French, Literature, and Culture Undergraduate Programme

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The Department of French, Literature, and Culture offers a programme that focuses on French literature in the francophone world and other aspects of French, literature, and culture such as civilization and language (linguistics and stylistics). The department offers a Bachelor of Arts Honours (B.A. Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). French is the only working language within the department. Most courses may be taken by all students possessing the required knowledge and ability. The final decision on eligibility will be made by the course instructor, with the approval of the Department Head.

Programme Objectives

The French, Literature, and Culture programme is intended to provide students with a university education, promote their intellectual development and give them the knowledge and abilities that can be gained through the study of literature and language.

The courses offered by the department have four main objectives:

  1. to teach students how to express themselves clearly and accurately, orally and in writing, and how to discuss various subjects rigorously and at length;
  2. to make students aware of interference from the second language;
  3. to draw students' attention to the importance of cultural and social values in the evolution of civilization and the contemporary world, particularly the French-speaking world; and
  4. to develop students' intellectual faculties, especially the ability to think and to analyze. These skills are often required in the exercise of their profession, particularly in the areas of human relationships and problems.

Ability to communicate:

While the mastering of oral and written communication is emphasized in the 100 and 200-level courses, these skills are also stressed in the 300 and 400 level courses, particularly for students doing the B.A.Honours or the B.A.

The analytical study of literary works helps to assess situations with a critical mind. The analysis of literary texts is useful in developing a critical mind; knowledge of critical and analytical methods leads to a better appreciation of language's potential and limitations.

Perceptual development:

Literary studies enable students to fully understand and appreciate the cultural and social values of a people or community and help them to recognize the forces that shape the evolution of a society. The French, Literature, and Culture programme demonstrates, at all levels, that the influence of cultural and social forces is as important as the influence of political, economic, strategic and historical realities in understanding the past evolution of societies and the complex nature of the contemporary world.

Intellectual development:

French, Literature, and Culture, like studies in other disciplines, enable students to acquire the methods involved in logical analysis and evaluation. However, because of the very nature of literature, the programme also helps to promote less Cartesian forms of thinking, such as intuition, imagination and a sense of aesthetics. These kinds of thinking are particularly useful for resolving human problems.

A literary work generally deals with human problems and the measures taken to resolve them. These problems require intellectual flexibility and an ability to analyze. Such abilities are extremely useful for people in management and other positions of responsibility.

Programme Structure

100-Level Courses

Courses designed to improve the student's composition, style and understanding of French literature in general and French-Canadian literature in particular.

200-Level Courses

Courses designed to perfect the student's style and to teach an appreciation of the most important French literary works of the 19th and 20th centuries. These courses can also serve as a foundation for future studies in the humanities, social sciences or administration.

300 & 400-Level Courses

Courses designed mainly for students completing the B.A. Honours or the B.A. in French, Literature, and Culture. These courses may also be taken by students enrolled in other programmes.

The courses cover two main areas:

  • literature, and
  • linguistics

There are three categories of literature courses:

  • French literature,
  • French-Canadian literature, and
  • literature by French-speaking authors from other cultures.

Most of the courses offered are given every two years. It is highly recommended that students choose their courses in advance, seek advice from the professors in the Department and discuss their choices with the Department administration.

B.A. Honours in French, Literature, and Culture

To earn an B.A. Honours the student must:

  • successfully complete the 40 credits as set out in the programme of study, including the core courses for arts programmes
  • successfully complete the courses specified in the B.A. Honours programme, at least 20 credits in the discipline,
  • maintain a minimum B average in all 300 and 400 level courses in their B.A. Honours programme
  • attain at least a B- average in the 400 level courses.

The B.A. Honours French, Literature, and Culture requires completion of 40 credits, with at least 20 credits selected form the offerings of the French, Literature, and Culture Department in accordance with the following:

I. Mandatory Courses

  • FRF152: Cours de composition et d'introduction aux études littéraires I (2 credits)
  • FRF262: Cours de composition et d'introduction aux études littéraires II (2 credits)
  • FRF344: Stylistique française I (1 credit)
  • FRF346: Stylistique française II (1 credit)
  • FRF347: Théories littéraires (1 credit)

II. Mandatory selection of at least one course from each of the five following sections:

Section A – De l’Antiquité à la Renaissance

  • FRF372: Théâtre médiéval et classique
  • FRF376: La littérature française du Moyen Âge I
  • FRF378: La littérature française du Moyen Âge II
  • FRF379: Art oratoire
  • FRF381: Les moralistes du XVIe siècle
  • FRF440: Vie et mort des grands héros de l’Antiquité

Section B – Du Grand Siècle aux Lumières

  • FRF367: Poésie française du Moyen Âge à la Révolution
  • FRF373: Théâtre post classique
  • FRF383: Les moralistes française du XVIIe siècle
  • FRF386: La littérature française du siècle des lumières I
  • FRF388: La littérature française du siècle des lumières II
  • FRF420: Roman épistolaire
  • FRF460: L’écriture au féminin sous l’Ancien Régime

