French at UCC will not only expand your knowledge and use of the language, it will introduce you to modern French culture and the cultures of French-speaking countries worldwide.
Along with translation, philosophy, visual culture and linguistics, you will study a wide range of topics, including history, literature, music, theatre, politics and the connections France has to other countries.
The course brings together a sense of French culture, its role in the world, and the value of the language Â– one of the two working languages of many institutions, such as the European Union.
French at UCC opens the door to a vast amount of opportunities on a global scale.
You will study one language course, covering grammar, comprehension, oral and auditory work, and one culture course, which is lecture-based. The language classes are small, so participation is a vital part of the learning process.
Years 2 and 3
You will take a language class and a literature seminar. Most students take a lecture course on the 17th century (covering politics, architecture, literature, role of women, art). Options are then available on art, linguistics, writings from North Africa and beyond, politics, theatre, fiction, philosophy.
Up to now you will probably have read onlyshort texts in French, and as your study and skills develop in French, you will be reading books, articles, websites, and watching media in the original language Â– gradually increasing as you progress through the course and your language improves.
As well as learning about these areas of French culture, the idea is that such work will be absolutely necessary to helping you get a feel for the language so that you can use it creatively, as well as for answering or asking questions.
Some classes take place in the French language (including all language classes), but we will ease you into this, with more in the final year.
You may take French as a four-yearBA Internationaland spend the third year in a French-speaking country. In your year abroad, you will study the same subject you follow at UCC, along with French.
See the College Calendar for additional information on the College Calendar and the Book of Modules for further information on the modules.
Course Code: CK101, CK108
Course Title: Arts
Subject Title: French
College: Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration: 3 years
Teaching Mode: Full-time
Qualifications: BA (Hons)
NFQ Level: Level 8
Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2016/17 the Student Contribution Charge will be EUR 3,000 and the Capitation Fee will be EUR 165.
2017 Entry Requirements: Students selecting French as a subject in CK101 or CK108 must have taken it as a subject in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For Arts entry requirements, refer to CK101.
Entry Points: CK101: 350 in 2015. CK108: 475 in 2015
Expected lecture hours:In first year you will study three hours of language and two hours of French culture per week. In second and final year, you have your core modules (always three hours of language, usually two more core culture hours), plus optional modules in specific areas of French studies.
Expected reading hours:You will be expected to do reading, some of which is in French. This should add up to about the same time for preparation as the class hours, per week. For the literature class, this may involve two hours work per week. You can take whichever option modules your timetable allows.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment.
All students will have language tests (two in Year 1, two in Year 2, one in Year 3), plus oral exams and language exams.
Essays are also required. In Year 1 there is one essay plus one exam. In Year 2 there is one literature exam. In Year 3, you will do one exam in French Linguistics.
Optional culture modules are generally assessed by one essay, written during the year. The literature seminar is assessed by presentation, participation and essay.
Refer to CK101and CK108. First year students choose Arts subjects when registering.
Further Contact Information
T: +353 (0)21 490 2702
Dr Martin Howard
Head of Department
T: +353 (0)21 490 2702