J-Term 2021

Undergraduate Courses

FREN 3559  French for Diplomacy Direct from Lyon, France!

FREN 3559 French for Diplomacy

(Direct from Lyon, France.)

Take this course as an opportunity to learn how you can transfer your French skills and knowledge of the Francophone culture to a professional context, should you decide to seek a job or an internship overseas, enter a career in foreign policy or get a job in international relations in the next future!

In this two-week intensive course, students learn about:

  • major institutions in French diplomacy
  • European and International organizations based in French-speaking countries
  • main and historical positions of France on international issues

Students will also:

  • be introduced to International Relations research in French
  • practice job interviews 
  • hone their oral and writing language skills for use in diplomatic structures
  • learn the practical/cultural aspects of living and working in French. 

Throughout the course, we will use case studies to further our understanding of foreign relations of the Francophone world, invite guest speakers to contribute to our discussions, examine multiple audiovisual materials related to French diplomacy, and read new articles to add to our reflections.

Individual presentations, group project, and various writing/online assignments to be expected.

Pre-Requisite:  FREN 3032
Taught online
Instructor:  Lova Rajaonariosoa (lr2vpr@virginia.edu)

FREN 4585  Topics in Cultural Studies:  Currents of Change:  Artistic and Social Movements in 20th/21st Century France, Quebec, and the Carribbean


FREN 4585  Topics in Cultural Studies:  Currents of Change:  Artistic and Social Movements in 20th/21st Century, Quebec, and the Carribbean

How does art challenge social conventions? How do we change social conventions through art?  In this project-focused course, students will delve into these questions through the examination of artistic and social movements of 20th/21st century France, Québec, and the Caribbean. As a whole class, we will discuss selected declarations on political, artistic, and social movements, including, among others, Manifeste du surréalisme, Le deuxième sexe, Éloge de la créolité and Défense et illustration de la langue québécoise. At the same time, students will work closely with the professor in groups or individually on a student-driven research project through which they will examine the historical and artistic context of a chosen aesthetic current, the conventions that it challenges and the social and cultural developments of the particular movement. Students will choose readings, assign discussion questions, and lead workshops on their chosen topics. Students are encouraged to use their previous experience, knowledge, and interests to determine the focus of their study. Possible concentrations could be Dadaism, Surrealism, the Absurd, Feminism, Négritude, Existentialism, Postmodernism, the Quiet Revolution, Créolité, or other aesthetic movements.

Taught online

Instructor:  Elizabeth Hall (ebh3f@virginia.edu)



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