AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Paris, France
Fall Semester 2010 and Spring Semester 2011
Course Descriptions

   

Students may select courses in English, French or both according to language ability and placement tests. Students must place into the advanced level to enroll in Sorbonne lecture courses. Recommended semester credits are in parentheses. Quarter students should reduce total credits by one-third. Courses taught in French with the same course content as the English equivalent have an "F" after the course number.

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Several courses are organized and taught by Cours de Civilisation Française instructors exclusively for AIFS students. Beginning, elementary and lower intermediate students should choose courses taught in English during the first semester in Paris. Advanced students in both semesters and full year students in the second semester should choose courses taught in French (see listings). These classes should not be confused with the regular Cours de Civilisation Française lecture series.

A minimum of 8 students is needed to confirm a course (classes usually have about 15 students). Each seminar meets 30 hours per semester plus 15 hours for directed study outside class. (These are 60-minute classes for 30 contact hours, equivalent to 36 hours of 50-minute classes). All levels of French language (cours pratiques and phonetics) meet considerably more hours—120 + 25 contact hours of 60-minute classes curing the semester, (100 + 15 during the quarter).

Beginning and elementary students must take the cours pratique in French and a seminar in English given by the Sorbonne each semester. Intermediate students must take the cours pratique in French and can take a seminar in English and/or in French. They should also plan to take two additional courses or seminars each semester. Full year students whose level of French is sufficient by the second semester will be encouraged to enroll in advanced courses. Advanced students must take one seminar in French the second semester.

French language courses for all foreign students

Placement is by test, regardless of previous study.

Fall and Spring Semester
Course Code and Credits: French 101 fall/spring (9)
Course Title: Elementary French I + phonetics
Course Description:
First year cours pratique in French grammar and writing practice for beginners and students with up to two years of college French. An average of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks including phonetics lab.
Course Code and Credits: French 151 fall/spring (9)
Course Title: Elementary French II + phonetics
Course Description:
This course reviews basic grammar and further studies the foundations of the French language. Many complex grammar points are considered, giving students a solid background in the language.
Course Code and Credits: French 201 fall/spring (9)
Course Title: Intermediate French + phonetics
Course Description:
An average of 12 hours a week for 12 weeks including phonetics lab. Vocabulary, grammar, composition and textual analysis.
Course Code and Credits: French 301 fall/spring (9)
Course Title: Advanced French I + phonetics
Course Description:
Meets for 12 hours a week. Vocabulary, grammar, composition and textual analysis.
Course Code and Credits: French 401 fall/spring (9)
Course Title: Advanced French II + phonetics
Course Description:
Meets for 12 hours a week. Perfecting techniques already learned and acquiring a more sophisticated written and spoken style.

Special advanced level courses in conjunction with the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie

French 307/ 407/408 fall/spring (9)
French 307 Certificat de Français Professionnel
French 407 Diplôme de Français des Affaires-1er degré
French 408 Diplôme de Français des Affaires-2è degré

Practical study of the French language (6 hours per week) and phonetics (20 hours per semester) with study of French business terminology (four hours per week). Students wishing to enroll for these one semester courses must be in Advanced French II or Advanced French I. During the fall semester, the Chambre de Commerce exam is held in January, so fall quarter students enrolled in this course cannot take it.

Special advanced level and honors courses (Sorbonne only)
Course Code and Credits: French 409 fall/spring (9)
Course Title:
Course Description:
The Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne also organizes a university level course of study leading to the Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes de Civilisation Française (option littéraire).
Course Code and Credits: French 450 Advanced Independent Study fall/spring (9)
Course Title: Honors Research Seminar in French Studies
Course Description:
Students must write a research paper (between 15,000 and 20,000 words) on a subject related to French civilization (history, art, literature) under a supervision of a Sorbonne Director of Research.

