Prerequisite: B+ average in French III and instructor approval

This course is intended to expand a student's knowledge of the culture, literature, and history of France and its connection to the Francophone World. Students will explore cultures in the Francophone world through reading and discussion, in French, of newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary literary excerpts and other non-technical writings. In addition, students will experience paintings, songs, dishes, and films hailing from France and a variety of Francophone countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas.

Students will explore the legacy of colonialism and post-colonialism, and pay particular attention to issues of race, identity, language, and nationhood.  This course will be taught entirely in the target language and is recommended for advanced French students. Students will review basic grammatical, vocabulary, and spelling notions via project and presentation.  Enthusiasm for speaking and writing French is essential!