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FRNC3100: French and Francophone Visual Cultures 2

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit of study examines major French and Francophone theories that discuss power, gender and ethnicity in the 20th and 21st centuries. This unit will explore how such theories have analysed and transformed ways of thinking, living and creating in the French and Francophone worlds. Students will study and discuss theoretical concepts in dialogue with visual cultures, especially through the study of film and visual arts.

Unit details and rules

Unit code FRNC3100
Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
FRNC3690 or FRNC3693 or FRNC2681
FRNC1632 or FRNC3002 or FRNC3626 or FRNC2633 or FRNC3633
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Michelle Royer,
Lecturer(s) Michelle Royer,
Lea Vuong,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Oral presentation
Oral presentation (group)
30% Ongoing 1500 words equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Participation Participation
Participation based on home preparations and class work
10% Ongoing throughout semester
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO3 LO2
Assignment Research project
Research project
30% Week 09
Due date: 07 May 2021 at 23:00
2250 words equivalent
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO1
Assignment Final essay
Written composition or essay
30% Week 13
Due date: 07 Jun 2021 at 23:00
In French and equivalent to 2250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2

Assessment summary

1x1500wd equivalent oral presentation (individual or group) (30%),

1x2250wd equivalent in English research project (individual) (30%),

1x 2250wd equivalent in English written composition (essay or equivalent) (30%),

tutorial participation (10%)

Assessment criteria

Result name Mark Range Description
High Distinction 85-100
  • Treatment of materiel evidences an advanced synthesis of ideas
  • Demonstration of initiative, complex understanding and analysis
  • Work is well-written or excellent level of oral French
  • Appropriate referencing in written work, or ideas are well argued in oral presentations, clarity and some creativity where appropriate
  • All criteria addressed to a high level
Disctinction 75-84
  • Treatment of material evidences an advanced understanding of ideas
  • Demonstration of initiative, complex understanding and analysis
  • Work is well-written or very good level of oral French
  • All criteria addressed strongly
Credit 65-74
  • Treatment of material displays a good understanding of ideas
  • Work is well written or good level of oral French
  • Most criteria addressed clearly








  • Treatment of ideas indicates a satisfactory understanding of ideas
  • Work is adequately written or adequate level of oral French
  • Most criteria addressed adequately
  • Treatment of ideas indicates an inadequate understanding of ideas
  • Written style inappropriate to task or major problems with oral expression in French

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:

unless special consideration is applied for and approved, penalties will apply

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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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

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 film studies and in visual arts
  • LO5. Apply theoretical and methodological frameworks to films and visual artworks

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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