Seminars in English for AIFS students

Fall Semester
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 319 (3)
Course Title: Architectural History of Paris
Course Description:
Growth patterns of the city from Roman times to the present, stressing history of art and architecture. Takes students around the city. Students must pay entrance fees. Recommended for first semester students below the advanced level.
Course Code and Credits: French Lit. 305 (3)
Course Title: French Literature in Translation
Course Description:
Emphasizes 17th and 18th century literature in the fall semester, and the 19th century and modern French novel in the spring.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science/Literature 360 (3)
Course Title: Franco-American Relations from Lafayette to Today
Course Description:
This course traces the history of the close intellectual and political relationship between France and the US from American independence to the present day.
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies/Literature 316 (3)
Course Title: Civilization, literature and the Paris Landscape
Course Description:
Through the study of books, poems and plays, this course aims to give a broad chronological background to the Parisian landscape. Students learn to connect the past to the present, to link the fact to fiction whilst discovering some of the nation’s most famous works of art and literature relating them to the monuments of the French capital.

Spring Semester
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 319 (3)
Course Title: Architectural History of Paris
Course Description:
Growth patterns of the city from Roman times to the present, stressing history of art and architecture. Takes students around the city. Students must pay entrance fees. Recommended for first semester students below the advanced level.
Course Code and Credits: French Lit. 306 (3)
Course Title: French Literature in Translation
Course Description:
Emphasizes 17th and 18th century literature in the fall semester, and the 19th century and modern French novel in the spring.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science/Literature 360 (3)
Course Title: Franco-American Relations from Lafayette to Today
Course Description:
This course traces the history of the close intellectual and political relationship between France and the US from American independence to the present day.
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.
Course Code and Credits: Cultural Studies/Literature 316 (3)
Course Title: Civilization, literature and the Paris Landscape
Course Description:
Through the study of books, poems and plays, this course aims to give a broad chronological background to the Parisian landscape. Students learn to connect the past to the present, to link the fact to fiction whilst discovering some of the nation’s most famous works of art and literature relating them to the monuments of the French capital.

Seminars in French for AIFS students

These electives are organized and taught by instructors of the Sorbonne exclusively for AIFS students. A minimum of 8 students is needed to confirm a course.

Fall Semester
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts/French/History 313F (3)
Course Title: Civilisation Française (French Civilization)
Course Description:
Major historical, artistic and literary trends and the relationships of artistic and literary works to the special political and economic evolution of the French state. Recommended for all fall semester advanced level students. Continues in the spring semester as Fine Arts/History/French 314.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 319F (3)
Course Title: Paris: Son Architecture, Son Histoire (Paris: Its Architecture and History)
Course Description:
This is the same as Fine Arts 319 but taught in French. Recommended for advanced and full year students in the spring. Enrollment is limited.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 328 (3)
Course Title: La Peinture Française aux 16ème et 18ème Siècles (French Painting in the 16th and 18th Centuries)
Course Description:
Survey of French painting from Renaissance to the end of the 18th century. Regular Louvre museum visits. Students pay museum entrance fees.

Spring Semester
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts/History/French 314 (3)
Course Title: Civilisation Française (French Civilization)
Course Description:
French society and artistic movements in the tumultuous 18th century. Political and artistic changes in the 19th century. Study of 20th century developments. Recommended for all advanced and full year students, but not for students entering the program in the spring semester below the advanced level.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 319F (3)
Course Title: Paris: Son Architecture, Son Histoire (Paris: Its Architecture and History)
Course Description:
This is the same as Fine Arts 319 but taught in French. Recommended for advanced and full year students in the spring. Enrollment is limited.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 329 (3)
Course Title: Du Réalisme au Post-Impressionnisme: la Peinture Française de 1850 à 1900 (From Realism to Post Impressionism: French Painting from 1850 to 1900)
Course Description:
The class examines the different French movements: academism, romanticism, orientalism and the influence on foreign painters such as Whistler, Sisley. Regular visits to Musée d’Orsay. Students pay museum entrance fees.
Course Code and Credits: French Lit. 310
Course Title: Le Roman et la Poésie aux 19ème et 20ème Siècles (19th and 20th Century French Novels and Poetry)
Course Description:
Development of modern French literature through the analysis of 19th and 20th century prose and poetry. Poetry and the novel are explored through the major ideas of romanticism, realism, surrealism, symbolism and existentialism.

