Study Abroad in Cannes, France

Study Abroad in Cannes: Courses

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French Language & Culture Program

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. All students are required to take one intensive language course plus a maximum of 3 seminars for up to 18 credits. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the Campus International de Cannes.

Language Courses (Required)

Equivalent class levels are:

U.S. Council of Europe definition
French 101 (180) A1.0, A1.1, A1.2, A1.3
French 201 (280) A2.1, A2.2, A2.3, B1.1
French 301 (380) B1.2, B1.3, B2.1, B2.2
French 401 (480) B2.3, C1.1, C1.2, C1.3, C2

Required Language Courses

French 180 (A1.0-A1.3) (9) | Elementary French Language / Cours Découverte

The course covers communication used in everyday situations and expressing ideas and notions in French. Students learn how to respond to questions about themselves, where they live, and about other people they know. By the end of the course, students should be able to communicate simply with friends, buy goods at the store, or order a meal at a restaurant. Students enrolled in the 100 level French Language courses (9 credits) will receive 6 credits at the 100 level and 3 credits at the 200 level on the transcript issued by Chapman University.

French 280 (A2.1 – B1.1) (9) | Intermediate French Language / Cours de Survie

Students learn more complex grammatical structures and how to express viewpoints or opinions (giving advice, justifying an idea, resolving problems, or making requests) allowing them to take part in real conversations in French, while addressing tangible social issues. By the end of the course, students should feel relative ease when speaking, and be able to briefly communicate with native speakers. Students enrolled in the 200 level French Language courses (9 credits) will receive 3 credits at the 200 level and 6 credits at the 300 level on the transcript issued by Chapman University.

French 380 (B1.2 – B2.2) (9) | Upper Intermediate French Language / Autonome

Students learn to express themselves correctly, using clear and structured sentences to address complex subjects. Through following the news, filling out documents, reading newspapers and reacting to radio segments or televised debates, students learn to argue viewpoints as well as establishing cultural relations between their country of origin and France. Students enrolled in the 300 level French Language courses (9 credits) will receive 9 credits at the 300 level on the transcript issued by Chapman University.

French 480 (B2.3 – C2) (9) | Advanced French Language / Maîtrise

Reaching a level of precision with language and evident ease which indicates a level of fluency, not that of a native speaker, but approaching effective fluency. Reproducing written and oral sources, resuming material in a clear and coherent manner, from concrete to more abstract themes. Students enrolled in the 400 level French Language courses (9 credits) will receive 9 credits at the 400 level on the transcript issued by Chapman University.

Seminars taught in English

Art 460 (3) | French Art: 19th and 20th Century

This highly recommended course introduces students to the great artists of the 19th and 20th centuries in France, including the Impressionists (Monet, Renoir and Degas) the post Impressionists (Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin) and the Dada and Surrealists (Magritte and Dalí) as well as the 20th century artists such as Picasso, Miró, Giacometti, Chagall and Matisse, many of whom lived in Provence. This course will also treat abstract art in Europe and in France and pop art in the U.S. versus new realism in France. It takes a look at contemporary art and the current art market adding a further dimension to the subject. Students visit the great museums in the area including the Fondation Maeght in St. Paul de Vence, the Matisse, Picasso or Chagall museums close by.

LEAD 303 (3) | Organizational Administration: A European Context

This seminar exposes and analyzes key issues about Europe and France in a globalized economy. Students will acquire new, crucial knowledge on European and international business strategies and models: monetary policies, social economy, cross-cultural management, lobbying and public decision-making procedures. This is an inspiring course for all future managers and “actors of change” involved in the world they are building and living in! Course number and title provided by Chapman University. Prerequisite: One course in Principles of Leadership or Principles of Management.

Sociology 308 (3) | French Civilization

What does the French motto “Liberté Egalité Fraternité” signify in France today? This course gives a political and sociological viewpoint on some of the major issues and trends in contemporary French society: politics, immigration, and identity upheaval, France in Europe, education, gender equality, religion and secularism. Students will be involved in research, exercises and discussions on these topics and others. This course will provide a better understanding of current events, complementing the student’s own personal understanding and experiences during their stay in France.

Seminars Taught in French

Students wishing to take seminars in French must place into the upper Intermediate level (B1.1) or higher.

Seminars taught in French

French/Theater/Dance 310 (3) | Acting: Theatrical Expression / Théâtre: Expression Théâtrale

Meets four to six hours per week. Emphasizes rhythm and articulation of the French language employing a different, original “script” written by the professor. Dramatic sketches designed with roles suitable for all participants use expressions and themes drawn from daily life and emphasize the sound of French as it is spoken. The number of hours per week is determined by the role assigned.

French/Art 461 (3) | French Art: 19th and 20th Century / Histoire de l’Art en France au 19ème et 20ème siècles

This course is the same as Art 460, but taught in French. See above for course description.

French/Film/Television 311 (3) | French Cinema / Cinéma Français

Special focus is given to cinematographic language. Students are introduced to film direction techniques (mise en scène) with an overview of the evolution of French cinema, including an overview of the Cannes film festival which attracts thousands of actors, directors and producers and camera people from all over the world every year.

French/Political Science 303 (3) | French Political Life / La Vie Politique en France

Key dates from the revolution to current day for a better understanding of the French political system. Political institutions of the Fifth Republic, the roles of the president of the republic, the government and parliament, the constitution, administrative functions at various levels of government from national to local and the present political situation.

French/Sociology 309 (3) | French Society / La Société Française

Discover contemporary France: key dates in history, current events and trends, social change, the identity and diversity of its regions, Paris and centralism, education, gender equality and the renewal of family religion and secularism. Student participation in discussions, research and exercises are required.