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FRNC3200: French and Francophone Literatures 2

Semester 2, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

This unit looks at literary productions in French through a global perspective, exploring key French and Francophone concepts and schools of literary theory and criticism developed from the 20th century onward, such as authorship and readership, intertextuality, inter-arts dialogues, structuralism, poststructuralism, postcolonial thought and feminist theory. Students examine literary and theoretical texts, developing analytical and critical skills. Students deepen their knowledge of modern and contemporary ways of writing and thinking literature in French across the globe, reflecting on their historical background, transnational influences and their (own) lasting impact on the world.

Unit details and rules

Unit code FRNC3200
Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
FRNC2689 or FRNC2010 or FRNC2688 or FRNC3684
FRNC1632 or FRNC3002 or FRNC2633 or FRNC3633
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Sonia Wilson,
Lecturer(s) Nathalie Segeral,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Written assessment
Written assessment: essay
45% Mid-semester break 1 x equiv. 3500wd in English
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4
Participation Tutorial preparation and participation
Tutorial preparation and participation
10% Ongoing N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Presentation Oral presentation
Oral presentation in French
25% Ongoing 1x equiv. 1500 wds in English 15 min
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Assignment Short reflective piece
1 x equiv. 500 wds in English
10% Ongoing 1x equiv. 500 wds in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Pre-essay plan and bibliography
10% Week 12 1x equiv. 500wd in English
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4

Assessment summary

  • Tutorial preparation and participation: students are expected to contribute to online vocabulary lists and respond to questions posted on discussion boards in addition to participating orally in class discussion.
  • Presentations: topics will be provided at the start of semester. Presentations will take place on a weekly basis, with each student presenting once in the course of semester. Presentations are in French and marking criteria will include assessment of clarity of spoken French.
  • Short reflective piece: here students are encouraged to write in the first person and reflect briefly on how their own memories of childhood shaped – and have been shaped by – the récit d’enfance on which they have presented. 
  • Plan and bibliography: this is a scaffolding exercise, designed to assist in breaking down the final written piece into steps. 
  • Final written piece: this is an analytical essay. Students will be expected to construct an argument by drawing on close textual analysis and critical reading of at least four secondary sources. 

Assessment criteria

Assessment grading

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.

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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 standard late policy above

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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Attendance and class requirements

See Faculty Attendance requirements. 

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

  • Persepolis Marjane Satrapi
  • Un Cœur à rire et à pleurer Maryse Condé
  • Journal Hélène Berr 

Students will need to purchase the first two books above. Extracts will be provided for the third.  

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 an understanding of the relationship between theoretical concepts and cultural and literary practices in French in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
  • LO2. Engage in critical analysis of literay texts with reference to relevant theoretical frameworks
  • LO3. Debate different interpretive approaches to literay problems
  • LO4. Effectively integrate textual analysis and proficient use of appropriate secondary sources.

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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