Prof. Michael Henderson
Office: Humanities 206
Office hours: Mon Wed 1:00 - 1:55
Tues Thurs 4:00 - 4:55
Friday 2:00 - 2:55
And by appointment
Phone: 641-3497 (office)
Text: La France Contemporaine
Course Goals and Objectives:
The goal of this course is to introduce you to the culture and society of France through the study of a number of different aspects of French life and history. Our approach will be thematic, not chronological, although whenever necessary we will open a "window on history" to seek to explain how the French past has inevitably shaped the present. Our text draws on a variety of disciplines (history, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science) in the hopes of giving you a certain familiarity with the nature of French culture today and the forces that are challenging that identity. We will cover such topics as French geography, political and social institutions, immigration, education, regionalism, and the media. In addition to the text, we will examine how French culture is manifested in various literary works, art, music, and film.
Most of you are planning to study in France, and some of you have already lived in or visited a French-speaking culture. This course is intended both to expand your horizons through a look at a culture other than your own and to prepare you for a rewarding experience abroad.
Although this is not intended to be a language course, you will increase your proficiency through the study of culture in French. Over the course of this semester, we will concentrate specifically on the following language functions:
Academic Integrity Collaboration between students is encouraged, and even required occasionally. Please remember, however, that you must adhere to the Juniata guidelines for academic integrity. I will enforce the policy and seek the most severe sanctions in cases of abuse.
All members of the Juniata community share responsibility for establishing and maintaining appropriate standards of academic honesty and integrity. Students oblige themselves to follow these standards and to encourage others to do so. Faculty members also have an obligation to comply with the principles and procedures of academic honesty and integrity. Academically dishonest acts include cheating, fabrication and falsification, multiple submission, plagiarism, abuse of materials, and complicity in academic dishonesty.
All offenses are reported to the Director of Academic Support Services and all confirmed violations of the policy are kept on file for a minimum of five years or until the student is separated from the College, whichever is longer. A faculty member has discretion to recommend a sanction or the case may be referred to the Academic Judicial Board. If a student is accused a second time, the case is automatically referred to the Academic Judicial Board. Penalties may include, but are not limited to, the following: a formal warning; a reduced grade for the assignment; a reduced grade for the course; suspension from the College; dismissal from the College.
A more complete description of the College's policy on academic integrity and the procedures followed during a hearing of the Academic Judicial Board can be found in the Pathfinder on the Juniata College intranet.
Attendance and participation 10%
Homework and quizzes 10%
Film reactions (Bleu, Blanc, Rouge) 10%
Three essay exams 50%
Final Project, including oral presentation 20%
Final Project and Presentations: Each student (or two students working together) will select a topic early in the semester. You will conduct in-depth research of the topic throughout the semester using a variety of resources: library texts, periodicals, museums, the World Wide Web, etc.... Option 1: You may write up the results of this research in a formal paper and also give a presentation to the class. Option 2: You may create a web page with the material that they have gathered, and present your work to the class.
International Cultural Events
You are required to attend a minimum of 4 international cultural events related to French studies during the course of the semester. These events may include the International Movie Series, a French Club event, Study-abroad events, guest speakers, etc. Please ask me if an event qualifies for credit before attending.
If you have a diagnosed learning difference, please discuss with me in my office any accommodations that will be necessary before August 29.
Specific assignments will be made at the end of each class period.
August 25 Introduction and study tips
August 27 Cultural Stereotypes
August 29 -
September 5 French Geography
September 8 - 12 Medieval France
September 15 First essay exam due
September 17 - 26 The Kings and the Ancien Régime
September 29 -
October 8 The Revolution and the French Republic
October 10 Second essay exam due
October 15 – 24 Social institutions: Family, work and education
October 27 -
November 7 Regional identity, Immigration
November 10 Third Essay Exam due
November 12- 21 Religions in France
November 24 Holidays and Celebrations
December 1 - 8 Student Presentations of Final Projects