Lecture courses in French for all foreign students

Please note these courses are not open to quarter students and are subject to change at short notice.

Fall Semester
Course Code and Credits: Art History 411 (3)
Course Title: Histoire de l’Art Français (French Art History)
Course Description:
Movements and individual artists and the development of paint¬ing, architecture and sculpture in France. The first semester covers the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The second semester covers modern French art from the academics to cubism..
Course Code and Credits: Lit./French 411 fall (3)
Course Title: Littérature et Civilisation Françaises l’Age Classique: 17ème-18ème siècles (French Literature and Civilization : classical period 17th-18th centuries)
Course Description:
A cross-disciplin¬ary perspective is taken so as to examine literature as a product of its social, historical, ideological contexts. Study of major writers and works of the 17th and 18th centuries. (Molière, Racine, Voltaire, Rousseau, Madame de La Fayette).
Course Code and Credits: History 409 (3)
Course Title: Paris de origines à la Révolution Française (Paris from its origins to the French Revolution)
Course Description:
A survey of the town development from the Roman period through the Middle-Ages until the 18th century. Study of the royal collections at the Louvre as well as of the major monuments on the left and right bank of the Seine.
Course Code and Credits: Eco./Pol 409 (3)
Course Title: Approche de l’Actualité en France (Overview of the French current affairs)
Course Description:
Analysis of France’s economic and social policy. Domestic policy and France’s relationship with other European countries and the third world. French diplomacy, economic growth, unemployment.
Course Code and Credits: Hist./Pol./Eco 411 (3)
Course Title: La France et l’Europe (France and Europe)
Course Description:
French society has experienced social, political, economic and cultural upheaval for centuries. Fall semester studies the ancient regime to the Revolution.
Course Code and Credits: Eco./Geo 401 (3)
Course Title: Géographie économique et sociale de la France (French economic and social geography)
Course Description:
This course considers the relationship between the French population and the land they cultivate, develop, live on. Through the examination of industry, the environment, population growth and climate change, students unravel the legacy of the industrial Revolution and look at how France can continue to develop in the 21st century in a responsible way.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 411 (3)
Course Title: La société française du Moyen-Age à nos jours (French society from the Middle-Age to today)
Course Description:
The course takes a chronological look at the French history, identifying particular periods or events that left a defining mark on French society. Through examination of the Hundred Year’s War, the French Revolution and the social upheaval of May 1968, students obtain a greater understanding of the make-up of French society and the social, economic, historical motors that drive it.
Course Code and Credits: Philosophy 411 (3)
Course Title: Mythes et pensées modernes (Myths and modern thought)
Course Description:
Through the study of art, literature and philosophy, this course traces the history of thought from the Renaissance to the modern day. Examining some great paradoxes of our times such as great humanity alongside great barbarity, students consider modern attitudes and ideas from a historical and philosophical point of view.

