Office hours: MWF 10-11
Many of you are planning to study in France next year or the year after; this course is intended both to expand your horizons through a look at a culture other than your own and to prepare you for a rewarding experience abroad. I would like to encourage you to reflect upon a variety of cultural forms and perspectives and to make thoughtful comparisons with American culture wherever they seem relevant. Studying contemporary French society now will, I hope, make you better informed observers and participants when your plane touches down on French soil.
Methods and Evaluation
As you see below, your grade in this course will be affected positively or negatively by your class participation. I expect you to contribute regularly and intelligently to our conversations. To this end, I'll ask you to participate in Blackboard exchanges, either directed (through a specific question you're asked) or undirected (simply posting your reflections on our readings or class discussions). In addition, I regularly ask students to be responsible for summarizing our readings or videos and for leading class discussion à tour de rôle.
This course will probably
be very different from others you have had in the French Department because
it will require you to carry out a number of electronic tasks.
I will expect you to prepare readings and videos actively rather than passively,
to communicate your questions and notes through Blackboard with
the rest of the class. Class discussion will be a lot livelier if we
already know what the issues are before we begin to reflect on them! Your
first job, then, will be to familiarize yourself with our Blackboard site,
accessible by clicking the link highlighted in this paragraph. Your
second task will be to learn how to use Hyperstudio, a multimedia
software program, which you can experiment with in the Bosler Microlab
at any point during the semester. Hyperstudio
will be the medium in which you create your final project.
What I have in mind is a cooperative class venture using as a primary subject
the sinking of the oil-tanker Erika off the Atlantic coast of France last
December. (Have a look at the following websites for more information:
Each student will choose an aspect of the affair to explore (political, social, environmental, cultural...) and as a whole the class will produce a collective, cooperative study of the history, actuality and consequences of the disaster. You may decide on your contribution as a result of reading something fascinating in the newspaper or on the Web, or as a consequence of class discussion. Or you can ask me for suggestions. The rule of thumb here is to choose a topic that responds to your curiosity and your interests; you will then define it carefully and cogently, research it efficiently, and create an interesting and stimulating presentation of your work and contribution to the class project. Our final goal is to produce a Hyperstudio CD on the Erika. The deadline for choice of topics is September 18.
Here's how your grade will be determined:
Absence from class will adversely affect your final grade. I reserve the right to impose sanctions for excessive absences. Students must complete all assignments in order to pass the course.
The course syllabus can and may be modified at any time according to the needs of the class.
Finally, DON'T PLAGIARIZE. Familiarize yourself with the Proscriptions on Conduct to which I adhere. To that end, please read the following Departmental Policy Statement:
"It is French and Italian
Department policy that students in classes in the Department are permitted
to consult tutors, more experienced peers, the foreign assistants, and
other faculty members on ungraded assignments only. With their instructor's
permission, outside help is permitted if students wish to go over ungraded
homework assignments, practice their pronunciation, engage in informal
conversation, work on improving vocabulary or control of grammatical structures,
do listening and reading comprehension activities, or hone their writing.
They may not seek outside help from any other person in the preparation
of written or oral work (including early drafts thereof) submitted under
their name for a grade. If they have any questions about this policy
or their interpretation of it in a given situation, they should consult
with the course instructor."
The images on this page are from the MRAP website: http://www.oxygene.fr/gallois/mrap.htm
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