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Lyon Courses – 2021 Summer Sessions I & II

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.

Courses

You will enroll in four to five credits in Session I and four to seven credits in Session II. One additional credit may be earned if you enroll in the optional Paris Field Study. At least one 3-credit course is required along with a 1-credit course in French conversation appropriate to your level. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change.

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French Language and Literature Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with four credits of French taught in each session. Students will meet this requirement through a 3-credit language course plus the 1-credit French Conversation course. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Session I and Session II

  • Summer Session I
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college French

  • Summer Session I
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 200-level 3 credits Taught in French

    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.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college French

  • Summer Session I
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college French

  • Summer Session I
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    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.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college French

  • Summer Session I
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    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.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    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.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college French.

  • Summer Session I
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    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.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college French

  • Summer Session I
    100-level 1 credit Taught in French

    This is a course for students who have not taken any French language courses before. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in France.

    Required for beginner students not enrolled in other language courses.

  • Summer Session I
    French 300-level 1 credit Taught in French
    Summer Session II
    French 300-level 1 credit Taught in French

    Mandatory one-credit course that complements the development of the linguistic skills facilitated in French 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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level French

    Required if taking intensive French language.

French and European Studies

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Architecture Art French History 300-level 3 credits Taught in French

    This course offers to explore artistic, architectural, and urban shapes of the city of Lyon as well as its representations through the historic point of view (from the Middle Ages until the Modern and Contemporary periods). The student will be analyzing public spaces through the ages and will then classify daily life scenes and social and cultural practices happening. Tours, field trips, field surveys, and visits to museums and galleries are a substantial part of the course.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and French
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and French

    This course is designed to teach students how to prepare typical French recipes that are quick and easy to replicate at home with a minimum number of ingredients. The course will use local and seasonal products and show students how to adapt them to different recipes, both sweet and savory.

    Taught in French with some English, but appropriate for all.

    This course has an additional fee for materials and ingredients.

  • Summer Session I
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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 debates. A review of major policies by the Presidents of the 5th Republic will also be done in order to explain some evolution in the French society and illustrate the major difference between the everlasting gap between “gauche” and “droite”. Time will be spent in the beginning of each class to answer students’ questions.

  • Summer Session I
    Art Journalism 200-level 1 credit Taught in French

    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.

    Taught in French with some English, but appropriate for all.

  • Summer Session I
    English 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    “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.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    History Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course examines the history of France from the declaration of war to the Nazi invasion and occupation and, finally, to the liberation of the country. Students will read and learn about the wartime experience of French people, as well as about the political ideologies and cultural attitudes regarding war, the occupation, and the resistance. Emphasis will be put on the legitimacy quandary faced by the “Resistance” against the Vichy régime and Nazi occupation following the armistice with Germany. Indeed, the terms of the 1940 Armistice made the occupation of France’s Northern Zone impeccably legal, and the demise of the Third Republic and its replacement by the pro-German Vichy government was approved by a large majority vote in the National Assembly (the Parliament) on July 10, 1940.

  • Summer Session II
    Art 100-level 1 credit Taught in English

    In this studio course, we shall investigate a variety of approaches, techniques and processes in the art of drawing. In addition, we shall take advantage of Lyon’s world famous museums and monuments to learn about the city as it is reflected in its architecture, landscape, paintings and sculpture, and its people. The objective of this course will be to introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing while using the city of Lyon as a backdrop. The human figure, landscape, architecture, still life, plant life, and abstract art are some of the themes that will be explored.

  • Summer Session II
    French Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in French

    The question of identity, and its multiple belonging and affiliations in its profound complexity, is the fundamental theme of our course while studying a variety of texts of francophone women writers. We will study the concept of identity seen through the eyes of a selected number of women writers in different linguistic, historical, social, and psychological perspectives. The students will be invited constantly to take account of sociohistorical context of their work: how the colonial history of the past impacts the postcolonial writing, and how it comes out in the text through a particular use of language by these women writers.

    The students will be analyze and interpret the literary texts of different women authors coming from different sociopolitical contexts. Thus, one of the main goals will be considering the sociohistorical context of each text before and during their lecture. In order to achieve this objective, the students will be encouraged to consider the variety of French literary expression. The course broaching the question of identity will show that the first achievement of these authors is always to redefine their relationship with linguistic metropolitan material by using another cultural and linguistic baggage belonging to other territories.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level French

  • Summer Session II
    Art 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and French
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and French

    This course is designed to teach students how to prepare typical French recipes that are quick and easy to replicate at home with a minimum number of ingredients. The course will use local and seasonal products and show students how to adapt them to different recipes, both sweet and savory.

    Taught in French with some English, but appropriate for all.

    This course has an additional fee for materials and ingredients.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field studies

Optional field studies are an excellent way to deepen your academic experience abroad. During your 1-credit field study course, you will participate in carefully planned excursions that allow you to explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of France. These overnight field experiences, combined with required academic components such as readings, research, and written assignments, will increase your understanding of the sites and locales visited.

As an experiential learning method, optional field studies complement the larger academic program and provide you with opportunities to learn in new ways, to gain hands-on experience, and to connect your classroom learning to the world around you.

Optional field studies have an additional fee and are subject to meeting minimum enrollment requirements to run.

For more information about field study options, see the Lyon tour and field study page.

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Summer Session I (4 weeks): Open

Summer Session II (5 weeks): Open

Summer Session I&II (9 weeks): Open

Fall/Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

Eligibility

Summer:

Minimum GPA: 2.5, one year of college-level French if studying French; no language prerequisite for Art History

Semester:

Minimum GPA: 2.5, one year of college-level French

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

Summer: 65 students

Semester: 70 students

Instruction

English | French

Member

APUAF -- Association des Programmes Universitaires Américaines en France

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