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FRNC3300: Paris Sensoriel

2024 unit information

This unit takes as its object the various spaces and places that came to mark modern Paris in the wake of Haussmann's controversial redesign of the city in the 1850s and 1860s. We will explore in particular the relationship between the architecture of these spaces, bodily orientation and the senses. Unsettling the traditional hierarchy of the senses, we will focus on the ways in which the olfactory, the haptic, the acoustic and the visual intersect to position those who inhabit, or pass through, these spaces as 'citizens' of modern Paris. The spaces on which we focus thus serve as points of entry into both the history of Paris and the cultural history of the senses.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

French and Francophone Studies

Code FRNC3300
Academic unit French and Francophone Studies
Credit points 6
FRNC1632 or FRNC3002 or FRNC3626 or FRNC2633 or FRNC3633 or FRNC3606
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Identify the major socio-political and technological shifts that shaped sensory perception in Paris.
  • LO2. Explain the relationship between the sensory, social and gender hierarchies and the construction of Paris as myth.
  • LO3. Analyse the relationship between a specific cultural object (cookbook; advertisement; painting; novel; photograph, film, song) and theoretical discourses of sensory perception.
  • LO4. Communicate effectively and ethically in French in oral and written form
  • LO5. Locate, organise and evaluate a variety of sources in both French and English and deploy these sources in the construction of a coherent argument.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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