Pau, France
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Course Information

Pau, France | 2017 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.

Courses

You must enroll in a minimum of 15 credits; a maximum of 18 credits may be taken per semester. This list of courses is intended for informational purposes and does not guarantee availability or descriptions. Courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and program revisions. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions.
USAC students take elective courses designed specifically for them while simultaneously enrolled in language courses at the Institute of French Studies at the university. There you will take French language classes with other international students. Advanced language courses contain components of geography, history, literature, and theatre.

French Language Studies

You are required to enroll in three intensive language courses plus a French Conversation course for a total of 12 credit hours for your language courses; for example: Second Year French I, Second Year French II, Third Year French I, plus French Conversation for a total of 12 credits. Language course sections are kept to a maximum enrollment of 20 students each.

Conversation Courses

  • French Conversation (FREN, 300-level, 1 credit) Prerequisite: none (first year students).
  • French Conversation (FREN, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college French (second year students and above).

Language and Literature Courses

French and European Studies

Taught in English or French
The following elective courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. Courses are taught in English unless noted in French; courses taught in French are appropriate for third-year students or above unless otherwise indicated. You are required to enroll in one or two USAC French and European Studies courses or one University of Pau course in addition to the four language courses.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

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

Internships

Spring only
Internship students are expected to stay in Pau until May 5.

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. Students are placed in a French-speaking environment, with high exposure to culture and language. Students must have taken at least four semesters of college French in order to be eligible; they should be able to communicate at an advanced language level in both oral and written French. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses.

Internship opportunities fall into broad categories; USAC will attempt to place students in any major field of work/study. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility—at least six semesters of college French, enrollment in the Pau program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship. Students should notify the USAC Central Office about their wish to do an internship at least 45 days prior to arrival in Pau.

Host University Courses

Taught in French or English

Enrich your studies by taking advantage of the chance to attend courses at your host university. Opportunities vary. In some cases you will be able to enroll directly as a student and earn transferable credit, in other cases you may earn a letter or certificate of completion along with a grade which may or may not be accepted for credit by your school. Work with your home academic advisor to determine whether such courses will be accepted for credit. Even when they don't, look at the opportunity as a learning bonus. Courses taken at the host university are taken in addition to your USAC classes and do not replace USAC credits. Work with your Resident Director to determine your options and to avoid conflicts with your USAC class schedule.

The University of Pau offers courses that USAC students can attend that are a great way to immerse yourself in the local university and make friends outside of your USAC courses. Students may audit 3-credit courses offered by the University of Pau in French Literature, English/American Literature, Art History, History, Geography, Economics, Law, and Sciences.

Basque language courses are available at the University both semesters at Beginning and Intermediate levels.

French as Foreign Language Exams

As an official “examiner” center, the University of Pau offers French proficiency exams at all levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced exams. All students take the DUEF exam at the end of their 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:

Prof. Irina Kappler-Crookston | University of Idaho

Courses offered:

Prof. Kappler-Crookston has taught language, literature, and culture courses and served as chair and academic study abroad advisor for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures for nearly 30 years. She studied, lived, and worked in Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, and Ecuador. She has received many service and teaching awards including the Idaho Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award and the University of Idaho Advisor of the Year Award. She has taught for USAC in San Sebastián, Bilbao, Torino, and Madrid.

Course Descriptions

Business French

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

The objective of this course is to enable students to develop competence in an area which normally does not constitute a part of language learning. You will become familiar with the terminology and syntax of the world of economics, business administration, markets and related topics, in order to enable you to communicate correctly in the target language. Business writing, correspondence, oral and written translation of business related material is also practiced. In France, this course helps the student to prepare themselves for the Certificat Pratique du Français Economique et Commercial of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Paris and in Germany for the Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf. Prerequisite: six semesters of college French. Taught in French.

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European Cinema

Fall (Art, Film; 300-level; 3 credits)

In this class, students will watch contemporary movies in the original language with English subtitles from France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Poland and Spain that address issues such as traditions, religion, family, gender roles, politics, immigration and national identity. In addition, the students will choose another movie produced in the EU (film titles provided by instructor) to analyze for the final project/presentation. Through pre-screening film activities and post-screening discussions, students will learn about a variety of cultures that make up the European Union. Students will also be given daily worksheets and questions in class to encourage participation in class discussions and to fully understand the important themes of each film.

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First Year French I

Fall (French; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (French; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations.

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First Year French II

Fall (French; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (French; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of French grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary and useful expressions are studied. The goals of these courses are to build reading, writing, listening and above all speaking skills and to enable the students to handle basic communicative tasks and social situations. Prerequisite: one semester of college French.

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Fourth Year French I

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

Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments. Prerequisite: six semesters of college French.

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Fourth Year French II

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

Designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narrative, drama, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, for the meaning of vocabulary in precise context and serve as a basis for subsequent discussion. Close study of the register of the French language and transposition exercises. Students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments. Prerequisite: seven semesters of college French.

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French Conversation

Fall (French; 300-level; 1 credit)
Fall (French; 300-level; 2 credits)
Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 300-level; 1 credit)
Spring (French; 300-level; 2 credits)
Spring (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this course is to facilitate the acquisition of language necessary to express oneself in daily situations as well as in more difficult contexts. Different conversational themes and related vocabulary are introduced for discussion.

