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Pau Courses - 2020 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 to six credits in Session I, and in four to five credits during Session II, 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

In Session I, a 3-credit French language course is required. In Session II, you will choose between a 3-credit French language course or a 3-credit French Literature course (see elective section). A 1-credit French Conversation course is required for students at the intermediate level and higher in Session II. 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. Kelly Peebles | Clemson University

Course offered:

Dr. Kelly Peebles is Associate Professor of French and Director of Language & International Health at Clemson University. She specializes in Renaissance literature and shares her love of French language and culture (especially early books and manuscripts) with students through hands-on experiences, such as study abroad, translation, and digital humanities.

Session II:

Dr. Jason Herbeck | Boise State University

Course offered:

Jason Herbeck is Professor of French and Chair of the World Languages Department at Boise State University (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin). Having taught courses on language, literature, culture, philosophy and translation, Herbeck focuses his research on Franco-Algerian writer Albert Camus and constructions of identity in French-Caribbean literature.

Course Descriptions

Contemporary Detective Fiction of Southwestern France

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

Description not available at this time.

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Contemporary French Culture and Civilization

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

In this course we will examine the major social, political and historical events and movements of the 20th century, which have helped create French thought and culture. Readings for the study and exploration of topics include French culture, character, society, history, language and education, and will be taken from a number of sources - literary, scholarly and popular. When appropriate, students will take field trips to local points of cultural interest.

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Environmental Geology of the Pyrenees

Summer Session I (Environmental Science, Geology; 300-level; 1 credit)

Pau is located near the 300 km-long Pyrenees with numerous peaks higher than 3000 m. It is then a very nice opportunity to present a lecture combining natural example of Pyrenees, environmental studies and geology. This lecture is addressed to a wide range of students in all fields of sciences. Through four lectures, and a two-day field trip, we will observe and understand spectacular examples of climate change, risk hazard, and new paradigm of mountain building, taking advantage of the Pyrenees mountain belt.

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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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French Civilization from Prehistory through the French Revolution

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

Description not available at this time.

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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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