Pau, France
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Pau, France

Course Information: 2018 Summer Session 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 at least four and up to five credits, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the Paris Field Study. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions.

French Language Studies

You are required to take 4 credits of French language in each session. Students at the intermediate level and higher will meet this requirement through a 3-credit language course plus the 1-credit conversation course. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Session I and Session II

Electives

These elective courses are designed to familiarize you with the region. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted in French; most courses taught in French are appropriate for students with four or more semesters of college French.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field studies

Deepen your academic experience by turning the optional Paris Tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc). Students who choose the field study option will keep a journal and prepare a research paper on a topic interest specific to Paris.

U.S. Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following U.S. professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I:

Dr. Sarah Nelson | University of Idaho

Course offered:

Dr. Sarah Nelson is Associate Professor of French at the University of Idaho. She has eclectic research interests, with work on both seventeenth-century French women writers and contemporary Senegalese social movements. She has traveled widely in Europe and has recently begun leading study trips to Senegal.

Session II:

Dr. Mariah Devereux-Herbeck | Boise State University

Course offered:

Mariah Devereux Herbeck is Professor of French at Boise State University where she teaches courses in film, literature and culture. Her book, Wandering Women in French Film and Literature: A Study of Narrative Drift was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan (October 2013).

Course Descriptions

Contemporary French Film

Summer Session II (Art, French; 300-level; 1 credit)

What trends and reoccurring themes can we trace in French Cinema of the last 15-20 years? What terms and concepts are integral to discussing contemporary French cinema? Can we make predictions about future trends? These are only a few of the questions that we will explore in this course. We will watch (segments of) films on DVD for this course as well as attend a showing at Pau’s Méliès Theater.

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First Year French I

Summer Session I (French; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (French; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations.

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First Year French II

Summer Session I (French; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (French; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations. Prerequisite: one semester of college French.

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Fourth Year French I

Summer Session I (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments. Prerequisite: six semester of college French.

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Fourth Year French II

Summer Session I (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments. Prerequisite: seven semester of college French.

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France through American Eyes

Summer Session I (French, Political Science; 300-level; 1 credit)

Students abroad are in an ideal position to reflect on the cultural values, assumptions, and ways of thinking that inform a society’s view of itself and of other societies. Using the book Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong as a model for our approach, we will examine a series of French institutions and current social issues (parties and electoral politics; social welfare system; debates over the EU and globalization; regionalism; immigration; gender and family; education and youth unemployment; etc.). We will use film, music, news, and to the extent possible, interviews with host families, French students of English, etc.

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French Conversation

Summer Session I (French; 300-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (French; 300-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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La Chanson Française: Then and Now

Summer Session II (French; 300-level; 1 credit)

French history, politics, society, and living in France in general as shown through French music from the 20th century to now.

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Paris Field Study

Summer Session I (French; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (French; 200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Paris 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 Paris and surroundings.

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Second Year French I

Summer Session I (French; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (French; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts. Prerequisite: two semesters of college French.

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Second Year French II

Summer Session I (French; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (French; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts. Prerequisite: three semesters of college French.

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Seminar in French Language

Summer Session I (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is specifically designed for students with an advanced knowledge who want to augment their ability to comprehend spoken French and to express themselves more fluently in French. Prerequisite: six semesters of college French. Taught in French.

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Survey of Art: European/Western Art

Summer Session I (Art; 200-level; 1 credit)

Art history of western Europe through the 17th century, with particular emphasis on country specific art. For example, students in France will study influential French artists along with important European artists of that period. The art and vision of the world of each period are studied through architecture, sculpture and painting, including: Romanesque art (the great cathedrals) and the Renaissance (da Vinci, Michelangelo, El Greco). The objectives of the course are to develop a more complete knowledge of European and local culture through art and to learn to identify, analyze and appreciate works of art. Prerequisite: four semesters of college French. Taught in French.

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Theatre in French

Summer Session II (French; 300-level; 1 credit)

Travail sur l'articulation, la prononciation, l'intonation, travail sur le corps, les émotions, l'imaginaire, travail sur des textes d'auteurs contemporains avec correction phonétique, pratique de certaines structures grammaticales adaptés au niveaux des étudiants.

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Third Year French I

Summer Session I (French; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French. Prerequisite: four semesters of college French.

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Third Year French II

Summer Session I (French; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French. Prerequisite: five semesters of college French.

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