Winter Term - Off Campus
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This intensive three week study abroad subject will be taught in Touraine, in the heart of the Loire Valley. It will focus on one of the most creative times of French history, albeit one of the most turbulent, the Renaissance. With a series of lectures and detailed site visits, this subject will examine some of the most striking examples of French Renaissance architecture, including the famed “Chateaux de la Loire” built during the late 16th century, and learn about arts and history. This course will use an interdisciplinary approach (linguistic, history, art history, botany, gastronomy etc.), and students will be involved in a range of activities with native speakers.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have gained an appreciation of academic French through the confident use of sophisticated oral and written French at level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages in real life situations;
- built a rounded picture of Renaissance France and Europe;
- have gained an overview of two specialized fields in at least one of the three core areas of Renaissance French literature, art, and cultural studies;
- be able to reflect on their positionality as a bicultural and bilingual person and as a global citizen;
- have established literary, historical, philosophical, linguistic and cultural connections between the Renaissance Age and contemporary society;
- be able to make wide use of learning and research technologies in French and English.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- show critical thinking and analysis through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of an argument;
- demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources;
- demonstrate understanding of social, ethical and cultural contexts;
- demonstrate international awareness and openness to the world;
- show awareness of new aspects of French and European culture;
- demonstrate skills in public speaking and confidence in self-expression through seminar participation and class presentations.
Last updated: 29 July 2022