Course Title: French Language and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: French Language and Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Kerry Mullan

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2264

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37. 05. 32

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily completed LANG1249 French 5 or equivalent with coordinator approval. before you commence this course. 

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. 

Course Description

This course is one of two advanced courses taught entirely in French from a total of eight courses in French offered at RMIT University. 

The course will build on your existing knowledge of the French language and culture through the study of contemporary issues affecting the French language as covered in the Francophone media.

You will analyse some of the social and historical aspects as well as the current context of the French language of in France, and other French speaking countries. 

All classes will be delivered in French, and emphasis will be placed on the development on the development of all language skills (oral/aural/reading/writing) in the French language with a particular emphasis on listening and writing skills. 

You will be encouraged to be responsible for your own learning and to build on your knowledge to a level where you can continue with further self-directed learning. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will complement the RMIT capabilities you are developing in your program. 


Course Learning Outcomes  

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1. Communicate increasingly fluently in both oral and written French on the topics studied
  2. Analyse and discuss a range of authentic materials in French
  3. Demonstrate ongoing independent learning
  4. Reflect and debate in French on sociolinguistic and socio-cultural topics. 

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of structured in class activities provide opportunities to develop all your language skills (oral/aural/reading/writing) with a particular emphasis on listening and writing skills. 

Multimedia resources, and readings relating to socio-cultural topics will be introduced and discussed. You will be expected to participate actively in many pair and group activities and to use only French. Therefore, regular class attendance is essential to support your learning. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You may need to purchase a prescribed text and a recommended language dictionary. Multimedia teaching and learning resources and tools will also be used and made available through MyRMIT Studies. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. 

Assessment Tasks 

1. In class test: language & content 15% CLO1, CLO2

2. In class test: listening 15% CLO1, CLO2

3. Oral exam 30% CLO1, CLO2, CLO4

4. Essay (1500 words) 40%  CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.