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FRNC2625: Visions of Francophone Worlds

Semester 2, 2022 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

This unit is required for the major in the French and Francophone Studies introductory and intermediate streams. It explores how French and Francophone societies have evolved from the early 20th century to the present, and how visions of the Francophone worlds continue to shift across time and space. By examining literary texts, artworks, films and/or theoretical essays, students develop reading and critical skills in French. With this unit, students examine how French and Francophone identities and cultures have been shaped and upheaved by key political, social and cultural shifts in the past and present centuries.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Lea Vuong,
Lecturer(s) Lea Vuong,
Tutor(s) Josephine Goldman,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Oral presentation
Viva voce
30% Ongoing Eq. 1,000wd
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Research Project
Research Project
35% Week 09
Due date: 09 Oct 2022 at 23:59
Eq. 2,500wd in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Essay
35% Week 13
Due date: 06 Nov 2022 at 23:59
Eq. 2,500wd in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Assessment summary

Assignment summary:

1 individual oral presentation (30%) in class tutorials

1 individual research project (35%) due on Week 9

1 individual essay (35%) due on Week 13

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



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:

Faculty rules on late penalties apply.

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 Introduction : La France et les clichés Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO6 LO7
Week 02 Introduction : Histoire et image de la photographie en France Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 03 Pouvoir de la photographie 1 : La photo, un outil politique ? Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 04 Pouvoir de la photographie 2 : La photo peut-elle tout montrer ? Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Photographie et Histoire 1 : La photographie comme document Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Photographie et Histoire 2: La photographie comme fiction Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Photographie et art 1 : La photographie vue par les Surréalistes Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 08 Préparation au projet de recherche Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 09 Photographie et art 2 : La photographie et la mode Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 10 Photographier l'espace 1 : Territoires et frontières en France Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO6 LO7
Week 11 Photographier l'espace 2 : Centres et marges en France Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO6 LO7
Week 12 Photographier le corps 1 : Regards français sur "l'autre" Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Photographier le corps 2 : L'intime et le social Lecture and tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO6 LO7

Attendance and class requirements

  • Attendance: According to Faculty Board Resolutions, students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences are expected to attend 90% of their classes. If you attend less than 50% of classes, regardless of the reasons, you may be referred to the Examiner’s Board. The Examiner’s Board will decide whether you should pass or fail the unit of study if your attendance falls below this threshold.

  • Preparation: Students should commit to spend approximately three hours’ preparation time (reading, studying, homework, essays, etc.) for every hour of scheduled instruction.

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. acquire in-depth knowledge of French society & culture
  • LO2. develop key critical skills (visual and textual analysis)
  • LO3. present ideas in a rigorous and convincing manner
  • LO4. develop ideas in a structured manner, formulate and solve theoretical issues
  • LO5. build up research methodologies and tools in French
  • LO6. understand and analyse relations between cultural/artistic objects and social events
  • LO7. engage with cultural diversity of French and Francophone societies

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

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