This page focuses on the course 21F.311 Introduction to French Culture as it was taught by Professor Catherine Clark in Spring 2014.
This course examines major social and political trends, events, debates and personalities which help place various aspects of contemporary French culture in their historical perspective.
Students may take the course in order to
The class attracts students who
One intermediate subject in French, or permission of the instructor.
This course is generally taught during the fall semester, but is not necessarily offered each year.
The students' grades were based on the following activities:
Mainly freshmen and sophomores, but varies by year.
Students who take the course have, in general, completed at least French IV or AP/IB equivalents. This is usually either the first or second intermediate-level French class they take. It can also work for native speakers with very little experience reading and writing.
During an average week, students were expected to spend 12 hours on the course, roughly divided as follows:
Students prepared readings, oral presentations, weekly papers, and an individual research paper.