AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Grenoble, France
Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Course Descriptions

   

Courses at the CUEF
French Language and Culture Program

All students take a French language course. The appropriate level of French is determined by a placement test taken after arrival in Grenoble. Both the French language courses and electives taught in French are open to all students at the CUEF.

Following the placement test, students may choose classes based on their language level. Students may not take French classes other than those recommended for their level.

In addition to a University transcript, students who successfully pass all the required courses (see below) will receive a University Diploma from Université Grenoble Alpes.

Semesters are 13 weeks, plus one exam week.

Diplôme Universitaire B1 (French University Diploma, B1)

Intermediate/Upper Intermediate

Required courses:  
201 French Language 8 credits
210 French Vocabulary Enrichment 2 credits
     
Optional electives: 2h/week  
POLSCI 201/202 Economic & Social Problems in Modern France 1.5 credits    
LIT 205/206 Modern and Contemporary Literature 1.5 credits
SOC 215/216 French Culture and Society 1.5 credits
315/316 Storytelling, Theatre & Poetry 1.5 credits
217/218 Civilisation and Mythology 1.5 credits

Diplôme Universitaire B2 (French University Diploma, B2)

Advanced

Required language courses:
301 French Language 4 credits
310 French Vocabulary Enrichment OR 2 credits
303 Linguistics   2 credits
304 Techniques d’Expression  2 credits
     
Optional electives: 2h/week
304 Fine Arts, History of French Cinema 1.5 credits  (spring only)
311 Fine Arts, Introduction to Art in France 1.5 credits (fall only)
305/306 20th Century French novel 1.5 credits
301/302 France & International Economics/Business 1.5 credits
311/312 History, 1789 to 1914    1.5 credits
315/316 Storytelling, Theatre & Poetry 1.5 credits

Diplôme Universitaire C1 (French University Diploma, C1)

Superior

Required courses:
401 French Language 4 credits
410 French Vocabulary Enrichment OR 2 credits
403 Linguistics 2 credits
404 Techniques d’Expression: 2h/week 2 credits
     
Optional electives: 2h/week
404 Fine Arts, History of French Cinema 1.5 credits  (spring only)
411 Fine Arts, Introduction to Art in France 1.5 credits (fall only)
405/406 20th Century French novel 1.5 credits
401/402 France & International Economics/Business 1.5 credits
411/412 History, 1789 to 1914 1.5 credits
400 Elective with French students*          1.5 credits

Students in 400 level may request to take one French elective with French students offered through Université Grenoble Alpes in addition to two CUEF French electives (please check with AIFS Admissions officer for possible course options).

French Language Courses (Required)

For this program, the CUEF offers 3 levels of language in accordance with the Council of Europe definitions:

French 201Intermediate(B1)
French 301Advanced(B2 – C1)
French 401Superior(C1)
French Language Courses (Required)
Course Code and Credits: French 201 (8)
Course Title: Intermediate French Language (Travaux Pratiques: Intermédiaire)
Course Description:
For students with at least one year of recent college French. Vocabulary, grammar, composition, phonetics and techniques of written expression. Meets 10 hours per week.
Course Code and Credits: French 301 (4)
Course Title: Advanced French Language (Travaux Pratiques: Avancé )
Course Description:
This cours pratique supérieur meets 6 hours weekly. Emphasis is on perfecting techniques already learned and acquiring more sophisticated written and spoken style. Phonetics work included.
Course Code and Credits: French 401 (4)
Course Title: University Level/Advanced French Language (Travaux Pratiques: Universitaire)
Course Description:
For advanced French majors who have completed at least three years of college French language. A research paper in French is required (approximately 10 pages) on a topic of cultural or social interest.

Elective Courses Taught in French at the CUEF

Your choice of electives taught in French is determined by your level of French:

