French (2020)

The French programme offers papers in language, literature, culture and translation. 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 Education, Law, Management, Music and Science.

French is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major. Details of the requirements for the French language pathway 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 start with FRNCH131. Students with some experience of French (Year 11 or equivalent) start with FRNCH132. Students with 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA French, or equivalent, 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.


On this page


  • 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 120A (Hamilton)
    Learn the basics of written and spoken French communication including greetings, family, city life and daily routines. No previous knowledge of French is needed.
    FRNCH132French for Beginners 220B (Hamilton)
    Deepen your knowledge of French from FRNCH131 or two years' secondary study in a range of contexts including past events, travel and careers.
    INTLC101International Languages and Cultures20B (Hamilton) & 20G (Online)
    A cultural perspectives paper with a thematic focus on languages and cultures of China, France, Japan, Spain and Latin America.
  • 200 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FRNCH231French Language Intermediate 120A (Hamilton)
    Building on prior knowledge of French, this paper you will help you to work toward level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and learn about the French-speaking world
    FRNCH232French Language Intermediate 220B (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 Modernity20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
    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
    FRNCH305History and Variation of French20A (Hamilton)
    This paper covers the development of the French language as well as minority languages in France and varieties of French around the world.
    FRNCH321Translation Methodology and Practice20B (Hamilton)
    This paper applies translation theory, methodology and ethics to a variety of contexts including journalism and subtitling.
    FRNCH331French Language Advanced 120A (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 220B (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 Intensive20G (Block)
    This paper will enable students who have passed the intensive summer school course in French offered by the University of New Caledonia to credit this study to their degree.
    FRNCH390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20S (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 120X (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 Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20D (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 Nothomb20A (Hamilton)
    No description available.
    FRNCH510Advanced Methodology of Translation20B (Hamilton)
    This paper involves an advanced translation project.
    FRNCH524Special Topic20B (Hamilton), 20D (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
    This paper involves research carried out in France, usually while working as a teaching assistant or on exchange with a partner university
    FRNCH525Work Placement20X (Hamilton)
    This paper enables students to gain work experience in a French organisation, most likely a school or university.
    FRNCH590Directed Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
    Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
    FRNCH591Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    FRNCH592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    FRNCH593French Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    FRNCH594French Thesis20X (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 Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.
  • 900 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    FREN900French PhD Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    No description available.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 20 November 2019 2:21pm

This page has been reformatted for printing.