AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Paris, France
Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
Course Descriptions


Upon arrival in Paris, students may select courses in English, French or both according to language ability and placement test results. Students must place into the advanced level to enroll in lecture courses. Recommended semester credits are in parentheses. Courses are subject to change at the discretion of the CCFS.

Optional Early Start: Intensive French Language and Culture Preparation in Cannes

The Early Start Option is 2 weeks in length and takes place in Cannes prior to the start of the Fall Quarter and the Spring Semester
in Paris. All levels of French are available.

Beginner French 100/A1 (2)
Elementary French 150/A2 (2)
Intermediate French 200/B1 (2)
Advanced French 300/B2 (2)
Superior French 400/C1 (2)
Experienced French 450/C2 (2)

French Language and Culture Program - Semester Courses

Students are placed into the appropriate level of French according to a placement test after arrival in Paris.

Course Code and Credits: French 101 (10)
Course Title: Beginner French + 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.
Course Code and Credits: French 151 (10)
Course Title: Elementary French + 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 (10)
Course Title: Intermediate French + Phonetics
Course Description:
Classes cover vocabulary, grammar, composition and textual analysis. Students work on describing their feelings, on giving explanations, justifications and opinions. Events in the past and future are recounted with ease. French literature is introduced.
Course Code and Credits: French 251 (10)
Course Title: Upper Intermediate French + Phonetics
Course Description:
Students taking this class work with professional documents and correspondence enabling them to tackle more complex themes while developing their analytical skills. They learn to advise, to debate and present a logical argumentation. French literature is studied and placed in its socio-historical context.
Course Code and Credits: French 301 (10)
Course Title: Advanced French + Phonetics
Course Description:
Reviewing and perfecting vocabulary, grammar, composition and textual analysis. Taken in conjunction with a phonetics class. An average of 12.5 hours per week for 10 weeks during Fall quarter or 12 weeks during the semesters including phonetics lab.
Course Code and Credits: French 401 (10)
Course Title: Superior French + Phonetics
Course Description:
Perfecting techniques already learned and acquiring a more sophisticated written and spoken style. Taken in conjunction with a phonetics class. An average of 12.5 hours per week for 10 weeks during Fall quarter or 12 weeks during the semesters including phonetics lab.
Course Code and Credits:
Course Title: Phonetics Laboratory
Course Description:
The French language course is always taught in conjunction with a Phonetic French course, the purpose of which is to give students a working knowledge of the language for everyday needs. Students are grouped together according to their French language level and according to common difficulties in pronunciation. Emphasis is on articulation at Beginner, Elementary and Intermediate levels. At Advanced level, students work on rhythm, continuity and intonation.

Electives Taught in English
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 310 (3) (Fall only)
Course Title: French Painting from the 17th to the 19th Century
Course Description:
The class examines the different French movements: academism, romanticism, orientalism and the influence on foreign painters such as Whistler and Sisley. Regular visits to Musée d’Orsay. Students pay some museum entrance fees.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 320 (3) (Spring only)
Course Title: Paris Through its Architecture and Painting
Course Description:
Growth patterns of the city from Roman times to the present, stressing history of art and architecture. Takes students around the city. Recommended for first semester students below the upper intermediate level. Enrollment is limited.
Course Code and Credits: French Literature/Cultural Studies 340 (3)
Course Title: French Literature and Civilization
Course Description:
This seminar explores the various intellectual, historical, political and social trends in France as well as artistic currents and movements from the beginning of the 19th century through World War One; the mutual influence and interdependence between poetry, music, painting and literature in general will be studied as one of the most important features of this period of time.
Course Code and Credits: Political Science/Literature 330 (3) (Fall only)
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 day. The course includes visits to Parisian locations described in the writings of various American authors.
Course Code and Credits: Sociology 350 (3) (Spring only)
Course Title: Multiculturalism and Modern France
Course Description:
What does it mean to be French? This is the key question raised in this class, the question of French “identity”. Through examination of migration and colonization, combined with visits to relevant museums, students consider the various cultures that coexist in today’s France, examining the challenges and issues that this “mutilculturalism” poses for the modern French state.

Electives Taught in French
Course Code and Credits: History/Art/Literature 330 (3)
Course Title: Histoire et Culture Française (French History and Culture)
Course Description:
This course focuses on three distinct areas; an overview of French history from Gaul to the 20th century, focusing on key periods in the nation’s development; an examination of key trends in the history of French art, considering movements such as impressionism, realism, romanticism and romanticism; French literature from the 19th century including an introduction to the great authors that have marked modern French literature.

