Gilets Jaunes,” we will work to understand and appreciate France’s cultural uniqueness and the way it compares to other cultures, including our own.

This course will explore contemporary French culture through the lens of both its indelible history and its passion for innovation. By studying the evolution of French institutions, public policies, private lives, and cultural artefacts we will examine the France’s core values along with the country’s rapidly changing demographic. Immigration, power, criminal justice, gender, ethnicity, education, religion, language, medicine, political parties, customs, rituals, and leisure will be among the topics addressed. An interdisciplinary approach will help students think critically about the relationship between cultural production and the beliefs that shape French cultural identity.

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Fourth Year French I

Fall (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

This advanced level course of French has been designed for students who have completed three years of French and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

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Fourth Year French II

Fall (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

Fourth Year French II has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of French and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.

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Francophone Women Writers

Spring (English, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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French Art and Architecture

Fall (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

Lyon’s rich heritage allows us to offer an introduction to the history of the arts. In order to sensitize students to Culture and Arts, we will both have practical workshops, lectures and visits of museums. Throughout our multiple interventions, we are trying to emphasize on the commonalities existing between arts. Indeed, it seems important that students understand the connections that exist between arts of all time, connections that strengthened in the 20th century. This course will be about the arts throughout its issues, its breakdowns but also its continuities.

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French Conversation

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

Compulsory three-credit course that complements the development of the linguistic skills facilitated in composition courses emphasizing the oral mode of the French language It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

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French Cuisine

Fall (200-level; 1 credit)

This course is designed to teach typical French recipes, as well as tips, serving ideas, and a bit of etiquette and customs. The lessons are arranged by meal, so that one can easily translate the lessons to real life cooking situations.

In addition to learning how to make appealing appetizers and entrees, students take several classes in baking and pastries. They learn tricks and tips that can be used in daily life. Students will spend time chopping onions, peeling potatoes, cutting meat, kneading dough and beating eggs, all of it under the supervision of the cooks who can teach them the tricks of the trade and correct any mistakes.

Generally, classes include one to two hours of explanations along with a practical hands-on component in the school (fully equipped and stocked kitchens where students cook).

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French Culture and Civilization: Getting to know Lyon Beyond the Walls

Fall (French; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (French; 200-level; 1 credit)

This short 15 hours course will introduce students to several aspects of French civilization discussed from a local perspective. It will cover different topics: education, politics, history, social organizations. The class will not take place in a regular classroom but will consist in visiting places, meeting people and exchanging ideas about their work and their involvement as members of French society. A short list of relevant vocabulary and basic knowledge about the subjects treated will be handed prior to or after the visits.

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French Enlightenment, Revolution, and Romanticism

Spring (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is divided into three main parts : we will first explore the close relation between literature and philosophy in the 18th century, a period during which philosophers also wrote literary pieces (Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau). We will then look at novels written by female authors of the 18th and 19th centuries: Madame de Graffigny, Claire de Duras, and George Sand. These writers all questioned the social systems that oppressed women, thus imagining a new role for their heroines. The final section of class will be dedicated to love in the age or Romanticism, and we will read a novella by Balzac and a short play by Musset.

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French Stylistics

Fall (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

French Stylistics is an elective course for students of French as a second language at an advanced level, who have probably taken at least three years of college French. The goal of this course is to enhace the writing abilities, taking the written text as a contextualized communication event, addressed to an audience and with a clear and defined purpose. Therefore, class activities are centered around the analysis and the understanding of different written genres, so that they can be produced latter. In addition, this course does not neglect the oral interaction and expression, since the class is conducted entirely in French, reinforcing collaboration through group work.

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Government and Politics in France and Europe

Fall (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course aims at showing the specificities of French politics. It will present balance of power and go into detail about each power. It will also go into detail about elections and political parties so the students can understand the roots of today’s political debate. A review of some majors policies by the presidents of the 5th Republic will be also done in order to explain some evolution in the French society and illustrate the major difference between the everlasting gap between “gauche” and “droite”. Few minutes will be spent in the beginning of ach class to answer students’ questions.

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Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

Spring (300-level; 3 credits)

Born in late 19th century France, the Impressionist movement marked an important break with the Academic system and thus opened the door to a world of opportunities for future art movements. Concurrently, a group of artists known today as Post-Impressionists pushed Impressionism beyond its initial boundaries and prepared the way for the most influential avant-garde movements in the 20th century.

This course will examine the genesis, development, and the legacy of these two movements. We will focus on a series of prominent artists, art critics, and other art-world players who defined these two movements as well as the socio-political and historical context of the period that shaped its progress. With the assistance of PowerPoint presentations, videos, documentaries, primary sources, and museum visits, this course provides an interactive approach to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

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Islam in France: Multiculturalism and the Media

Fall (Anthropology, French, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

Why Islam represents a controversy in France? This course aims at analyzing and describing how Islam developed in France, and how Muslims are perceived and represented by media, politicians, and public opinion.

