Course Description

Course Name

Feminine, Feminism: Women who Made France

Session: VPRS1121

Hours & Credits

15 Contact Hours

Prerequisites & Language Level

Superior

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of 2 upper-division college level courses at their home university in the U.S.

High Advanced

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of five semesters (or eight quarters) at the college level.

Advanced

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (or six quarters) at the college level.

Overview

General objectives of the conference:
Discover and understand the great figures of feminism in France.
Discuss the political and social issues of the movement throughout history.
Understand the current scope of actions and works that have marked the movement.


Pedagogical approach of the teacher:
10 sessions of 1:30
Communicative and action-oriented, always maintaining the FLE approach. The conference must also allow the student to enrich his lexicon and syntax in French.
Questions, remarks and discussions are put during the conference.


Supports
Power point handouts gathering selected excerpts and lighting supplements.
Excerpts from video documentaries, radio programs, films, etc.

Summary bibliographic references:
Reading recommendations will be made during each of the 10 sessions.


Evaluation:
A final exam at the 11th session, rated out of 20 and adapted to the linguistic level of the student.
MCQ and answers to write (one or two questions of the course, a question of reflection)
6 / Attendance: the student will have to sign an attendance sheet upon entering the conference.
In case of absence, the mimeographs of the missed session are always available at the reception

Practical information:
Beginning of lectures on: September 18, 2019
End of lectures on: December 18, 2019
Review on: To be specified
Teacher's contact details: dominique.amsellem@ccfs-sorbonne.fr
All Saints' holidays: from October 22 to November 4, 2019 included.


PROVISIONAL TIMETABLE
Day Theme
SESSION 1 Presentation of the conference and the program; methodological advice.
A short history of feminism in France
SESSION 2 A committed writer: Simone de Beauvoir
(1) The strength of a life
SESSION 3 Simone de Beauvoir (2): the scope of a work
Discussion around the reading of an extract of the 2nd sex.
SESSION 4 Committed politician: Simone Veil + Women of the Academy / Women of the Pantheon
SESSION 5 A writer, filmmaker, in love and committed: Marguerite Duras and La Pain
SESSION 6 A woman in combat; the fight of a woman: Joan of Arc.
SESSION 7 Beautiful but rebellious: women and fashion, George Sand and Coco Chanel.
SESSION 8 The Art of Being a Woman, two very feminine artists: Berthe Morisot and Camille Claudel.
SESSION 9 Women's Science: Marie Curie.
SESSION 10 A great adventurer: Alexandra David-Néel
Review revisions.
SESSION 11 FINAL EXAMINATION

*Course content subject to change