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MLFR-030  French Conversation Practice

$5 per credit fee. 1 credit (EL)

MLFR-101  Elementary French I

Development of vocabulary, structures, and speaking/reading/writing strategies essential to basic language use. Students practice asking and answering questions; identifying, comparing, and describing people and things; expressing wants and needs; and discussing plans. Preparation for living in a French-speaking culture. $5 per credit fee. Four class hours per week. ACTFL target: Novice High. Offered fall. 4 credits

MLFR-102  Elementary French II

Continuation of 101. Continued practice in reading, writing, and talking about activities, making plans and inquiries, expressing wants and needs. Some practice in narration of present, past, and future events. Four class hours per week. $5 per credit fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Low. Prerequisite: MLFR 101. Offered spring. 4 credits

MLFR-105  Intensive Elementary French

An accelerated one-semester course that covers the material of 101 and 102. Satisfies language requirement for BA degree. For students with some previous experience in the language but not enough to enroll in 201, and for students with superior language-learning ability. Five class hours per week. $5 per credit fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate Low. Offered fall. 5 credits

MLFR-201  Intermediate French I

Review of skills and structures described in 101 and 102. Emphasis on building a large practical vocabulary and on using it to describe and narrate. Reading and aural exercises that include authentic materials; writing exercises that include narration, exposition and dialogue. Preparation for living for an extended period in a French-speaking culture. Four class hours per week. $5 per credit feel ACTFL target: Intermediate Mid. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in 102 or 105, or a placement test. Offered fall. 4 credits

MLFR-202  French Culture & Free Expression

Continuation of 201, with strong emphasis on French oral and written expression through exploration of a contemporary novel, the current press, videos, and other materials selected from coverage of recent events in France. ACTFL target: Intermediate Mid. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in 201 or placement test. Offered spring. 4 credits

MLFR-211  Introduction To French Civilization I

Introduction to the history and civilization of France from the early Renaissance period (XIIth century) to the fall of the Monarchy. History of the constitution of a national identity through the analysis of salient political and artistic movements. Study of cultural achievements and contributions to the world; consideration of special questions inherent in dealing with other European neighbors and the world beyond. Sources include literature, historical and political writing. $5 per credit fee. Conducted in English. Offered in fall. 3 credits

MLFR-212  Introduction To French Civilization II

Introduction to the recent history and civilization of the French-speaking countries from the revolution of 1848 to the present. Emphasis on the philosophical foundations of the French Republic, its evolution during the XXth century, and the challanges that the Republican model had begun to encounter during the latter part of that century. Study of cultural achievements, artistic contributions to the world; consideration of special questions inherent in dealing with other European neighbors and the world beyond (colonialsim); presentation of the francophone world. Sources include literature, visual arts, and contemporary historical and political writing. $5 per credit fee. Conducted in English. Offered spring. 3 credits (CS or VP or GP)

MLFR-215  Literature and Society: An African Perspective

Discussion, in a historical perspective, of issues of race, religion, and the human in precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial Africa. Analysis of the categories of difference and otherness in postcolonial African thought. $5 per credit fee. Conducted in English. Offered spring. 3 credits (CS or IS)

MLFA-230  Introduction To African Studies

Interdisciplinary introduction to African studies. Survey of main figures of African Studies with a particular attention to historical periods and geographic particularities, discussion of the relations between Africa and the African diaspora with an emphasis on the necessity to understand "Africans" in their proper human historical and international contexts. $5 per credit fee. 4 credits (CS or GP)

MLFA-240  Modern African Thought

Critical analysis of tradition, colonial influences, and contemporary developments in modern African thought. Examination of the unique, sophisticated, and original conceptions of knowledge in African thought. Discussion of the particular character of an African philosophical/religious worldview through oral traditions, literature, and philosophy with a focus on African metaphysics. Conducted in English. $5 per credit fee. 4 credits (CS or GP)

MLFR-301  French Composition and Conversation I

Guided practice in expository and narrative writing as well as in aural comprehension of Francophone films and documentaries. Discussion of a variety of cultural topics based on selections from various Francophone countries. Speaking and writing practice involving describing, comparing, hypothesizing, supporting opinions, and functioning in unfamiliar situations. Review of grammar as a tool to improve writing. May be repeated once for credit with a different instructor and content. $5/credit fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate High. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in 202 or placement test. Offered fall. 4 credits. (GP, MWI)