Through lectures, classroom discussion and academic visits students will achieve a greater understanding of French history, culture and society.
Course Code and Credits: Art History 411/412 (1)
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 academism to cubism.
Course Code and Credits: Economics/Politics 409/410 (1)
Course Title: Approche de l’Actualité en France (Overview of 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 are studied as well as French diplomacy, economic growth, unemployment, political parties, immigration, education and culture.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 414 (1)
Course Title: Les courants artistiques en France aux 19ème et 20ème siècles (Artistic Trends in France in the 19th and 20th Century)
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: French Literature/French History 411 (1)
Course Title: Littérature et Civilisation Françaises: l’Age Classique: 17ème-18ème siècles (French Literature and Civilization: Classical Period 17th-18th centuries)
Course Description:
A study of major writers and works of the 17th and 18th centuries (Molière, Racine, Voltaire, Rousseau, Madame de Lafayette.) A cross-disciplinary perspective is taken so as to examine literature as a product of its social and historical contexts.
Course Code and Credits: Geography/Economics/Sociology 402 (1)
Course Title: Géographie culturelle et sociale de la France (Cultural and Social Geography of France)
Course Description:
Through thematic examination of the regions of France, this course takes a close look at the rapidly changing national landscape. In particular, students consider how a population’s perception of a region can influence those that live there and the political decisions made toward its development.
Course Code and Credits: History/Architecture 408 (1)
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: History/Architecture 409 (1)
Course Title: Paris des origines à la Révolution Française (Paris from its origins to the French Revolution)
Course Description:
A survey of 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: History/Politics/Economics 411 (1)
Course Title: La France et l’Europe (France and Europe)
Course Description:
Since France is one of the founding members of modern Europe, its economic, political and social trends are closely tied to events in Europe and decisions made in Brussels. The course considers France’s role in the broader political landscape of the European Union.
Course Code and Credits: History/Politics/Economics 412 (1)
Course Title: La France et l’Europe/La société française (France and Europe/French Society)
Course Description:
France is often under close international scrutiny for its stance on hot political topics such as secularism and social security, but who are the “French” whose ideas are put under the spotlight? Through analysis of contemporary history, students learn to separate the myth from the reality: achieving a greater understanding of French ideals and aspirations while dismantling the misconceptions that other nationalities might have of them.
Course Code and Credits: History/Sociology 411 (1)
Course Title: La Société Française du Moyen-Age à nos jours (French Society from the Middle Ages to the Present Day)
Course Description:
This course take a chronological look at French history, identifying particular periods or events that left a defining mark on French society. Through examination of The Hundred Years’ War, the French Revolution and the social upheaval of May 1968 for example, students obtain a greater understanding of the make-up of French society and the social, economic and historical motors that drive it.
Course Code and Credits: Literature 416 (1)
Course Title: Littérature générale et comparée (Comparative Literature)
Course Description:
From antiquity to the modern day, the Western world has a long tradition of story-telling. This course considers the emergence of fiction and the many components that contributed to it, such as fables, myths and folklore.

Courses Taught by Other Institutions

Fall semester and Spring semester students may substitute one of their elective courses at the Sorbonne for one of the courses listed below. Students receive transcripts or certificates authenticating work completed.

These institutions vary in accreditation status. Students should confirm the status of credit transfer with their home institutions.

The Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises is a department of the Catholic University of Paris. It is a private institution. recognized by the French Ministry of Higher Education. The transcript labeled ILCF, Institut Catholique de Paris lists the course title, class hours and the grade.

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 (ILCF)
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 307 (Fall/Spring) (3)
Course Title: Fashion in France 18th-21st century
Course Description:
Links between fashion and artistic, cultural and socio-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 pay some entrance fees for museums and exhibitions. Taught in English. Enrollment is limited.

Académie de Port Royal
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 301 (Fall/Spring) (1-4)
Course Title: Art in Studio (Painting, Sketching, Drawing)
Course Description:
The amount of credit granted depends on the work produced and hours spent at the Académie. Two sessions of 3 hours or three sessions of 2 hours per week. Taught in French. Students must pay a supplement in Paris of approximately 700 euros per semester and must buy course supplies (approx. 120 euros).

Schola Cantorum
Course Code and Credits: Music, Ballet, Theater 307 (Fall/Spring) (1-4)
Course Title: Instrument Study, Lyrics, Ballet
Course Description:
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. Instruments (except piano) are not provided. Students must pay a supplement. Fees depend on number of hours taken. Sessions are 30, 45 or 60 minutes.