French society, culture, and literature 2

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 60

Course Description

Objectives and subject-specific competences

Ability to recognize interlingual differences and similarities between French and Slovene culture.

  • Recognizing differences between the French and Slovene social system, political system, religion, and domestic lifestyle.
  • Learning about intercultural differences and similarities.
  • Developing linguistic, translation, and intercultural ability.
  • Ability to comprehend French and Slovene literary texts.
  • Ability to define specific features of cultures and civilizations in vocabulary and texts.

Description of content

French society and culture: Students learn about intercultural differences and similarities. Discussing themes and problems of modern French society and culture. Recognizing differences and similarities between the French and Slovene social systems.
Learning about various aspects, from the political system, economic organization, and the main religious communities to domestic lifestyle, holidays, customs, characteristic pastime activities, etc.
A detailed discussion of individual themes, becoming familiar with French society and culture, language usage in various institutions and media, as well as the life and customs of the French in order to systematically enhance vocabulary. Vocabulary is connected to specific themes in French society and culture.
Students also 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. An overview of French literature from its beginnings until the 20th century, as well as discussion of various periods.

Basic bibliography

  • Bourgeois R., La France des régions, Grenoble, PUG FLE, 2001
  • Bourgeois R., Terrone P., La France des Institutions, Grenoble, PUG FLE, 2004
  • Brunel, P., Histoire de la littérature française, XIX et XX siècle, Paris, Bordas, 1996
  • Students are required to read at least seven texts from the literature list given to them by the instructor.

    Conditions for inclusion or to undertake work required:


    Enrollment in the second year of the Interlingual Communication course.

    Methods of assessment and the assessment scale


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

    • French society and culture: exam and term project;
    • French literature: exam, as well as reading required literature; i.e., at least 7 texts from the literature list given to students by their instructor.

    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.