Lyon, France
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Course Information

Lyon, France | 2018 Spring

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.

Academics

You will enroll in 12 credits of intensive language courses taken at the Université Lumière Lyon II Institute of French Studies with other international students, plus 3 to 6 credits of elective courses in French culture or European Studies designed specifically for USAC students. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

Fall & Spring Semesters

French Language and Literature Courses

Taught in French

Fall Semester

French and European Studies

Courses are taught in English unless noted; courses taught in French are appropriate for third-year students and above unless otherwise indicated.

Spring Semester

French and European Studies

Courses are taught in English unless noted; courses taught in French are appropriate for third-year students and above unless otherwise indicated.

Field Studies

Deepen your academic experience by turning either the optional Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea tour or optional Provence and Avignon tour into a 1-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc.) on the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region.

Host University Courses

Université Lumière Lyon 2 provides the unique opportunity to enroll in regular courses taught by French university professors. This will give you a chance to meet students outside of USAC and experience a typical French class. Courses are offered in business, economics, international relations, English literature and grammar, and more. Keep in mind that these courses need to be taken in addition to your full time USAC course load. You may choose a host university course as one of your required 3-credit electives. Work with your Resident Director to determine your options and to avoid conflicts with your USAC class schedule. Université Lumière Lyon 2 course grades will not be part of your official USAC record, however USAC will forward a letter or certificate of completion that is provided by the host university. Work with your home academic advisor to determine whether such courses will be accepted for credit.

French as Foreign Language Exams

As an official examination center, the Université Lumière Lyon 2 offers French proficiency exams at all levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced exams. All students take the DUEF (Diplôme Universitaire d'Etudes Françaises = University Diploma of French Studies) at the end of the program; the fee for the exam is included in the program fee.

US Professors

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

Fall Semester:

Dr. Louis Marvick, University of Nevada, Reno

Courses offered:

Louis Marvick (Ph.D. Columbia University, 1983) is a Professor in the Department of World Languages and Literatures. His research focus is on the relationship of music to poetry in the late nineteenth century. In recent years he has published a novel, The 'Star' Ushak, and a collection of uncanny stories, Dissonant Intervals.

Spring Semester:

Dr. Eric Touya, Clemson University

Courses offered:

Eric Touya is Associate Professor of French. He received his D.E.A. in Comparative Literature at the Université de Paris IV, Sorbonne, and his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and literatures at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching inerests include 19th-21st Century French and Francophone Literature and Culture, and interdisciplinary approaches to literature, art, media, theory, culture, economics, ethics, and society. He is the author of Musique et poétique à l'âge du symbolisme (Paris: L'Harmattan, 2005), French-American Relations (University of Press of America, 2008), and Francophone Women Writers: Feminisms, Postcolonialisms, Cross-Cultures (Lexington Books Publishing, 2011). His most recent articles have focused on trans-poetics and nomadic and migrant literatures.

Course Descriptions

Fourth Year French I

Fall (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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

Fall (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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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Francophone Women Writers

Spring (400-level; 3 credits)

We will examine a variety of women writers, themes, genres, and movements in Francophone literature through reading texts and visualizing films and TV broadchasts, analysis, and interviews. Attention will be paid to the historical context in which the works were produced and on the relation between literature, cinema, and the media. The students are encouraged to approach the texts from a variety of perspectives.

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French Conversation

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

Compulsory three-credit course that complements the development of the linguistic skills facilitated in composition 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

Fall (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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French Culture and Civilization: Getting to know Lyon Beyond the Walls

Fall (French; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (French; 200-level; 1 credit)

This short 15 hours course will introduce students to several aspects of French civilization discussed from a local perspective. It will cover different topics: education, politics, history, social organizations. The class will not take place in a regular classroom but will consist in visiting places, meeting people and exchanging ideas about their work and their involvement as members of French society. A short list of relevant vocabulary and basic knowledge about the subjects treated will be handed prior to or after the visits.

