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FRNC2100: French and Francophone Visual Cultures 1

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit will explore how visual cultures have interacted with society in the French and Francophone worlds from 1945 until today. It will examine how key socio-political and cultural events have been represented in film and visual arts and, in turn, how they have shaped social realities since the end of the Second World War. In this unit, students will explore major concepts, theories and methods to examine and analyse French and Francophone cultures as expressed through film and visual arts.

Unit details and rules

Unit code FRNC2100
Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
FRNC2802 or FRNC2681 or FRNC3690 or FRNC3693
FRNC1632 or FRNC2633 or FRNC3002 or FRNC3626 or FRNC3633
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Caroline Lipovsky,
Lecturer(s) Caroline Lipovsky,
Clara Sitbon,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Seminar preparation & Class participation
Seminar preparation & Class participation
10% Ongoing N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation Oral presentation: Pecha Kucha
Viva voce
30% Ongoing eq.1,800wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Research Project - part 1
Critical path
2% Week 04
Due date: 05 Sep 2021 at 00:00
eq. 200 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment group assignment Research Project - part 2
Annotated bibliography
8% Week 08
Due date: 10 Oct 2021 at 00:00
eq. 600wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Dissertation Essay
30% Week 12
Due date: 07 Nov 2021 at 00:00
eq 2,100 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment group assignment Research Project - part 3
Viva voce
20% Week 13 eq 1,300 wds
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary




Individual/Group Assessment Type Assessment Length Weight Due date

Seminar preparation & Class participation


Individual Participation n/a 10% Ongoing

Oral presentation: Pecha Kucha


Individual Viva Voce/Oral 6 minutes and 40 seconds 30% Weeks 4-12 (Thursday tute)



Individual Online submission eq 2,100 wds 30% Sunday 7 November 23:59 (Week 12)

Research Project - part 1: presentation plan


Group Online submission

eq 200 wds per student

2% Sunday 5 September 23:59 (Week 4)

Research Project - part 2: annotated bibliography

Group Online submission eq 600 wds per student 8% Sunday 10 October 23:59 (Week 8)

Research Project - part 3: class presentation

Group Viva voce eq 1,300 wds per student 20% Tutorial 1 or 2, Week 13


Please note that all assessment tasks are compulsory, and must be attempted in order to pass the unit of study.  

Assessment criteria

All assessment must be completed.

Result code

Result name

Mark range



High distinction

85 - 100

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.



75 - 84

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.



65 - 74

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.



50 - 64

Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard, as defined by grade descriptors or exemplars outlined by your faculty or school.



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5% per calendar day

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Présentation du cours, et cadre théorique de l'analyse de l'image Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 02 Représentation des personnes racisées dans les arts visuels Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 BLM et culture de l'annulation en France: quand les oeuvres artistiques enflamment les débats de société. Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 L'altérité, la (double) appartenance culturelle Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 Représentations des figures emblématiques de BLM et controverses contemporaines (Assia Traoré) Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 06 Représentation de l'ethnicité dans le paysage linguistique (1): les magasins ethniques Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 07 Représentations de l'identité dans le paysage linguistique (2): l'art du graffiti en Corse Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 08 Représentations de la citoyenneté dans les clips vidéo de la Marseillaise Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 09 Migration(s): le départ, l'arrivée, le retour (en vacances) Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 10 Le rap comme lieu de représentations des voix marginalisées et de leurs combats: d'IAM à Gaël Faye. Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 11 Représentations féministes dans la BD: les femmes racisées Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 12 Les femmes racisées, la BD, et la perception/réception du public français et francophone Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 13 Présentations orales (projet de recherche) Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

as per Coursework policy 2014

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of visual cultures in French and Francophone contexts,
  • LO2. understand the interactions between socio-political and cultural events,
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theories and methods useful to analyse French and Francophone cultures,
  • LO4. undertake research in visual arts.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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