CU @ Paris
FRE 525 Syllabus
SYLLABUS FOR FRENCH 525
L'Europe a sa ville, et cette ville c'est Paris --Victor Hugo
The streets sing, the stones talk. The houses drip history, glory, romance. -Henry Miller
General Information: Paris, Ville du Monde (Paris, City of the World)
Summer Travel Course
May 16-June 6, 2005
Dr. David S. Vanderboegh (email@example.com)
Office: HC 232 Telephone: 280-3033
Address in Paris: Hôtel Bellevue et du Chariot d'Or
39, Rue de Turbigo
Telephone: (011.33) 01.48.87.45.60
To provide the student with a general knowledge of the history of Paris through a coordinated program of study and site visits.
• Cole, Robert. A Traveller's History of Paris. New York: Interlink Books, 2003.
• Guide Michelin: Paris. (French or English version) May be purchased on site.
This course is designed for students with an interest in the history of Paris and France. French majors and co-majors will be required to submit assignments in French. Others may participate in English.
Students are expected to keep up with the assigned readings and participate in classroom discussions and all scheduled site visits. (Our "classroom" will often be at some historical site, or in our hotel.)
Assigned readings must be completed on time if you are to participate effectively with the group. Please read the Traveller's History entries (and Michelin Guide, if you like) before our trips to the sites listed. The Journal (see next page) should be considered a daily homework task.
There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it. But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.
New this year: Students have the choice between writing a research paper OR maintaining a daily journal. See below.
Students will write a research paper on the topic of their choice (approved by the instructor). A list of suggested topics will be presented. The paper shall be a minimum of five pages in length (handwritten papers are accepted in this course). Students may work in pairs on this project. Those needing English texts may wish to select a topic before departure in order to locate resource material. French majors and minors will find resource material in local libraries and bookstores.
A journal will be maintained by the student throughout the program. Daily entries shall be made regarding what was done during each day, details about the site visits (including factual information), and comments on various things observed or experienced during the course of the day, French majors and co-majors must write in French. Students may add illustrations, ticket stubs, restaurant tabs, etc. The instructor will collect them from time to time for review, providing feedback. A final grade will be assigned based on the quality of the journal, which the student will keep at the end of the program. (See sample journal entry, attached to this syllabus.)
Each student (or pair) will prepare an oral exposé on his/her topic, to be delivered on site if possible. Students who choose to write a term paper will offer an exposé on their paper topic. Students who choose the journal option must pick a topic of interest, and may work with a partner. (Topic should be approved by instructor before preparation begins.) The exposé may include a guided tour by the student(s) where appropriate. The exposés will be scheduled during the last week of the tour.
There will be three tests. The tests will cover the readings, lectures, and discussions for that period. They will be composed of matching and short-answer questions.
No scheduled group activities will occur on these days, and students are free to enjoy the city at their leisure, or travel with permission from the instructor (must provide complete itinerary). Some of this time may have to be used for course projects or study. One of the pleasures of this program is that students can choose to work in a Paris café, or find a quiet spot along the Seine for inspiration.
Oral Exposé 10%Term Paper/Journal 30%
Daily Activities Schedule
It is important to be flexible and open to opportunities as they present themselves.
Changes in itinerary due to weather or other circumstances are likely!
• We may make a day trip to Deauville, date to be announced
• We will have an evening on Montmartre with the Vadorin-Paone family
• An evening bateau mouche cruise on the Seine will be scheduled: weather important!
NOTE: Asterisk (*) denotes entry in (optional) Michelin Guide. Use index to locate.
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