Study Abroad in Grenoble, French Alps, France

Study Abroad in Grenoble, French Alps: Courses

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Courses at the CUEF
French Language and Culture Program

Recommended credits are shown in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the Université Grenoble Alpes (CUEF). AIFS recommends that students gain pre-approval for several levels of French from their home institution in the U.S. to ensure that credit is accepted for the course that they test into following the placement test.

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.

French Language Courses (Required)

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

Advanced French majors placing into French C1 are required to write a research paper (approximately 10 pages) with a cultural or social theme.

French Language Courses (Required)

French 201/B1 (8) | Intermediate French Language (Travaux Pratiques: Intermédiaire)

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.

French 301/B2-C1 (4) | Advanced French Language (Travaux Pratiques: Avancé )

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.

French 401/C1 (4) | University Level/Advanced French Language (Travaux Pratiques: Universitaire)

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 may not take French electives other than those recommended for their language level. Students wishing to receive an official university diploma for the semester in addition to the standard university transcript must take an additional French Language elective plus three French General Electives.

French Language Electives

French 210 (2) | French Vocabulary Enrichment / Vocabulaire et Langue Française

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.

French 310/410 (2) | French Vocabulary Enrichment / Vocabulaire et Langue Française

Expands and enriches 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 and 304. It is offered at the same time as French 303/403.

French 303/403 (2) | Introduction to Linguistics / Initiation à la Linguistique

The objective of this course is to 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. Takes place at the same time as French 310/410.

French 304/404 (2) | Written and Oral Expression / Techniques d’Expression Orale et Ecrite

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.

French General Electives

Students who place into 400 level French (C1) in addition to 2 CUEF general electives, may choose to take a class with French students. Please check with AIFS Admissions Officer for possible course options.

Econ 201-202/Pol Sci 201-202 (2) | Political Life in Modern France / Vie Politique de la France Contemporaine

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).

French 205-206 (1.5) | French and Francophone Literature / Littérature Française et Francophone

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.

French 217/218 (1.5) | Civilization and Mythologies

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).

French 215-216 (2) | French Culture and Society / Culture et Société Françaises

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.

French/Theater 315/316 (1.5) (exceptionally offered for both 200 and 300 level students) Storytelling, Theater and Poetry Workshop | Storytelling, Theater and Poetry Workshop

Using poetry, theater and story-telling, students are encouraged to develop and improve their French speaking ability. Each semester, students direct and act in a French play, aided by a professional actor. 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.

French 305-306/405-406 (2) | Contemporary French Literature / Littérature Contemporaine

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.

Econ 301-302/Pol Sci 301-302/401-402 (2) | French Economic and Business Environment / Le Monde des Affaires et Environnement Economique

Draws on 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.

Fine Arts 303-304/403-404 (2) spring only | History of French Cinema / Histoire du Cinéma Français

Introduction to French cinema by concentrating on a chosen theme, director, actor or actress.

Fine Arts 311-312 /411-412 (2) fall only | History of Art in France / Histoire de l’Art Français

Movements and individual artists tracing the development of painting, French architecture and sculpture during the 19th and 20th centuries.

History 311/411 (2) fall only | French History from 1789-1914 / Histoire de la France Contemporaine

Major social, political and economic developments in France from the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War I.

History 312412 (2) spring only | French History from 1914 to the Present / Histoire de la France Contemporaine

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

(Requires a minimum of 10 students.)

Business Administration 301 (3) spring only | European Business Environment

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.

History 305 (3) | Franco-American Relations

This course traces the history of the close intellectual and political relationship between France and the U.S. from American Independence to the present.

Political Science 325 (3) fall only | The European Union

Topics are: the historical context of union, the organization and functioning of existing institutions, the policy-making process regarding 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.

Political Science 330 (3) spring only | International Institutions

Dynamics of leading international organizations 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.

Sociology 360 (3) | Multiculturalism and Modern France

Concentrates on the multiculturalism of modern France, studying the historical background and contemporary reality of the various components of French society today. 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.