French 250 Course Syllabus
French 250 - France Today: The French People and Their Culture (3
credits). 2009 UTM Maymester. No prerequisites-taught in English-all resources in English.
Instructor: Prof. TennesseeBob Peckham [office: H427E, tel.: 881-7424,
Nadeau, Jean-Benoit and Julie Barlow. Sixty Million Frenchmen
Can't Be Wrong: Why We Love France but Not the French.
Sourcebooks, Inc., 2003.
Course web site:
http://www.utm.edu/staff/globeg/f250.shtml [using "learning objects" to
go with the book]
French films: "Le Gone du Chaâba" and
"L'Auberge Espagnole" (both with English subtitles)
Two essays or short stories written by
Franco-Canadian and Franco-African authors (TBA)
GOAL: This course, among the
choices under "Humanities Curriculum Requirements" the UTM Catalog,
proposes "an interdisciplinary study of the French people today, with
emphasis on their life-styles, customs, mentality, and overall culture.
Discussion of current trends in French politics, education, media,
religion, and literature and the arts (including popular culture)
especially as they illustrate important cultural values and attitudes.
Consideration of France's cultural influence on selected areas of the
francophone world (e.g., sub-Saharan Africa and Quebec."
OBJECTIVES: To use the
exploration of contemporary French society by a pair of prize-winning
Canadian journalists on a funded research stay in France (Institute of
Current World Affairs) in understanding what it is about the character,
values situation, culture, history, institutions, of the French that
causes us to give French people such a mixed review. Through our web
site's "learning objects" students will be able to extend their contact
with the French beyond the covers of the book, while remaining within
Nadeau and Barlow's range of topics. We will further extend our
understanding of the French by seeing what role they play in and
attitudes they have toward the European Union and La Francophonie
(other French-speaking parts of the world). Finally, we will look at
their former and present influence in Tennessee.
STRATEGIES: are examplified in
the "Lesson List" below, where chapters refer to the book Sixty Million Frenchmen
Can't Be Wrong... I will create a questionnaire to promote
discussion, and illustrate brief moments of lecture with audio and
video media from a variety of sources. Students are expected to
participate in online discussion with at least three entries a week in
our email list.
We will also watch two French films with English subtitles and read an
essay or short story from Quebec and one from a French-speaking West
African country while we are addressing the topic of La Francophonie.
LESSON LIST (See Learning Objects)
May 11: ch. 1 & ch. 2
May 12: ch. 3 & ch. 4
May 13: ch. 5 & ch. 6
May 14: ch. 7 & ch. 8
May 15: "Le Gone du Chaâba" or TBA (film) & test 1
May 18: ch. 9 & 10
May 19: ch. 11 & 12
May 20: ch. 13 & 14
May 21: ch. 15 & 16
May 22: ch. 17 & 18
May 25: ch. 19, test 2,
"L'Auberge espagnole" (film)
May 26: ch. 20 & 21
May 27: ch. 22 & 23
May 28: The Francophone World (Franco-Canadian work TBA)
May 29: The Francophone World (Franco-African work TBA), test 3
GRADE DETERMINATION: Each of 3
tests is worth 250 points. Class participation and assignments are
worth 250 points for a total of 1000 points.
CLASS ATTENDANCE: Attendance in
this course is required, and roll is taken every day. Unexcused
absences reduce your final attendance and participation grade by 50
points (out of 1000) each per day. Students will be allowed one
unexcused absence before being penalized.
HOPE SCHOLARS (lottery): Please
understand that work and performance expectations for you are that you
maintain a minimum enrollment and the appropriate GPA, detailed in
Tennessee Lottery (HOPE) Scholarship Information, under " TLS Policies
and Procedures Acknowledgement Form". This scholarship is a privilege
granted to you, based on your past performance, but it is also based on
the state's expectation that you will continue performing well. You are
expected to work and perform along side of other students who do not
have a scholarship at risk. In this course, you will have lots of help,
but it is entirely up to you to take advantage of it; nobody will push
you to make that decision.
GENERAL & ETHICAL EXPECTATIONS:
We expect students to demonstrate a solid work ethic, and to conduct
themselves as ladies and gentlemen, with special attention given to the
"Standards of Conduct" and "Academic Integrity" sections of
The University of Tennessee at Martin Student
Handbook (latest edition)
as a base-line minimum for their behavior. Anything
else is unacceptable to this instructor.
HELP! Be honest with yourself
and with me. If you have difficulty in this course, use your resource
materials, and contact me ASAP. I want you to succeed.