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FRNC3300: Paris Sensoriel

Semester 1, 2024 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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

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


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Victoria Souliman,
Lecturer(s) Victoria Souliman,
Clara Sitbon,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Presentation Oral Presentation
Oral presentation in French (group)
30% Multiple weeks Equiv 1500wds / 15 mins
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3
Participation Participation
Further information on what counts as participation provided on Canvas.
10% Ongoing N/A
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO1 LO4 LO3
Assignment Research proposal
Short research essay (individual)
30% Week 06
Due date: 28 Mar 2024 at 23:59
Equiv. 2000wd
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO5 LO3 LO4
Assignment Final research project
Group presentation in a Podcast format
30% Week 12
Due date: 17 May 2024 at 23:59
Equiv. 2500wds
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO1

Assessment summary

  • Oral presentation in French: A list of topics for the semester will be provided on Canvas. Students must select their topics by the end of Week 2 and present in the week that is attached to the topic. This is a group presentation.
  • Research proposal: This assessment task is a scaffolding exercise. It is the first step of preparation for the podcast episode. It is a creative and analytical exercise ("object encounter") that aims to deepen students' understanding of a chosen object (from the collection of the CCWM) and its historical context.
  • Final research project: Drawing inspiration from the "object encounter" pieces submitted and the feedback received, students will create a podcast episode that involves a comparison of their objects, weaving a narrative that explores the intricate interrelationship between them and demonstrating how they allow an understanding of 19th century Paris.
  • Participation includes regular contributions, discussion in class and thoughtful engagement with the questions posed by fellow students as part of their oral presentations. 

Further information for each assessment item can be found on Canvas.  

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2021, 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


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.

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Simple extensions

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Week 02 Plaisir des Sens : Le toucher Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 03 Plaisir des Sens : L'odorat Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Museum visit Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 05 Plaisir des Sens : La vue Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 06 Plaisir des Sens : Le goût Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Plaisir des Sens : L'ouïe Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 08 Excès et Répulsion des Sens : Prostitution et maladies vénériennes Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 09 Excès et Répulsion des Sens : Corps et putréfaction Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Assessment Workshop Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 11 Apocalypse des Sens : Paris dystopique (1) Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 12 Apocalypse des Sens : Paris dystopique (2) Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 13 Conclusion Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

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. 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.

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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