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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Philip Anderson


Previously coded FRN2290


This unit introduces students to a variety of French films, with particular emphasis on leading directors from the New Wave to the present. It aims to develop awareness of specific contemporary cinematic genres and styles, the interaction between films and their social and cultural contexts and different critical approaches to film. The unit covers social issues such as the malaise of youth, consumerism, urban problems, national identity, immigration and womens position in society. It is open to students from other disciplines without prior background in French, while enabling French Studies students to use their skills in reading and interpreting the films and secondary sources.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand, discuss and analyse different cinematic genres and styles of contemporary French cinema
  2. Develop and express an understanding of the socio-cultural context of contemporary France
  3. Understand, discuss and analyse the ways in which selected French films reflect on and interpret social and cultural issues in contemporary France
  4. Develop an ability to engage with written and visual texts and to understand a body of critical writing in the field Additional objective for students in French:
  5. Develop a knowledge of specialist critical language in relation to film studies


Written work: 90% (4500 words)
Participation: 10%

Contact hours

1 x 1-hour lecture, 1 x 1-hour tutorial, 1 x 3 hour screening

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Visual culture
French studies


FRN3280, ATS3071