AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Paris (Catholic University of Paris, ILCF), France
Summer 2016
Course Descriptions


All students are required to take French. Language classes are held in the morning, Monday through Friday. Session 1 usually also has classes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Placement is determined by a test taken prior to arrival in Paris and an oral test taken upon arrival regardless of previous French study. All students must take a French language course.

A minimum enrollment of 10 students is needed to confirm an elective course.

French Language Courses (Mandatory)

Session 1 courses carry 5 credits and Session 2 courses carry 4 credits.
Course Code and Credits: French 131 (5) (4)
Course Title: French Language - Beginner
Course Description:
The Beginner classes introduce students to the rudiments of the French language. They learn to introduce themselves, to give and respond to simple greetings, to express their nationality and age. Vocabulary work focuses on color, clothes, the family, the calendar and items encountered in the home. Working in the present tense, students learn to buy, order and pay for things as well as to express their likes and dislikes.
Course Code and Credits: French 132 (5) (4)
Course Title: French Language - Elementary
Course Description:
The Elementary French classes aim to teach students to understand simple phrases that they will encounter in daily life. They learn to answer basic questions and to ask for information on familiar subjects. Students discuss their habits, daily activities and personal experience and learn to give opinions. They are able to make comparisons and use both the simple future and simple past tenses.
Course Code and Credits: French 232 (5) (4)
Course Title: French Language - Intermediate
Course Description:
At this level students learn to grasp the meaning of more detailed information through discussion of topics such as their studies, family ties, the work environment and social relationships. They are able to use the conditional as well as more complex future and past tenses, including the subjunctive. They can give orders, express doubts and feelings, relate what someone else has told them and discuss hypothetical situations.
Course Code and Credits: French 332 (5) (4) / French 432 (5) (4)
Course Title: French Language - Advanced/French Language - Superior
Course Description:
Advanced students learn to interact naturally and with spontaneity when conversing with native speakers, being able to express the subtleties of their feelings and thoughts. They work at associating facts and ideas, moving with fluency between tenses and learning to alter their register to suit a given situation. In debates and discussions students aim to make convincing and structured arguments backed up by concrete examples. They discuss politics, the economy and history, comparing different written and spoken styles. Superior French furthers and develops upon the material covered in Advanced French.

Session 2 Electives (taught in English)

Electives are held in the afternoon. Students have the option of taking one elective taught in English. Each elective course is recommended for 2 semester credits. All electives are subject to a minimum of 10 students.

Course Code and Credits: Economics/Political Science 309 (2)
Course Title: Politics and the Economy in France and Europe today
Course Description:
The French Republic is a complex web of institutions and administrative bodies that can seem quite impregnable to the outsider. Through examination of the French Revolution and analysis of the values it upheld, students are able to untangle the French political system and achieve a better understanding of the workings of the State. Through study of the trade unions, the media, and the educational system and in comparing these apparatus to those of other European countries, students learn to place France as a distinct socio/ political entity on the European and indeed global map.
Course Code and Credits: Fine Arts 301 (2)
Course Title: Modern and Contemporary Art in France in the 20th Century
Course Description:
Taking a chronological look at 20th century art, from Impressionism to the emergence of Installation Art, this course identifies the main artistic trends that marked the century and examines their significance to the history of art as a whole. During visits to important museums (the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, for example), students will be able to appreciate for themselves the stylistic features discussed and learn to place them in a historical and social context.