MLFR-302  Introduction To French and Francophone Studies

Introduction to Francophone literature and cultures with main emphasis on acquisition of techniques and tools to analyze recorded oral tradition, texts, and film as cultural artifacts from various Francophone countries. May be repeated once for credit with a different instructor and content. $5 per credit fee. ACTFL target: Intermediate High. Prerequisite: MLFR 301 or college equivalent. Offered spring. 4 credits (CS or GP, WI)

MLFR-311  French Civilization I

Introduction to the major events and important periods of French history from the Middle Ages to 1789, including political, social, and artistic development which have marked French civilization. Examination of the way these historical periods have influenced life in contemporary France. $5 per credit fee. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: MLFR 302 or equivalent. Offered fall. 3 credits (CS or VP or GP)

MLFR-312  French Civilization II

Examination of various aspects of French history and culture from 1789 to the present, including the structure of French society, its institutions, social categories, patterns of work, values, and attitudes. Study of the physical geography of France and its economic and social ramifications. $5 per credit fee. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: MLFR 302 or consent of instructor. Offered spring. 3 credits (CS or VP or GP)

MLFA-315  Francophone African Cinema In Translation

Critical examination of questions of representation and reality in Francophone Africa. Analysis of the image of Africa and Africans in Western media and film. Discussion, in a postcolonial perspective, of issues of race, religion, and gender in pre-colonial, colonial, and postcolonial African cinema. Re-thinking of traditional conceptions of Africa and the African subject. Analysis of the categories of difference and otherness in African cinema. $5 per credit fee. Conducted in English. Offered Jan Term. 4 credits (CS or GP)

MLFA-330  Topics In African Civilization

Survey of African history from prehistoric times to the present through literature and philosophy. Analysis of African civilizations with a focus on African social, cultural and political history. Study Africa in the ancient world, medieval Africa, the era of European colonialism, the rise of nationalism and independence movements, and contemporary Africa. $5 per credit fee. 4 credits (CS or GP)

MLFA-340  Topics In African Literature

Explore topics in the areas of orature, literature, performance texts, film and/or other media produced in Africa. Identify authors, major themes, and major periods and genres in African literature. In-depth analysis of a particular author or a particular theme in African literature through the examination of the basic literary conventions of plot, character, setting, point of view, and theme. $5 per credit fee. 4 credits (CS or GP)

MLFR-350  Topics In French Literature

Study of selected topics in French literature through reading and discussion of major works. Study of literary genres and movements. Practice in literary analysis. Recent topics have included Contemporary Theatre and Society, Atheism in the 21th Century French novel, Annie Emaux's social autobiography, and the Bosnian War in Fiction. Conducted in French. $5 per credit fee. Prerequisite: 302 or consent of instructor. 4 credits (CS or GP).

MLFR-360  Topics In French Civilization

Selected aspects of culture and cultural change that have been especially important in determining the nature of contemporary society associated with this language. Study and discussion of printed and broadcast sources from the various humanistic and social scientific fields. Recent topics have included Multiculturalism in Contemporary France, French Culture and Society through Films of the 1990s, and Contemporary France Through its Press. $5 per credit fee. Conducted in French. Prerequisite: MLFR 302 or consent of instructor. 3 credits (GP or IS)

MLFR-480  Independent Study

A flexible course suited to the needs of the individual. Reading and research on a specific topic. NOTE: The Independent Study Petition must be completed and approved before enrollment. Prerequisite: MLFR 302 or consent of instructor. 1-5 credits

MLFR-485  Senior Seminar

Reading, discussion, and writing on individual literary and/or cultural topics which will vary. Culminates in the writing of a long research paper. Recent topics have included Literature of the Occupation (1940-1944), The Francophone African and Caribbean Novel, and a collaborative project on French contemporary society. Mandatory for all seniors majoring in French. $5 per credit fee. Offered spring. 3 credits (CS or GP, MWI)

MLFA-486  Senior Seminar In African Studies

Analysis of a particular theme in Africana studies from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Reading and discussion of different material in African Studies. Selection of research topic by each student and writing of a major paper. $5 per credit fee. Offered spring. 4 credits (GP)

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