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FRNC2200: French and Francophone Literatures I

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit explores French and Francophone literary productions in the modern and contemporary periods. Through a focus on genres and sub-genres, students will study how authors determine, extend and disrupt categories such as fiction and non-fiction, and how they define and transform generic forms (short stories, novels, autobiographies, crime writing, diaries, graphic novels and/or artists' books) and transpose them into new cultural contexts and media. Using close studies and conceptual discussions, students develop theoretical and analytical tools and deepen their knowledge of literary productions in French from the late 18th century to the present.

Unit details and rules

Unit code FRNC2200
Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
FRNC2689 or FRNC2010 or FRNC2688 or FRNC3684 or FRNC2689
FRNC1632 or FRNC3002 or FRNC2633 or FRNC3633
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Carolyn Stott,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation Preparation and participation
pre-tutorial preparation; active tutorial participation
10% - throughout semester
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Oral Presentation (Plan)
plan of oral presentation in French detailing individual contribution
7.5% - equivalent to 750wd in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation group assignment Oral Presentation
Analysis in French of a short story
25% Multiple weeks equiv 1000wd in English 10min/student
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Oral Presentation (Reflection)
individual reflection in French on group presentation
7.5% Multiple weeks equivalent to 750wd in English
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Assignment Textual Analysis
textual analysis in French of short stories studied; 4x500wd OR 1x2000wd
50% Multiple weeks equivalent to 3500wd in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
group assignment = group assignment ?

Assessment summary

Details about this assessment task are available on the unit of study’s Canvas site.

Assessment criteria

Please refer to the Canvas site for all assessment details.

As per Faculty Assessment Procedure Policy, a penalty of -5% per calendar day late will be applied to all assessment tasks. Additionally, work will not be accepted after 10 days’ late submission, except in the case of Special Consideration and/or Academic Plans.

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:

As per Faculty Assessment Procedure Policy, a penalty of -5% per calendar day late will be applied to all assessment tasks. Additionally, work will not be accepted after 10 days’ late submission, except in the case of Special Consideration and/or Academic Plans.

Academic integrity

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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 Introduction au cours et à la notion du genre littéraire; le polar; la nouvelle comme genre Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 02 Le genre polar: l'histoire et les sous-genres; Vocabulaire du polar Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 03 Paris noir intra-muros I: Précieuse; le genre polar: les personnages; Comment faire une analyse de texte? Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Paris noir intra-muros II: La Vie en rose; Le genre polar: le cadre Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Banlieues parisiennes noires I: Sous le périphérique; Le genre polar: Les thèmes Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Banlieues parisiennes noires II: On a des yeux pour croire; Le genre polar: le style Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 no class (Good Friday public holiday) Individual study (2 hr)  
Week 08 Polar régional I: Marseille: Les Vivants au prix des morts Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Polar régional II: Marseille Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Polar francophone I: Bruxelles Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Polar francophone II: Haïti Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Polar francophone III: Beyrouth Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Bilan; Le polar: festivals et avenir Seminar (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Attendance and class requirements

There are no lectures for this unit of study; students are expected to attend all weekly seminars.

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.

Required readings

All required readings for this unit can be accessed online (On Canvas) or through Leganto, the University Library’s new eReading platform. Additional recommended readings are available from Short Loan in Fisher Library

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 knowledge of the conventions of French literary genres and their history
  • LO2. Develop an understanding of the relationship between cultural, social and political shifts and contemporary generic transformations
  • LO3. Discuss the effects of generic transformation and/or transposition on reading practices
  • LO4. Communicate complex ideas in French about genre and linguistic strategy in French literary productions
  • LO5. Construct a coherent, evidence-based argument through effective integration of textual analysis and proficient use of appropriate secondary sources in both written and oral form.

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.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

The unit content has been modified due to change in teaching staff. Modifications have also been made according to student feedback from the last iteration

In 2023 the unit will focus on French and Francophone detective fiction and the roman noir genre in its urban and regional forms.


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