French for the Beginner 1
French for the Beginner 2
All French language courses are taught in French at the Catholic Institute and include planned cultural activities in Paris. (All students are expected to take one French language course as part of the six units. Exceptions may be granted by the program Director.)
EURO 498 / FNLT 498 / FREN 431 / FTVS 429
Paris Through Film
Professor Véronique Flambard-Weisbart
In this course, students will examine filmic narratives about / in Paris, from the 1950s up to the present, by representative French and international directors. Through a study of selected themes in cinematic genres, trends and movements, they will analyze how various local filmic narratives manage to represent “Frenchness”, and more specifically “Paris”, in the global context. They will learn to recognize and move beyond the many stereotypes associated with the City. All films will be shown in the original version with English subtitles. The class will be taught in English; however students taking it as FREN 431 will do all group discussions, blog, written works, and final exam in French. Visits to local sites in Paris pertinent to the themes studied in the films will be an integral component of the course.
ARHS 498 / CATH 498 / EURO 498
Medieval Art in France
Professor Kirstin Noreen
This course surveys the major developments in the arts from the rise of Christianity in Gaul until the Gothic period of the fourteenth century. Both the class and readings will consider the major social, religious, political, and historical influences on the development of art and architecture in medieval France. While arranged as a chronological survey, the lectures will also deal with such themes as the role of artists and patrons in the creation of medieval art, the significance of pilgrimage in the Romanesque period, and the cross-cultural influences that helped to shape the art and architecture of France. The readings will be selected to present students with both more in-depth analysis of specific monuments as well as various methodologies for the study of art history. Activities and assignments will be specifically related to resources in Paris and to site visits outside of the city.