French (2019)

The French programme offers papers in language, literature, linguistics, civilisation and translation. Students majoring in French will acquire a good grounding in the core areas of the subject that will prepare them for graduate studies in French. The University has exchange agreements with several French universities, and students are encouraged to undertake a semester of study in France. French may be usefully combined with subjects outside the BA, including Law, Management, Music and Science. Students intending to pursue a career in secondary language teaching should enrol in another language as well.

French is available as a specialisation within the International Languages and Cultures major. Details of the requirements for the French language specialisation can be found under International Languages and Cultures. French is also available as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

The point of entry into the French programme depends on previous experience. Those with no previous experience of French take FRNCH131 and FRNCH132. Students normally take both papers in a single year and take FRNCH231 and FRNCH232 in the following year. Students with some experience of French (Year 11 or equivalent) will begin with FRNCH132. Students with 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA French, or equivalent, will gain direct entry into FRNCH231. Students with excellent results at Level 2 in NCEA French, or equivalent, may, at the discretion of the Convenor of French, begin with FRNCH231.

Note: Students interested in studying French for their major can do so through International Languages and Cultures. Students who commenced a major in French in 2010 or prior should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office for advice.


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  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Fren) and GradDip(Fren)

    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included French at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Fren), PGDip(Fren), BA(Hons) and MA

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate French papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level French papers or all their undergraduate French papers.

    To complete a BA(Hons) in French, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally FRNCH591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for French.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in French, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BA with a major in International Languages and Cultures: French pathway (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level French papers or all of their undergraduate French papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) in French (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division).

    Completion requirements for the MA in French vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including one of FRNCH501, FRNCH510 or FRNCH524, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

    Students are advised to consult with the Convenor of French about their programme of study.

  • Prescriptions for the MPhil

    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • Prescriptions for the PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

  • 100 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FRNCH131French for Beginners 119A (Hamilton)
    Students with no prior knowledge of French will acquire basic written and oral communicative skills for everyday situations, corresponding to level A1 of the Common European Framework of reference for Languages.
    FRNCH132French for Beginners 219B (Hamilton)
    This paper develops the skills acquired in FRNCH131 and takes students to level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This is the appropriate entry point for students with two years' secondary school study of French.
    INTLC101International Languages and Cultures19A (Hamilton)
    A cultural perspectives paper with a thematic focus on China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FRNCH231French Language Intermediate 119A (Hamilton)
    Building on prior knowledge of French, this paper uses internet documents with a recent textbook. It takes students partway towards level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    FRNCH232French Language Intermediate 219B (Hamilton)
    This paper extends knowledge of French acquired in FRNCH231 and takes students to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    INTLC222European and Latin American Cultures: Tradition and Modernity19B (Hamilton)
    This paper explores aspects of European and Latin American cultures, history and society. This paper is taught in English and is open to all students, including those who have no prior knowledge of French and Spanish.
  • 300 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FRNCH317French Culture from Versailles to the Revolution19A (Hamilton)
    A study of France's literary, social, and historical movements from the Golden Age of Versailles through to the Enlightenment and the Revolution it inspired.
    FRNCH321Translation Methodology and Practice19B (Hamilton)
    This paper applies translation theory, methodology and ethics to a variety of contexts including journalism and subtitling.
    FRNCH331French Language Advanced 119A (Hamilton)
    This paper strengthens French language skills and introduces different registers such as formal and familiar French. It aims to take students to upper level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    FRNCH332French Language Advanced 219B (Hamilton)
    This paper develops advanced French using extended study of current affairs dossiers in a journalistic context. It aims to take students part way towards level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
    FRNCH380Study Abroad: French Language Intensive19T (Block)
    This paper will enable students who have passed the intensive suummer school course in French offered by the University of New Caledonia to credit this study to their degree.
    FRNCH390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19S (Hamilton)
    At the discretion of the relevant Programme Convenor, students undertake independent but guided research on a topic of the student's choice
    INTLC380Study Abroad 119C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    INTLC381Study Abroad 219C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    INTLC382Study Abroad 319C (Block)
    This paper will enable students to undertake appropriate individual study abroad programmes as part of their undergraduate degree. Each study programme should have a significant component of time spent offshore, with a series of assessments being agreed in advance with the paper convenor.
    INTLC390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
    At the discretion of the relevant Programme Convenor, students undertake independent but guided research on a topic of the student's choice
  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FRNCH502A Topic in French Literature: Amelie Nothomb19A (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    FRNCH510Advanced Methodology of Translation19B (Hamilton)
    This paper involves an advanced translation project.
    FRNCH524Special Topic19B (Hamilton), 19C (Hamilton) & 19Y (Hamilton)
    Usually taken by the student on exchange at the University of Avignon, this paper involves research carried out in France.
    FRNCH525Work Placement19C (Hamilton)
    This paper enables students to gain work experience in a French organisation, most likely a school or university.
    FRNCH590Directed Study19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    FRNCH591Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    FRNCH592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    FRNCH593French Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    FRNCH594French Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
  • 800 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FREN800French MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FREN900French PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 15 November 2018 2:19pm

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