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French Stylistics

Fall (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 400-level; 3 credits)

French Stylistics is an elective course for students of French as a second language at an advanced level, who have probably taken at least three years of college French. The goal of this course is to enhace the writing abilities, taking the written text as a contextualized communication event, addressed to an audience and with a clear and defined purpose. Therefore, class activities are centered around the analysis and the understanding of different written genres, so that they can be produced latter. In addition, this course does not neglect the oral interaction and expression, since the class is conducted entirely in French, reinforcing collaboration through group work.

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French Theater: Let's Play!

Spring (French, Theater; 200-level; 1 credit)

Presenting a French play at the university in front of an audience composed of students and professors at the end of the semester, in a given place.

•Working on the vocal chords: pronunciation, articulation, intonation, breathing, necessities to an explicit speech.

•Technics of interpretation of a text: developing focus, building a character, being sincere and authentic.

•Improvisation: developing imagination, spontaneity, emotions, not fearing one’s opinion, learning to know oneself and surpass oneself.

•Working on the body: relaxation, body warmup. Non-verbal expression: facial expressions, silences, gestures, body movements, using space.

•Teaming up: Developing the interpersonal know-how-to-be that leads to collaboration. Any communication starts with being humble. Having a positive construction of the group’s resources in the goal of interactivity

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Government and Politics in France and Europe

Fall (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course aims at showing the specificities of French politics. It will present balance of power and go into detail about each power. It will also go into detail about elections and political parties so the students can understand the roots of today’s political debate. A review of some majors policies by the presidents of the 5th Republic will be also done in order to explain some evolution in the French society and illustrate the major difference between the everlasting gap between “gauche” and “droite”. Few minutes will be spent in the beginning of ach class to answer students’ questions.

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Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea Field Study

Fall (200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Provence 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 Provence.

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Politics and Economics in the European Union

Spring (300-level; 3 credits)

This course examines the development and operation of the political and economic forces that have developed since the end of World War II in the form of the European Union. Currently, the E.U.´s political, economic and legal agreements affect not only its Member States but also the rest of the World. The course will examine the history of European integration, the relevant institutional and public policy issues, and the ongoing process of decision-making within the EU. Finally, it will focus on specific issues related to current economic problems facing the EU, and the challenges ahead.

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Provence and Avignon Field Study

Spring (200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the Avignon Provence 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 Provence.

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Second Year French I

Fall (French; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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

Fall (French; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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

Fall (French; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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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Survey of French Literature I

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

Ce panorama de la littérature française donne à voir 5 mouvements littéraires (Humanisme, Pléiade, Baroque, Classicisme, Lumières), des auteurs et des textes français majeurs du Moyen-Age au XVIIIème siècle (La Chanson de Roland, Ronsard, Montaigne, Molière, La Fontaine, Diderot, Voltaire, …) que les étudiants découvriront principalement à travers l'étude, dans leurs contextes, d'extraits d'œuvres significatifs et/ou connus pouvant donner lieu à certains prolongements (analyse d'un document iconographique, projection d'un document audio-visuel, sortie au théâtre,...)

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Survey of French Literature II

Spring (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

A study of the development of French literature through the analysis of literary movements and the comparison of the most important authors of each period. Texts from different literary genres are selected which demonstrate underlying ideas, the idiosyncrasies of the French people, and universal values, as well as the literary characteristics of the works themselves.

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The History of Arts

Spring (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

Lyon’s rich heritage allows us to offer an introduction to the history of the arts. In order to sensitize students to Culture and Arts, we will both have practical workshops, lectures and visits of museums. Throughout our multiple interventions, we are trying to emphasize on the commonalities existing between arts. Indeed, it seems important that students understand the connections that exist between arts of all time, connections that got stronger in the 20th century. This course will be about the arts throughout its issues, its breakdowns but also its continuities.

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The Modern World

Fall (Art, English, General Humanities And Social Sciences, History; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course will increase students’ understanding of the forces that have shaped western civilization from the Renaissance to the present day. The focus is primarily European and includes developments in many areas: literature, the arts and sciences, political and social theory and practice, public and private life. In order to give a living face to this vast subject, we will move at every phase from a general outline of motives, events and ideas to specific texts and instances. In Lyon, the course will be enhanced by visits to sites of cultural and historical interest.

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Third Year French I

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (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

Spring (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