FRENCH 350 - Special Topics in French and Francophone Studies
Section: 101 Youth in Postwar France
Term: SP 2009
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Two courses in FRENCH numbered 250-299; or FRENCH 235 and two RCLANG 320 (RCCORE 320); or FRENCH 235, one course in FRENCH numbered 250-299 and one RCLANG 320 (RCCORE 320).
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course we will explore the social, cultural, and political changes that characterize postwar France, by focusing on one of its most dynamic forces, namely youth. As a demographic category, youth cuts across social classes, and can reveal important insight into the economic, cultural, and political transformations of a country. In France, in particular, youth has been at the forefront of the battles for sexual, social, and political freedom and justice, and the impact of its demands can still rattle the status quo. To facilitate this survey, we will study this phenomenon in chronological fashion: from the sexual liberation movement of the 60’s, which culminated in the political uprising of ’68, to the movements and upheavals of the past decades, centered around issues of immigration and economic rights, cultural identities and racial discrimination, education reform and (un)employment.

Materials for study will include literary texts (Françoise Sagan’s novel Bonjour tristesse, Georges Perec, Les Choses, and Gisèle Pineau, Un Papillon dans la cité); sociological essays and reports published in journals and magazines; films and documentaries, from the Nouvelle Vague to the more recent movies produced by directors of North-African descent.

Evaluation will be based on two short papers, one or two exposés, and a final research project on a subject related to the problematic of the course. This project can take the form of a written final essay, a power-point presentation or a combination of media.

FRENCH 350 - Special Topics in French and Francophone Studies
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101 (REC)
TuTh 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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