  • Students who place into French 201 (Intermediate) may only take 200 level courses taught in French .
  • Students who place into French 301 can only take 300 level electives taught in French.
  • Students who place into French 401 can only take 400 level electives taught in French. French 401 students may request to take one French elective with French students offered through Universite Grenoble Alpes (please check with AIFS Admissions officer for possible course options).
Elective Courses Taught in French
Course Code and Credits: French 210 (2)
Course Title: French Vocabulary Enrichment / Vocabulaire et Langue Française
Course Description:
This course is designed to expand and enrich students’ understanding of the French language through the study of vocabulary: origins of words, metaphors, synonyms and homonyms. Class meets 2 hours per week and complements French 201.
Course Code and Credits: French 304/404 (2)
Course Title: Written and Oral Expression / Techniques d’Expression Orale et Ecrite
Course Description:
Techniques of written expression teach the skills needed to write a comprehensive essay in French, while techniques of oral expression allow students to improve their presentation skills in French. Organization of work, vocabulary, style and mastery of tenses. Complements French 301. Prepares students for the DELF exams. Meets 2 hours a week. Separate grades are given for oral and written work on transcript.
Course Code and Credits: French 310/410 (2)
Course Title: French Vocabulary Enrichment / Vocabulaire et Langue Française
Course Description:
This course is designed to expand and enrich students’ understanding of the French language through the study of vocabulary: origins of words, metaphors, synonyms and homonyms. Class meets 2 hours per week and complements French 301/401 and 304/40. It is offered at the same time as French 303/403 Linguistics.
Course Code and Credits: French 303/403 (2)
Course Title: Linguistics
Course Description:
The objective of this course is introduce students to methods, both European and American, to the study of the structure of language with reference to Chomsky, de Saussure and others. Through concrete examples and practical exercises the course questions how we traditionally study grammar.
Course Code and Credits: Econ 201-202/Pol Sci 201-202 (1.5)
Course Title: Economic and Political Life in Modern France / Vie Politique et Economique de la France Contemporaine
Course Description:
After surveying the evolution of the French Republic, concentration is on issues pertinent to a sound understanding of contemporary French society. Subjects include institutions of the Fifth Republic, May 1968, the Socialist years and the economy (regional development, state aid and employment).
Course Code and Credits: French 205-206 (1.5)
Course Title: French and Francophone Literature / Littérature Française et Francophone
Course Description:
For students in French 201. Students read and discuss two or more novels per semester, in addition to studying examples of French poetry, drama and short stories. Students are introduced, via extracts, to the work of writers in other French-speaking countries.
Course Code and Credits: French 215-216 (1.5)
Course Title: French Culture and Society / Culture et Société
Course Description:
Educational experience, the media, culinary habits, beliefs and superstitions, immigration and its social ramifications, leisure, women’s issues, professional training and differences between Paris and the provinces are discussed.
Course Code and Credits: French 315-316 (1.5)
Course Title: Storytelling, Theatre and Poetry / Cours d’Expression Orales: Contes, théâtre et poésie
Course Description:
Through the use of poetry, theatre and story-telling, students are encouraged to develop and improve their French speaking ability. Students analyse texts, improvise role-plays and familiarize themselves with exercises designed to provide confidence in oral expression. Each semester, students create, direct and act in a French play. Evaluation is based on participation, including the final production in front of a live university audience, a journal and a research paper on the play.
Course Code and Credits: French 217-218 (1.5)
Course Title: Civilisation and Mythology / Civilisation et Mythologies
Course Description:
This course is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of the fundamental elements which have contributed to creating French society today, including the development of language, beliefs and attitudes through Greek, Roman and Egyptian myths, religious influences, inventions (ie cinema) and famous people (Jean Moulin, philosophers, etc).
Course Code and Credits: French 305-306/405-406 (1.5)
Course Title: Contemporary French Literature / Littérature Française du XX siècle
Course Description:
For students enrolled in French 301, this course covers major developments in contemporary French literature (two novels plus extracts from major writers are read per semester). Poetry and drama are also discussed.
Course Code and Credits: Econ 301-302/Pol Sci 301-302 / 401-402 (1.5)
Course Title: French Economic and Business Environment / Le Monde des Affaires et Environnement Economique
Course Description:
The course draws on, and is supported by, current events, economic data, case studies and the press to show how French companies operate in an evolving global market. Subjects covered include political influence (local, national and international), working practices and conditions, legal requirements, the power of private enterprise etc.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 304 / 404 (spring only) (1.5)
Course Title: History of French Cinema / Histoire du Cinéma Français
Course Description:
Introduction to French cinema by concentrating on a chosen theme, director, actor or actress. Students view and discuss films showing the range of work of a particular director, actor or actress.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 311 / 411 (fall only) (1.5)
Course Title: History of Art in France / Initiation à l’Art Français
Course Description:
Movements and individual artists tracing the development of painting, French architecture and sculpture from the 17th century.
Course Code and Credits: French 205-206 (1.5)
Course Title: French and Francophone Literature / Littérature Française et Francophone
Course Description:
For students in French 201. Students read and discuss two or more novels per semester, in addition to studying examples of French poetry, drama and short stories. Students are introduced, via extracts, to the work of writers in other Frenchspeaking countries.
Course Code and Credits: History 311 /411 (1.5) fall only
Course Title: French History from 1789-1914 / Histoire de la France Contemporaine
Course Description:
Major social, political and economic developments in France from the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I.
Course Code and Credits: History 312 /412 (1.5) spring only
Course Title: French History from 1914 to the Present / Histoire de la France Contemporaine
Course Description:
Major historical events from 1914 to the present. Analysis of political, economic, social forces and institutions and their development.

Courses Taught in English and Exclusive to AIFS Students
Course Code and Credits: Business Administration 301 (3) spring only
Course Title: European Business Environment
Course Description:
The impact of the single market on the economic, social, political and legal environment of European business. The role of the European economic community, multinational companies, banking and finance, foreign exchange regulations, European marketing and the European consumer.
Course Code and Credits: History 305 (3)
Course Title: Franco-American Relations
Course Description:
This course traces the history of the close intellectual and political relationship between France and the U.S. from American Independence to the present.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science 325 (3) fall only
Course Title: The European Union
Course Description:
The development of unity within western Europe from 1945 to the present. Topics are: the historical context of union, the organization and functioning of existing institutions, the policymaking process with reference to key areas of commercial and economic cooperation and implications of the 1991 Maastricht Treaty. Questions about the type of unity Europeans want and possibility for further enlargement.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science 330 (3) spring only
Course Title: International Institutions
Course Description:
Dynamics of leading international organizations—origins, politics, structures and impact—focusing on the United Nations, OPEC, the International Atomic Energy Agency, international human rights and the European communities. Critical analysis of principal problems of public international institutions, reform movements and future directions of international institutions.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 360 (3)
Course Title: Multiculturalism and Modern France
Course Description:
This course concentrates on the multiculturalism of modern France, studying the historical background and contemporary reality of the various components of French society today. The example of Grenoble will be taken as an illustration of how different nationalities arrived in France at different times, and how a city has evolved with these changes.