Spring Semester
Course Code and Credits: Art History 412 (3)
Course Title: Histoire de l’Art Français (French Art History)
Course Description:
Movements and individual artists and the development of painting, architecture and sculpture in France. The first semester covers the art of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The second semester covers modern French art from the academics to cubism.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 414 (3)
Course Title: Les courant artistiques en France aux 19éme et 20éme siècles (Artistic trends in France in the 19th and 20th centuries)
Course Description:
This course covers the innovation brought to visual arts by the different avant-garde movements of the 19th century. The course will focus predominantly on painting although major sculptures and the links between architecture and industry will also be covered.
Course Code and Credits: Lit./French 416 (3)
Course Title: Littérature Française des 19ème et 20ème siècles (French Literature of the 19th and 20th centuries)
Course Description:
This course looks in particular at the French autobiography of the 20th century, relating it back to the literature of the previous hundred years. It examins the relationship between the writer as an author and the writer as a man. From this perspective, movements such as surrealism and existentialism are considered.
Course Code and Credits: History 408 (3)
Course Title: Paris
Course Description:
The aim of this course is to illustrate how each period of time has contributed to the scenery of Paris. This chronological study is divided into five parts: origins; medieval period; “modern time”; 19th century and 20th century. The course includes study of people and areas of the city (Montmartre, Montparnasse, public parks and gardens, les Halles and Hector Guimard).
Course Code and Credits: Hist./Pol./Eco 412 (3)
Course Title: La France et l’Europe: La Société Française (France and Europe: French Society)
Course Description:
A continuation of 411, the course aims to examine the nature of French society through the study of contemporary social, economical and political issues that illustrate the complexity of modern day France. Topics such as immigration, healthcare, France’s position in Europe are studied.
Course Code and Credits: Eco./Geo 401/402 (3)
Course Title: Géographie économique et sociale de la France (French economic and social geography)
Course Description:
This course considers the relationship between the French population and the land they cultivate, develop, live on. Through the examination of industry, the environment, population growth and climate change, students unravel the legacy of the industrial Revolution and look at how France can continue to develop in the 21st century in a responsible way.

Courses available at other institutions in Paris

Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF)

The University of London Institute in Paris

Académie de Port Royal

Schola Cantorum

Students may take one or two courses at these institutions. Except in special circumstances, a minimum of 8 is needed for a course. Students receive transcripts or certificates authenticating work completed.

These institutions vary in accreditation status.

The Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises is a private institution. It is recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education. It provides a certificate and has University status as it is a part of the Institut Catholique de Paris.

The University of London Institute in Paris is a joint institute of both the University of London and the Université de Paris and, therefore, has university status.

The Académie de Port Royal is a private art school not of university status in France. Students wishing to transfer credit for Port Royal courses should check with their home institutions.

The Schola Cantorum is a private music school in Paris.

Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 307 fall/spring (3)
Course Title: Fashion in France
Course Description:
Links between fashion and artistical, cultural, social-political contexts across French history are explored. The lasting dominance of Paris in the world of fashion is examined. Students will be able to appreciate how fashion and accessories have been used to express all types of identities. Students visit exhibitions and museums including the Louvre and the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation.
Course Code and Credits: Philosophy 380 fall/spring (3)
Course Title: French philosophy through 17th-20th centuries
Course Description:
This course is conceived as a survey. It will therefore provide an insight into the major authors of the modern and contemporary French period from Descartes to René Girard. The second objective of the course is to help the students to enlarge their philosophical understanding on topics as diverse as knowledge and human mind, society and law rationalism and metaphysics, relationship with others, violence and sacrifice. Students may have to purchase textbooks for approximately €50 .

The University of London Institute in Paris
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 300 fall/spring (3)
Course Title: French Painting
Course Description:
The French Impressionist movement, its origins, major exponents and derivative tendencies in modern art. Taught in English, it meets 30 hours (60 minute classes). Students pay some museum entrance fees. Louvre is free. Enrolment is limited.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 306 spring only (3)
Course Title: Readings in French Cinema
Course Description:
Survey of French cinema from the poetic realism of the 1930s to the present. Although the course is taught in English, a good oral comprehension of French is required as film showings are in French. It meets 35 hours (60 minute classes). Enrolment is limited. Films with English subtitles.

Académie de Port Royal
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 321 fall/spring (1-4)
Course Title: Art in Studio
Course Description:
Painting, drawing, sketching, the amount of credit granted depends on the work produced and hours spent at the Académie. Two sessions of three hours per week or three sessions of two hours. Students must pay a supplement in Paris of €700 per session.

Schola Cantorum
Course Code and Credits: Music 307 fall/spring (1-4)
Course Title: Instrument Study
Course Description:
May be taken only with consent of the Resident Director. Placement is by examination, except for beginners. Instruction in French is at the student’s expense. Credit granted depends on the work produced and hours spent at the Schola. Students must pay a supplement in Paris, depending on number of hours taken.

