NEW COURSE PROPOSAL ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL Title of course: History of Paris in French Shortened version of title for schedule and transcript. (30 characters including spaces): Hist of Paris Department and course number: FREN 303 Number of credits: 3 Variable credit? No Is the course repeatable for additional credit? No Effective date: Spring 2011 Proposed for General Education option? No Scheduling course information: Is it lecture, laboratory, discussion, seminar, independent study, field study or thesis research? Field Study and lecture in room with technology Does the course have a required attached lab for zero credit? Yes Does enrollment require the consent of the instructor? Yes Department? No Grade basis: Accumulated points Catalog description: The history, culture/society, philosophy, and literature of France through the centuries will be viewed through the prism of Paris’s national treasures: famous squares, monuments, and museums. Students will travel to Paris and learn about Notre Dame’s architectural wonders, the legend of St. Denis, the sculptures on the iconic Arc de Triomphe, and much more. Cannot be taken concurrently with WLLC 203. Prerequisites: FREN 202 or consent of instructor. Main Units: A. Lab during spring 2011 (six 2-hour sessions): Presentation of materials related to a survey of French history, culture/society, philosophy, and literature focusing on present-day monuments and museums, through lectures, films in class, and reading assignments for students out of class on the following topics: 1. Prehistory through the Middle Ages 2. Renaissance 3. 17th Century 4. 18th Century 5. 19th Century 6. 20th Century Text: La Civilisation française en évolution Vol. 1 by Steele, et al., an advanced-level textbook focusing on French history/culture. B. Two week stay in Paris, visiting museums or monuments daily, including trips to Versailles and the châteaux of the Loire valley. Students will read primary sources in French (twelve 1-hour sessions) written by famous French people of the past whose works are related to the monuments or museums visited that particular day. Text: L’Héritage français by F. Denoeu. Students will also be engaged in directed activities where they must use French to accomplish predetermined objectives. Objectives of the course: This course will investigate which buildings and monuments are accorded the greatest esteem by the French, how those places evoke the past for the French, and what impact and significance they have for the French today. The French tend to assign major significance to monuments and buildings that reflect their past. The neighborhoods and districts of Paris not only provide housing for its current residents but also contain points of interest that serve as reminders of French people, places, and events that have been chosen as representations for constructing France’s glorious past by those who exist in the present. By the end of the course, students 1. will be acquainted with major monuments and museums in Paris, Versailles, and the châteaux, 2. will demonstrate that they have gained historical and literary knowledge about them, such as when and by whom they were (re)constructed, 3. will articulate why the French accord such importance to them, and 4. will explain how they are used as points of reference for self-perception by the French today. 5. will demonstrate the ability to perform daily tasks in the French language at a French immersion site. Evaluation procedures and techniques: Students will be evaluated in a variety of ways: two written exams, two quizzes, one 4-page essay with bibliography, a daily journal (which will be due within two weeks of their return to America), and an oral presentation on a topic related to the course subject. All of the preceding items will be in French. There will also be an assessment via the pre-test/post-test method to determine the percentage of students who met the course objectives. Special projects, term papers, class reports, etc: See above: One 4-page essay, daily journal, oral presentation. Library or other physical resources to support the course: films from library, documents on electronic reserve. Need for Additional resources: films from the library which will be ordered from departmental library allocations. Course(s) to be dropped: none Attach appropriate minutes showing approval.