Faculty of Modern LanguagesFrench/Romance Studies – Bachelor 25%

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Degree programmes in Romance studies consider Romance languages, literature and cultures. The study of French focusses more particularly, on languages, literature and cultures in the French-speaking world. 

Admission Procedure Winter Semester 2019/20

Dates for the admission procedure for the winter semester 2019/20 (subject to change)
Current Dates

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and French
Fees and contributions171.80 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with entrance examination procedure
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

The Bachelor’s degree programme in French with a weighting of 25% encompasses the following areas: 

Literary studies

French literary studies considers French and francophone literature, theatre and film. Texts of all genres, and from various periods; from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first  century, along with theatre productions and film adaptations of literary works, are considered. There is a particular focus on the following areas: 

  • literature and cultural history 
  • literary theory and poetry 
  • literary genres (i.e. the three major genres; the epic, drama and poetry) 

Linguistics

  • the transition from Latin to a Romance language and the development of French 
  • the history and spread of the French language 
  • French language contact and French in francophone countries 
  • analysis of the French language system (morphology, lexic, grammar, phonetics/phonology) 
  • language and society, language variation and varieties of French 
  • contemporary French 
  • media and discourse analysis 
  • language standardisation, language policy and language criticism 
  • linguistic theories and methods 

Cultural studies

  • analysis of cultural phenomena in the French-speaking world; from artistic expression (e.g. film) to popular culture (e.g. fashion), both in the past and in the present day 
  • analysis of public discourses and their presentation in the media 
  • analysis of the relationships between culture and power (e.g cultural inheritance, mass media) 
  • theories and methods of cultural analysis (e.g. performance, construction of space) and comparative cultural analysis (e.g. intercultural and transcultural approaches) 
  • interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches 
  • postcolonial theories 

Language practice

French language courses are designed to enable students to: 

  • speak and write correctly and fluently 
  • understand complex contemporary texts (novels, newspapers, academic texts etc.), films, radio and television programmes, song lyrics etc. 
  • reflect on and discuss, both orally and in written form, aspects of French society, literary works and linguistic phenomena 
  • master and make accurate and differentiated use of grammatical structures, in particular in the area of French syntax 
  • recognise and distinguish between different registers (formal, informal, official French) 
  • translate texts of all types into French (i.e. literary, academic, journalistic texts) 

Course Structure

A description of the period of study can be found in the module handbook for the degree programme.