FRE 2720: The Contemporary French, "Why Are the French So… ?"
Winer 2006 - Charles J. Stivale

Detailed Course Program


M W 11:45 AM -1:10 PM, 0269 Manoogian

[Groups I, II, III, and IV refer to assigned discussion groups for Threaded Discussions; see Response Assignment Guidelines for explanation and assignments; *** refers to classes for which a daily Quiz is in effect]

ABBREVIATIONS: FSR = Gorrara/Langford, France Since the Revolution; N/B =
Nadeau/Barlow, Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong

WEEK 1-
Monday, January 9
First day: Introductions, course outline, explanation of assignments, orientation to Blackboard

Wednesday, January 11
Chapter 1, Nadeau/Barlow - "Meet the Aborigines"
SAMPLE QUIZ 1 to be taken prior to class (see explanation of quiz on syllabus)
DISCUSSION BOARD: Students should place individual Introductions on the Discussion Board
Forum for this purpose (by 9 AM, 1/11 at latest)

WEEK 2-
Monday, January 16 - Martin Luther King Holiday - no class meeting

*** Wednesday, January 18
Chapter 1 & 2, FSR - "The French Revolution: origins and beginnings" / "The Revolution of
1848" [recommended: FSR Introduction]
GROUP I RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group I should respond to the questions on
Thread 2.1

WEEK 3-
*** Monday, January 23
Chapters 3-4, FSR, "The Paris Commune of 1871" / "The Drefyus Affair of 1894"
GROUP II RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group II should respond to the questions on
Thread 3.1 [recommend: FSR 2]

*** Wednesday, January 25
Chapters 5, FSR, "The First World War, 1914-18"
GROUP III RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group III should respond to the questions on
Thread 3.2

WEEK 4-
*** Monday, January 30
Chapter 7, N/B "World War II" + Chapter 6, FSR, "The Second World War, 1939-45"
GROUP IV RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group IV should respond to the questions on
Thread 4.1

Wednesday, February 1
Exam I (no class session) - French Watch Log I due (noon, 487 Manoogian or via virus-free
email)
*** Take-home Exam I due, Feb 3, noon (487 Manoogian or via virus-free email)

WEEK 5-
*** Monday, February 6
Chapters 2-3, Nadeau/Barlow, "Land on their Mind" / "Private Space"
GROUP I RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group I should respond to the questions on
Thread 5.1

*** Wednesday, February 8
Chapters 4-5, Nadeau/Barlow, "Grandeur Is Better" / "Art of Eloquence"
GROUP II RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group II should respond to the questions on
Thread 5.2

WEEK 6-
*** Monday, February 13
Chapters 6, Nadeau/Barlow, "Until-the-Bitter-End-Ism"
GROUP III RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group III should respond to the questions on
Thread 6.1

*** Wednesday, February 15
FSR Chapter 7, "The Brazzaville Conference of 1944," Chapter 8, Nadeau/Barlow, "Algeria"
GROUP IV RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group IV should respond to the questions on
Thread 6.2

WEEK 7-
*** Monday, February 20
Chapters 9-10, Nadeau/Barlow, "Penchant for Absolutism" / "The State
GROUP I RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group I should respond to the questions on
Thread 7.1

*** Wednesday, February 22
Chapter 11-12, Nadeau/Barlow, "Dogs, Towns…" / "Strong Language"
GROUPS II & III RESPONSES: Students assigned to Groups II & III should respond to the
questions on Thread 7.2 as follows: Group II, ch 11; Group III, ch. 12

WEEK 8-
*** Monday, February 27
Chapters 13-14, Nadeau/Barlow, "Élite Education" / "The Enarchy"
GROUP IV RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group IV should respond to the questions on
Thread 8.1

Wednesday, March 1
Exam II (no class session) - French Watch Log II due (noon, 487 Manoogian or via virus-free
email)
--- Take-home Exam II due, March 3, noon (487 Manoogian or via virus-free email)

WEEK 9-
*** Monday, March 6
Chapters 15-16, N/B, "In the Name of the Law" / "Civil Society"
GROUP I RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group I should respond to the questions on
Thread 9.1

*** Wednesday, March 8
Chapter 17, N/B, "Choreography of Protest," FSR Chapter 8, "May 1968"
GROUP II RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group II should respond to the questions on
Thread 9.2

[March 13-18 SPRING BREAK]

WEEK 10-
Monday, March 20
Film - "The Dinner Game" (required viewing in class, at the Foreign Language Technology
Center, or via rental) - NB: In order for class to view entire film, class will extend beyond the usual end time

Wednesday, March 22
*** Discussion of "The Dinner Game" + Chapters 18-19, Nadeau/Barlow, "Redistributing
Wealth" / "Economic Interventionism"
GROUP IV RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group IV should respond to the questions on
Thread 10.2

WEEK 11-
Monday, March 27
Film - "Hate" (required viewing in class or at the Foreign Language Technology Center, or via
rental) -- NB: In order for class to view entire film, class will extend beyond the usual end time

Wednesday, March 29
*** Discussion of "Hate" + Chapters 20-21, N/B, "The World According to the French" /
"The French Melting Pot"
GROUP IV RESPONSE: Students assigned to Group IV should respond to the questions on
Thread 11.2

WEEK 12 -
*** Monday, April 3
Film - "Salut, Cousin!" (required viewing in class or at the Foreign Language Technology
Center, or by rental) -- NB: In order for class to view entire film, class will extend beyond the usual end time

Wednesday, April 5
Discussion of "Salut, Cousin!" + Chapter 22-23, Nadeau/Barlow, "New Checks and Balances" /
"The Meaning of Europe"
OPEN GROUP RESPONSE: All students should respond to the questions on these chapters as
they relate to "Salut, Cousin!" -- Although no specific group is assigned to this thread 12.2, this open discussion provides an opportunity for extra participation credit both on the list and in the class discussion

WEEK 13
Monday, April 10
Film - "When the Cat's Away" (required viewing in class or at the Foreign Language
Technology Center, or by rental) -- NB: In order for class to view entire film, class will extend beyond the usual end time

*** Wednesday, April 12
Exam III (no class session) - French Watch Log III due (noon, 487 Manoogian or via virus-free
email)
--- Take-home Exam III due, Friday April 14, noon (487 Manoogian or via virus-free email)

WEEK 14-
Monday, April 17
OPEN GROUP RESPONSE: All students should respond to the questions on this chapter & and
"When the Cat's Away" + FSR Chapter 9, "The Campaign for Parity in the 1990s"

-- Distribution of Take-Home Examination [optional] (due April 28)

Wednesday, April 20
Conclusion: FSR Chapter 10, "Conclusion: towards a twenty-first-century Republic" + handouts
OPEN GROUP RESPONSE: All students should respond to the questions on this chapter
Watch Log reports

WEEK 15-
Monday, April 24
No class session - Work day to prepare Final French Watch Log and Take-home Final (or project)

-- Final French Watch Log due noon, Wednesday, April 26 at latest, 487 Manoogian or via
virus-free email

-- Take-Home Examination or Project due April 28, noon, 487 Manoogian (or via email)

 

 

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