Section C – Modernité(s)

  • FRF331: Expression de la guerre dans la littérature française
  • FRF335: Récits de militaires et d’explorateurs en Afrique de Napoléon à la Première Guerre mondiale
  • FRF353: Roman français du XIXe siècle
  • FRF355: Roman français du XXe siècle
  • FRF369: Poésie d’expression française depuis la Révolution
  • FRF375: Théâtre français du XXe siècle
  • FRF428: L’essai au XXIe siècle : crise, terreur, paranoïa et sécurité intérieure
  • FRF474Littérature française de 1945 à 1980
  • FRF476: Littérature française de 1980 à aujourd’hui

Section D – de Jacques Cartier à la Révolution tranquille

  • FRF333: Expression de la guerre dans la littérature canadienne-française
  • FRF356: Rapprocher les deux solitudes : les littératures du Canada anglais et du Canada français
  • FRF453: Le roman canadien-français avant la Révolution tranquille
  • FRF466: Poésie canadienne française I
  • FRF470: Théâtre canadien français I
  • FRF483: Civilisation canadienne-française avant le XX e siècle

Section E – Modernité franco-canadienne

  • FRF334: Figure du sportif-guerrier dans la littérature québécoise
  • FRF455: Le roman canadien-français depuis la Révolution tranquille
  • FRF468: Poésie canadienne-française II
  • FRF472: Théâtre canadien français II
  • FRF485: Civilisation canadienne-française de 1900 à nos jours
  • FRF493: Littérature canadienne-française hors Québec

III.  At least five courses from the following section:

  • FRF312: Regards croisés sur les littératures française et britannique (1850 -1900)
  • FRF324: Littérature francophone subsaharienne des Indépendances aujourd’hui
  • FRF326: Littérature francophone du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient, de la colonisation à nos jours
  • FRF337: Caractéristiques linguistiques du français québécois
  • FRF339: Variété du français québécois
  • FRF342: Grammaire et rédaction avancées
  • FRF348: Approche historique et linguistique de la langue française I
  • FRF350: Approche historique et linguistique de la langue française II
  • FRF389: De l’influence de la littérature anglaise en France à l’époque des Lumières
  • FRF402Orient-Occident, écritures croisées
  • FRF413: Littérature européenne en traduction
  • FRF415: Littératures non-européennes en traduction
  • FRF422: Littérature de voyage
  • FRF426: Études dirigés avancées
  • FRF430: Échec des utopies dans la littérature française depuis la fin de la guerre froide
  • FRF432: Surréalisme
  • FRF434: Témoigner
  • FRF436: Absurde
  • FRF438: Rétrospective sur un auteur
  • FRF443: La rhétorique antique
  • FRF444: La rhétorique moderne
  • FRF478: Liens entre la littérature française et les arts (arts plastiques et musique)
  • FRF495: Francophonie dans le monde

IV. The three remaining credits can be chosen from:

  • Any of the five sections (A, B, C, D, E) or from category III.
Note: At least two courses in different genres (e.g. ex: poésie, essai, théâtre, roman) must have been followed for the baccalaureate.

B.A. French, Literature, and Culture

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree within a discipline, a student must:

  • successfully complete the required courses set out in the B.A. programme, with at least 16 credits within the discipline,

The B.A. in French, Literature, and Culture requires completion of at least 16 credits selected from the offerings of the French, Literature, and Culture Department in accordance with the progressions described in category I. and II except for category III; at least 3 credits from this section.

The remaining credit can be chosen from any of the five sections (A, B, C, D, E) or from category III.

Minor in French, Literature, and Culture

For a minor in French, Literature, and Culture, you need 8 credits in the discipline.

Programme Outline Tables

The programme outline tables are an example the typical course load of a student enrolled in a B.A. Honours or a B.A. in French, Literature, and Culture.

Semester Fall
year 1
year 1
year 2
year 2
Semester total 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
Semester Fall
year 3
year 3
year 4
year 4
  • PSF301
  • 1 science credit Note 3
  • FRF344
  • French, Literature, and Culture
    • 1 credit
  • Elective
    • 1 credit
  • HIF271
  • 1 science credit Note 3
  • FRF346
  • French, Literature, and Culture
    • B.A. Honours x 2 credits
  • Elective
    • B.A. x 2 credits
  • POF205
  • FRF347
  • French, Literature, and Culture
    • B.A. Honours x 2 credits
    • B.A. x 1 credit
  • Elective
    • B.A. Honours x 1 credit
    • B.A. x 2 credits
  • PSF401
  • French, Literature, and Culture
    • B.A. Honours x 3 credits
    • B.A. x 2 credits
  • Elective
    • B.A. Honours x 1 credit
    • B.A. x 2 credits
Semester total 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits 5 credits
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