Special Courses

A special program organized jointly by the Sorbonne and the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris is available in Paris for Business Administration students at the advanced levels of French who wish, as a part of their major, to do advanced studies in France. Admission is contingent on a written placement test.

The program is especially valuable for students specializing in any aspect of international commerce or economics and who already have a strong background in the French language. Students take courses leading to the Certificat de Français Professionnel or the Diplôme de Français des Affaires - 1er degré or - 2è degré.

The program of study combines intensive language courses (cours pratiques) with additional study in business French. (It is not possible to take only the business courses). These courses are cours pratiques which replace the standard cours pratiques required of all students. Students are also required to take a Sorbonne seminar in French as part of the program in Paris.

Examinations leading to the Certificat and the Diplôme are given by both the Sorbonne and the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris. Students must take both sets of exams to receive the qualification and will receive certificates from both of these prestigious institutions. The Sorbonne exam grade goes on the transcript, but the Chambre de Commerce exam grade does not. The Chambre de Commerce charges an exam fee of approximately 120 euros (at the student’s expense).

The Chamber of Commerce exams may be held after the end of the regular semester. In this case students are responsible for their own housing up to the time of the exam.

French 307/French 407 fall/spring (9)
Certificat de Français Professionnel or Diplôme de Français des Affaires-1er degré
Practical study of the French language (six hours per week) and phonetics (20 hours per semester) with study of French business terminology (four hours per week). Students wishing to enroll for these one semester courses must be in Advanced French II or Advanced French I. During the fall semester, the Chambre de Commerce exam is held in January, so fall quarter students enrolled in this course cannot take it.

French 408 fall/spring (9)
Diplôme de Français des Affaires-2ème Degré

Students must be seniors or graduate students and pass the entrance exam given for the Section Pré-Universitaire (annual or semestrial). Emphasis is on the theory of French economics and commerce and practical applications in the French business world. It is for students with university-level French. This option is not open to fall quarter students.

Sorbonne Only
Course Code and Credits: French 409 fall/spring (9)
Course Title: Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes de Civilisation Française (Option Littéraire)
Course Description:
Students must be seniors or graduate students and pass the entrance exam given for the Section Pré-Universitaire (annual or semestrial). This section includes practical courses as well as lectures and literary seminars, and is also open to teachers. Transcripts are issued by the Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne. This option is not open to fall quarter students. Honors level courses for advanced language students Students at the advanced level of French and with a GPA of 3.0 or above may take the following courses in the Honors Program. These courses are not open to quarter students. The program is subject to change at short notice.
Course Code and Credits: Advanced Independent Study 450 fall/spring (9)
Course Title: Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes de Civilisation Française (Honors in French)
Course Description:
Students must write a research paper (between 15,000 and 20,000 words) on a subject related to French civilization (history, art, literature) under the supervision of a Sorbonne Director of Research.

Non-credit courses
Course Code and Credits: Non-credit (-)
Course Title: French Cooking
Course Description:
Basic techniques and regional variety of French cuisine. Taught in a Parisian apartment where dishes are prepared and sampled by students. Recipes are provided. Fee of approximately 210 euros (payable on arrival) for the three, 2-hour sessions must be paid on arrival. Taught in English. Held only if a minimum of six students enroll. This course gives students the chance to get first hand experience of French cooking, both in the kitchen and around the table, enjoying the fruits of their labours together at the end of each session. Taught by an experienced chefs and passionate cook, students will learn how to blend the sauces and select the fresh produce that have made French cuisine an art of worldwide acclaim. The course is taught in English.
Course Code and Credits: Non-credit (-)
Course Title: Wine Appreciation
Course Description:
This course introduces students to the art of wine-making, covering its history and the development of France's extensive wine laws and teaching some of the key techniques used in the appreciation and analysis of fine wines. Students are provided with a bilingual manual to accompany them in their studies and will consider how regional foods and wines have become an integral part of French culture. The course is taught in English. Fee of approximately 120€ is payable on arrival. A minimum enrolment of 12 students required.