Lyon, France
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Course Information

Lyon, France | 2017 Summer

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in four or five credits for French Studies or three to five credits for Art History Studies, plus one additional credit if you enroll in the Paris Field Study.

At least one 3-credit course is required. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions and prerequisites.

French Language and Literature Studies

Art History and Culture

The following courses take advantage of Lyon's rich resources for the study of art history and are designed to familiarize you with the region as well as expose you to the artistic traditions of Lyon, France, and Europe. You may also want to challenge yourself with 1-credit electives in drawing, painting, or cuisine. Courses are taught in English unless noted; courses taught in French are appropriate for third-year students or above unless otherwise indicated.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

Field studies

Deepen your academic experience by turning the optional Paris Tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc). Students who choose the field study option will keep a journal and prepare a research paper on a topic interest specific to Paris.

U.S. Professor

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following U.S. professor is also teaching as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Betrand Landry, University of Mount Union

Course offered:

A native of Dijon, France, Dr. Landry is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Mount Union. He has been living in the United States for 20 years and specializes in 17th century literature and pedagogy. He is the co-editor of Nourritures, Actes du 40e congrès annuel de la North American Society for Seventeenth-Century French Literature. Dr. Landry enjoys traveling, cinema, and cooking.

Course Descriptions

Art, City and Society in Lyon, from the Middle-Ages to Nowadays

Summer (Architecture, Art, French, History; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course offers to explore artistic, architectural and urban shapes of the city of Lyon as well as its representations through the historic point of view (from the Middle Ages until the Modern and Contemporary periods). The student will be analyzing public spaces through the ages and will then classify daily life scenes and social and cultural practices happening. Tours, field trips, field surveys and visits to museums and galleries are a substantial part of the course.

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Basic French Conversation for Daily Communication

Summer (100-level; 1 credit)

This is a course for students who have not taken any French language courses before. Its purpose is to provide the students with basic lexical, grammatical and functional resources to manage in daily situations while studying in France.

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Bon Appétit: All You Ever Wanted to Know About French Cuisine

Summer (French; 300-level; 1 credit)

This course is an interdisciplinary approach to French cuisine through literary and cultural documents. Gastronomy has become an art brought to the utmost perfection by the French. Gastronomical representations bear great literary, historical, artistic, and cultural significance in literature and art. This course will explore these representations. Students will learn the definition of gastronomy and will refine it in reading and reflecting on excerpts of texts of various literary genres and non-fiction texts spanning from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, newspaper articles, YouTube videos, and films.

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Drawing and Painting in Lyon

Summer (Art; 100-level; 1 credit)

In this studio course, we shall investigate a variety of approaches, techniques and processes in the art of drawing. In addition, we shall take advantage of Lyon’s world famous museums and monuments to learn about the city as it is reflected in its architecture, landscape, paintings and sculpture, and its people. The objective of this course will be to introduce students to the fundamentals of drawing while using the city of Lyon as a backdrop. The human figure, landscape, architecture, still life, plant life, and abstract art are some of the themes that will be explored.

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European and French Art

Summer (Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

In this course we examine the history of art in France from Versailles to the present. We will focus on a series of prominent French artists and movements and chart the influence they had on the national and international art scene. We will also discuss the way in which France has served as an important host for artists of many nationalities over the course of many centuries. With the assistance of PowerPoint presentations, films, artists’ writings, art theory and criticism, this course provides an interdisciplinary approach to the history and culture of French art practices with an emphasis on the 19th Century to the present.

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Fourth Year French I

Summer (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

This advanced level course of French has been designed for students who have completed three years of French and although they may manage in completing daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course offers the students the opportunity to enhance their vocabulary in specific and technical areas, and to improve their grammatical accuracy in oral and written production.

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Fourth Year French II

Summer (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

Fourth Year French II has been designed for students who have completed more than three years of French and although they may manage in daily tasks and interactions, they still need to improve their control over different oral and written registers. In addition, this course will offer them the opportunity to enhance the coherence and cohesion of their production, and to improve their grammatical accuracy.

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French Conversation

Summer (French; 300-level; 1 credit)

Mandatory one-credit course that complements the development of the linguistic skills facilitated in French courses, emphasizing the oral mode of the French language. It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

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French Cuisine

Summer (200-level; 1 credit)

This course is designed to teach typical French recipes, as well as tips, serving ideas, and a bit of etiquette and customs. The lessons are arranged by meal, so that one can easily translate the lessons to real life cooking situations. In addition to learning how to make appealing appetizers and entrees, students take several classes in baking and pastries. They learn tricks and tips that can be used in daily life. Students will spend time chopping onions, peeling potatoes, cutting meat, kneading dough and beating eggs, all of it under the supervision of the cooks who can teach them the tricks of the trade and correct any mistakes. Generally, classes include one to two hours of explanations along with a practical hands-on component in the school (fully equipped and stocked kitchens where students cook).

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Paris Field Study

Summer (French; 200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Paris tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of French language and culture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on Paris and surroundings.

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Second Year French I

Summer (French; 200-level; 3 credits)

Second Year French I is a three-credit course offered to students who have completed a year of college French or its equivalent. In this course, the students will learn to narrate in the main time-frames, as well as to recognize the different uses of the subjunctive mood in the expression of different degrees of certainty, the expression of wishes and advice.

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Second Year French II

Summer (French; 200-level; 3 credits)

Second Year French II is a course designed for students who have completed a year and a half of college French or its equivalent and want to learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

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Seminar in French Language

Summer (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

Seminar is a course designed for students who have taken at least three years of French at college and want to improve the four skills in a balanced way: speaking, listening, writing and reading, as well as enhance their vocabulary and improve their grammatical accuracy.

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Third Year French I

Summer (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

This is a third year course for students who have completed two years of French at the college level or their equivalent. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or short stories will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

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Third Year French II

Summer (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

The focus of the course is improving the learners´ writing abilities with the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics will be reviewed in order to enhance and increase learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of a novel or a collection of short stories will strengthen the formal instruction.

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Travel Photography

Summer (Art, Journalism; 200-level; 1 credit)

Regards sur la ville : une approche de la photographie pour découvrir un environnement urbain, se l’approprier et partager sa vision. Construire une mémoire commune à partir de regards individuels différents

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Fall and Yearlong: Late application may be possible. Contact USAC

Spring: Open

2018-19 App. Cycle

Application opens 9/1:

Summer (5 weeks)

Eligibility

Summer:

Minimum GPA: 2.5, one year of college-level French if studying French; no language prerequisite for Art History

Semester:

Minimum GPA: 2.5, one year of college-level French

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

65

Instruction

English | French