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French Stylistics

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

This class is set up as a continuation of the fourth year language courses. The material for this class will be taken from assigned reading materials and from student writing assignments. The general objectives are to: improve students' understanding of the written word; improve students' expression through writing; and to characterize different types of literary, journalistic and technical texts. The specific objectives are to develop and practice typical French expressions; the most important vocabulary and linguistic structures for this level; idioms; synonyms and antonyms; the relationship and derivation of nouns, adjectives and verbs; verbal periphrasis; and, the most common proverbs and sayings. Prerequisite: six semester of college French.

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Government and Politics in France

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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Intercultural Communication

Fall (Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain positive communication and relationships across cultures. Students will explore the definition, nature and manifestation of culture while examining their own values, traditions and beliefs. Through active in-class and out-of-class activities, students will learn about the similarities and differences in communication behaviors and explore language usage, nonverbal actions and perceptions in order to see how they influence face-to-face communication between individuals of different cultures in the United States, Europe (in particular France) and the rest of the world. This is a 300-level course taught in English with 45 hours of class time.

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Language and Cinema

Spring (Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course covers French cinema from the 1930s to the present, with one film viewing and discussion each week. Prerequisite: six semesters of college French.. Taught in French. (Spring semester)

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Perspectives on Contemporary France

Spring (French; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

Students living and learning abroad are in an ideal position to reflect not only on the "realities" of the place where they are, but also on the cultural values, assumptions, and ways of thinking that have established those realities, and that inform the way the society views and discusses them. Using the book Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong as a model for the approach in this course, we will examine a series of French institutions and current social issues (structures of the 5th Republic, parties and electoral politics; social welfare system; debate over the EU and globalization; regionalism; immigration; gender and family; education and youth unemployment; etc.). We will use film, music, print and audiovisual media, and to the extent possible, interviews with French students of English as objects of study.

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Second Year French I

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

These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts. Prerequisite: two semesters of college French.

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Second Year French II

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

These courses involve a review and deeper study of the structure of the French language and the French culture. Practice of oral and written communication: speeches, discussions, interviews, role-playing, writing messages, statements, letters and stories. Practice of listening and reading comprehension through authentic materials such as news, films and literary texts. Prerequisite: three semesters of college French.

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Seminar in French Language

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

This course is specifically designed for students with an advanced knowledge who want to augment their ability to comprehend spoken French and to express themselves more fluently in French. Prerequisite: six semesters of college French. Taught in French.

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Survey of Art I: European/Western Art

Fall (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

Art history of western Europe through the 17th century, with particular emphasis on country specific art. For example, students in France will study influential French artists along with important European artists of that period. The art and vision of the world of each period are studied through architecture, sculpture and painting, including: Romanesque art (the great cathedrals) and the Renaissance (da Vinci, Michelangelo, El Greco). The objectives of the course are to develop a more complete knowledge of European and local culture through art and to learn to identify, analyze and appreciate works of art. Prerequisite: four semesters of college French. Taught in French. (Fall semester)

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Survey of French Literature I

Fall (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

Navarre, Béarn, and southwest France have a rich history of political, social, and religious evolution, much of which can be traced through the study of literary works set in, or otherwise associated with, this region. Reading these works while living and studying in the area can both bring the texts to life for students and deepen their understanding and appreciation of their surroundings. Literary readings would include chansons de geste, Marguerite de Navarre, writers from the court of Henri IV, and even Dumas; the course would also integrate historiographical material (The Return of Martin Guerre) and life-writing (Marguerite de Valois).

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Survey of French Literature II

Spring (French; 300-level; 3 credits)

A survey of important literary movements in France during the 19th and 20th centuries, with one or two representative works from each. While it is necessarily reductive to fly so quickly over 200 years’ worth of literature and to shoehorn “representative” works into their supposed literary movements, the objective of this course is to give students a general understanding of the evolution of modern French literature and to introduce them to authors and works they may want to explore further on their own. As we consider successive movements--Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, Symbolism, Decadence, Dada, Surrealism, Existentialism, Theatre of the Absurd/Avant-garde theatre, Négritude, and post-colonial Francophone literature--we will pay attention to significant features of form and style, while also considering historical and social context (the experience of multiple wars, the alienation of the human being in an increasingly mechanized technological world, the clashing perspectives of colonized and colonizer under the French colonial system, . . . ).

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Third Year French I

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

Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French. Prerequisite: four semesters of college French.

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Third Year French II

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

Classes revolve around compositions that the student writes frequently on a variety of topics. Part of the class is used to correct the composition or exercises, which the student does outside of class and on teaching the necessary expressions and structures for essay writing. The goal of these courses is to enable the students to express themselves effectively in formal and informal writing on practical, social and professional topics and to achieve a personal style in written French. Prerequisite: five semesters of college French.

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Twentieth-Century and Contemporary French Literature

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

Reflection on literary genres and their evolution in the 20th century. Study of philosophical dilemmas presented in 20th century French Literature. Readings from the works of Le Clézio, Mauriac, Céline, Sartre, Camus, Ionesco, Duras and others. Prerequisite: six semesters of college French. Taught in French.

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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 I (4 weeks)

Summer II (4 weeks)

Summer I & II (8 weeks)

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | French

Member

APUAF--Association des Programmes Universitaires Américains en France