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French 320: French Civilization
The American Business School in Paris
Wine, cheese, baguettes, Hexagon, Marianne, Asterix: all symbols
(recognizable or not) of France. This course is a look into what
constitutes the roots of French society. An outsider is certainly
familiar with some aspects of French culture, but in your stay here we
will try to uncover the more subtle sides of French civilization that
make the French so complex. The backdrop of the course is the history
of Paris, and will be supplemented with field trips to help you
discover the city and its environs.
Class time will be divided into three parts:
Current events – keeping track of current events, political, economic,
social, etc. will give us insight into how the French function and what
their preoccupations are.
2/ History – lectures will cover the major periods from Roman Gaul to the present day.
Culture & Institutions – through student presentations, we will
look at various artists, influential people and institutions that have
Paris: Biography of a City by Colin Jones
Press releases: each week you will be required to write a press release
summarizing a recent political, economic, or social event.
30% Presentations/report: each student will choose a topic and give
a 10-15 minute presentation to the class, as well as write a 5-10 page
30% Final Exam: a cumulative exam will be given at the end of the
semester. The questions will be chosen from a list of 10 topics handed
out in the form of a worksheet at mid-semester.
10% Worksheet: a one-page summary of each of the 10 topics, from which will be drawn the final exam.