La France Contemporaine
Mes chers amis, faisons ensemble un FYS en français! This FYS, conducted entirely in French, studies the institutions of contemporary France, and the values upon which these institutions are based. Units covered in the course include: Paris and urban life; regions and provinces; languages; the European Union; the organization of the French state; political parties and elections; family and sexuality; work and free time; public assistance; religions; immigration; the system of education; and media. We will read newspapers throughout the course, as well as a short novel, and the textbook; we will listen to the radio and study song texts; we will watch several films and examine the aspects of contemporary France that we find in them. There will be several oral presentations, and several short research projects. If you’ve taken French 201, or have a strong background in French from high school or a year abroad, and have a comfortable fluency in French, this class is for you.