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College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

FREN 309 - Contemporary France: History, Culture and Current Events

This course is designed for students who want to understand contemporary events and issues in France. The course includes a review of essential historical events that have shaped modern France, in particular the legacy of the French Revolution, the colonial empire, WWII and the French-Algerian War. These events have shaped all contemporary debates (i.e. the recent law regarding wearing religious symbols in schools, the October 2005 suburb riots, recent immigration laws, and many other topics). The course also studies the place of France in relationship with the United States and the European community. Some units focus on the production of French culture and various intellectual/artistic movements through a variety of up-to-date authentic materials: newspaper articles, films, ATV news, websites. Taught in French. Prerequisite(s): FREN 204  required. This course in not open to students who have already completed FREN 306  or high level courses in French. Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)