In the first part of the course we will analyze how north African Muslim immigration since 1960’s impacts contemporary French society; integration vs isolation. In the second part, we will address the topic of secularism of Institutions in France: historical perspective and current debates. In the last part of the course, we will analyze media coverage of Islam in France; special attention will be given to the interactions and debates of muslin religion in the schools: the case of the Islamic headscarf.

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La France pendant la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale

Fall (French, History; 300-level; 3 credits)

In this course, students will study the impact of WWII in France through novels and one novelette. We will focus on three periods of the war: the defeat, the occupation of France by Nazi Germany, the collaboration of some French citizens with Nazi Germany, and the resistance of some French citizens against Nazi Germany. Students will critically read four works of literature, analyze some close passages, answer questions geared to help their comprehension, and present on some key moments and characters of the war. There will be some experiential learning component attached to the course.

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Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea Field Study

Fall (200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Provence tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of French language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on Provence.

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Provence and Avignon Field Study

Spring (200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Avignon Provence tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of French language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on Provence.

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Second Year French I

Fall (French; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 200-level; 3 credits)

Second Year French I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college French or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to recognize the different uses of the subjunctive mood in the expression of different degrees of certainty, the expression of wishes and advice.

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Second Year French II

Fall (French; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 200-level; 3 credits)

Second Year French II is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college French or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

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Seminar in French Language

Fall (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

Seminar is a course designed for students who have taken at least three years of French at college and want to improve the four skills in a balanced way: speaking, listening, writing and reading, as well as enhance their vocabulary and improve their grammatical accuracy.

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Survey of French Literature I

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

Ce panorama de la littérature française donne à voir 5 mouvements littéraires (Humanisme, Pléiade, Baroque, Classicisme, Lumières), des auteurs et des textes français majeurs du Moyen-Age au XVIIIème siècle (La Chanson de Roland, Ronsard, Montaigne, Molière, La Fontaine, Diderot, Voltaire, …) que les étudiants découvriront principalement à travers l'étude, dans leurs contextes, d'extraits d'œuvres significatifs et/ou connus pouvant donner lieu à certains prolongements (analyse d'un document iconographique, projection d'un document audio-visuel, sortie au théâtre,...)

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Survey of French Literature II

Spring (300-level; 3 credits)

This class will introduce you to major French texts of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, with a focus on the novel and short stories. This course will provide an overview of literary and intellectual trends from post-revolutionary France until the present day. The course is also designed to train students to write critically about literature. Special emphasis will be placed on close readings of texts both through in-class discussions and written assignments. We are going to follow a chronological progression, but our texts also have a thematic link: they discuss strangers, foreigners, and marginal figures. This common theme will help us navigate the historical differences between the types of stranger that each period touches upon.

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The US and France: International Relations since 1945

Spring (History, Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

The creation of the European Union will go down in history as one of the most remarkable political achievements of the Twentieth Century. At every stage of European integration, the United States played a key role in promoting policies, favoring certain nations over others, lobbying for specific models of organization and governance and checking European ambitions in other parts of the world.

In 2019, in the wake of Brexit, of Donald Trump’s election in the United States, of Emmanuel Macron’s attempt to seize European leadership, with the rise of anti-European populist movements throughout the continent, Europe and France are faced with the most serious challenge of their history, a challenge that will test the resilience and legitimacy of its institutions and the ability of its leaders to invent a new, more democratic form of governance. To a large degree, the future of Europe is tied to the nature of the new relation it will build with the United States.

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Third Year French I

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

This is a third year course for students who have completed two years of French at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Third Year French II

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

The focus of the course is improving the learners´ writing abilities with the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and increase learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or a collection of short stories will strengthen the formal instruction.

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Travel Photography

Spring (Art, Journalism; 200-level; 1 credit)

Regards sur la ville : une approche de la photographie pour découvrir un environnement urbain, se l’approprier et partager sa vision. Construire une mémoire commune à partir de regards individuels différents

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Understanding the French Bande Dessinée

Spring (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

The history and artistry of the French as well as some Belgian bande dessinée and several related forms: the traditional comic, the graphic novel, sequential art, editorial/political drawings, etc.

We will study the relation of text to drawing, degrees of abstraction and iconicity, the representation of actions and time). We will focus and reflect on how BDs reflect cultural constructions of identity, and its relations with the French society. Themes will range from humor, to French national identity, the European and colonial contexts, political cartoons, and immigration, gender studies, war, crime stories, etc.

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