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Lyon Courses - 2021 Spring

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 Catholique Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF) 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

ILCF Intensive French Language Courses

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

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

Prerequisite: 2-4 semesters of college French

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

Prerequisite: 3-5 semesters of college French

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

Prerequisite: 4-6 semesters of college French

ILCF 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 ILCF (Institut de Langue et Culture Françaises) of Université Catholique de Lyon 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.

Visiting Professors

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

Fall Semester

Dr. Isabelle Favre | University of Nevada, Reno

Courses offered:

Professor Favre’s main research interests take place in contemporary literature and film. She has authored three books, the most recent one titled “Guerre et Paix: Figures du conflit dans les littératures et films francophones.” Originally from Switzerland, she enjoys alpine activities but is also eager to use the new TGV Lyon-Marseille!

Spring Semester:

Dr. Astrid Klocke | Northern Arizona University

Courses offered:

Astrid Klocke has taught a wide range of German language, literature and culture courses at several US universities. She has also coordinated the Cinema Studies program at Northern Arizona University and piloted blended and online courses in film, humanities, and culture studies. She has published research on Holocaust literature and film and translated a German Holocaust novel.

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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Contemporary French Culture

Fall (English, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

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 through works sociology, anthropology, philosophy, economics, history, literature, the arts, science, and cinema. This 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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France and Its Culture

Fall (French; 200-level; 3 credits)

This class is devoted to the study of France and its culture. During the semester we will study, analyze and critique much detailed material on France covering various fields such as history, economics, politics, the arts, mass-media, pop culture and sociology, all of which we call culture. The first two segments of the course will concentrate on the French institutional structures and spirit, and how both have been impacted by the Revolution, the Enlightenments, and WWII and the Algerian War. The third and last segment will be devoted to France's contemporary transformations and challenges, beginning with new demographic trends where immigrants from first, second, and third- generation play an increasingly more visible role.

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Franco-Arab Women Authors and Directors

Fall (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

In this course you will discover several authors and film directors whose lives and work take place on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea. We will start with two marvelous storytellers and essayists, namely Assia Djebar, and Fatema Mernissi. Assia Djebar’s postcolonial re interpretation of the painting Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement by famous 19th Century French painter Eugène Delacroix will be our introduction into the Franco-Arab culture. Tunisian sociologist Fatema Mernissi will take us in the everyday life of the actual harem where she grew up. We will then shift to present time and witness how film director Nadia El Fani got in trouble in Tunisia with her documentary Neither Allah nor Master. We’ll pursue with young director Kaouther Ben Hania and her movie “La belle et la meute.” The course will then shift to recent literature, first with Kiffe kiffe demain, a “Banlieue novel” (Hood novel), and then with Garçon manqué (tomboy) dealing with exile, gender, and the process of entering into adulthood of a bi-cultural woman.

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Francophone Women Writers

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

France’s colonial conquests around the world have often changed and sometimes “erased” the voices and languages of Native people, especially women. In this course, we will focus on uncovering Francophone women’s literature from Africa and the Caribbean. This literature sits at the bypass of cultures, languages, and gender dynamics. Through the reading of some of the major works in the canon of African and Caribbean francophone literature by women, viewing films, listening to guest speakers, and outings that explore French colonial history, we will encounter the following themes: traditional, native societies and their relationship with the new modern French world, resistance and opposition to French colonial rule; the Negritude movement; the Algerian war of independence from France and, in particular, the role of women; questions of language use in the postcolonial world (French, Arabic, or other native languages?), postcolonial feminism, questions of the diaspora, and Francophone women today.

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French and European Cinema

Spring (Film; 400-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 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 (Art, Art History; 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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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 (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

A study of the development of French literature through the analysis of literary movements - from the XII century through the XX century - and the comparison of the most important authors of each period. Texts from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, the idiosyncrasies of the French people, and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

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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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Travel Writing: French Art and the Art of Being French

Fall (English; 300-level; 3 credits)

“Lyon is a city that makes you hungry,” said celebrity chef Paul Boccuse about France’s other “city of lights.” This course will take on Boccuse’s concept of hungry in both real and abstract ways. Real in the sense that Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France and the whole city is engineered to coerce the taste buds into sitting down for a lengthy meal. Abstract in the sense that Lyon is not just a feast for the mouth but also for the eyes, ears, nose, skin, and mind. With Gallo-Roman ruins, art museums, sweeping cathedrals, mysterious passages, and hundreds of streets named for WWII resistance fighters, Lyon offers nourishment for a diversity of artistic appetites and sensibilities.

We will digest this artistic, sensorial experience through the genre of travel writing. Travel Writing is an exciting reflection on travel through personal stories. This course will help you produce clear, expressive prose, sharpen your eye for travel detail, and cultivate your individual voice through the lens of art in Lyon.

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Understanding the French Bande Dessinée

Spring (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course covers the history and artistry of the French bande dessinée and several related forms: the traditional comic, the graphic novel, sequential art, and editorial/political drawings. We will focus on how BDs reflect cultural constructions of identity and consider the emergence of a variety of forms and genres that have appeared since the beginning of the twentieth century. Themes will range from humor to French national identity, political cartoons, gender studies, war, and crime stories, all while focusing mainly on how the French look at the world and themselves through this medium. Readings will be in French. Class conducted in French.

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War, Nazis, and the Holocaust in France

Spring (History, Holocaust / Genocide / Peace Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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