French society, culture, and literature II

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 60
Type: P

Main Instructor

dr. Sonia Vaupot, Assistant Professor

Course Description

Objectives and competences

  • Awareness of the complexity of the notion culture and French culture;
  • The ability to understand the function of literary texts in the French society;
  • Recognizing the most important authors of the 19th and the 20th centuries.
  • Awareness of the differences and similarities between the Slovene and French society;
  • Discussing themes and problems of modern French society and culture.
  • A detailed discussion of individual themes, becoming familiar with French society and culture, as well as the life and customs in order to systematically enhance vocabulary.
  • Developing linguistic and intercultural ability.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course is divided into two units:

a) French Literature II

b) French Society and Culture II

French literature: An overview of French literature of the 19th and the 20th centuries. Students learn about the literary and historical categories of French literature and are able to place it within the context of European literature. They learn about the basic periods in French literature, as well as literary movements, authors, and their works.

French society and culture: selected chapters from French history; institutions; political system; legal system; economy.


  • Brunel, P., Histoire de la littérature française, XIX et XX siècle, Paris, Bordas, 1996
  • Vaupot, Sonia. Civilisation française : histoire, institutions, économie. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete, 2009.

 For their home reading students have to select at least 7 works from the reading list provided by the lecturer.


Enrollment in the second year of Interlingual Communication.


The final passing grade is the average of passing grades from both cycles. The grades from individual cycles are:

  • French society and culture: exam (50 % of the final grade)
  • French literature: exam and home reading, i. e. at least 7 texts from the reading list provided by the lecturer (50 % of the final grade).

Assessment scale: 6–10 (positive) or 1–5 (negative); in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the faculty's examination rules.


Sonia Vaupot