GE3: France, Universite Technologique de Troyes (UTT) (Exchange)
GE3: France, Institut National des Science Appliques (INSA Lyon) (Exchange)
GE3: France, Grenoble Institue of Technology (INPG) (Exchange)
Drexel in France: Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur (ESCE) (Exchange)
Drexel in France: CIEE Rennes
Drexel in France: CIEE Paris
Drexel in France: Summer in Montpellier
Drexel in Belgium: EPA Brussels
Drexel Abroad programs are open to students in all disciplines who are pre-juniors or juniors and above and who meet the following requirements:
- a cumulative average of 3.0 (3.5 for pre-juniors)
- at least two upper-division courses in history, politics, and/or sociology
- completion of the intermediate year of college language study or the equivalent
FRENCH 313 - ADVANCED FRENCH STYLISTICS
This course stresses conversation and prepares students to function linguistically and culturally in French-speaking countries. So whether you go to France, Belgium, Québec, Sénégal or elsewhere, be it for leisure, study or work, soon or later, this is a course which will introduce you to genuine French for application in real life.
FRENCH 332 - STUDIES IN FRENCH LITERATURE
L'Amour en littérature et film
An introductory course to French/ Francophone literature through the theme of love, with excerpts of representative texts to gain familiarity in genre, authors, figures of speech, discourse analysis, historical and cultural contexts, etc. It includes reading, and oral and written analysis of the chosen texts, and the viewing of movies from corresponding time-periods on the theme of love.
FRENCH 333 - ADVANCED FRENCH LITERATURE
L'exil en littérature
This course will examine, through excerpts of francophone literature, various forms of exile, together with some of its ramifications like new possibilities, or on the contrary, marginalization and exclusion. It presents French/ Francophone literature through the theme of exile, with excerpts of representative texts to gain familiarity in some features of genre, various francophone authors (20th and 21st century mainly), figures of speech, discourse analysis, historical and cultural contexts, etc. It includes reading and oral and written analysis of the chosen texts.
There will then be an emphasis on reading and analytical skills but also on writing and speaking in class.
Des mots et des mets
Words and food from the country whose cuisine has been declared "world intangible heritage" by UNESCO in November 2010. This course introduces French cuisine in its context, i.e. its various aspects: historical, social, societal, economic, together with some very current issues. It illustrates it through excerpts from French literature, XXth but mostly XXIst century writers, through film too, and insists above all on the pleasure of food and texts, of eating and writing.
FREN 371 - Specialized Studies in French Civilization & Culture
Voyages en France
Voyages en France invites you to a discovery of the variety and richness of France, the most visited country in the world, through some of its regions, nine out of twenty-six, metropolitan and overseas included. Based on a movie each week, the course leads you to probe deeper into the various regions past, politics, industry, social-economics, linguistics, architecture, art, music, literature and gastronomy.
La France et ses médias
La France et ses médias, is designed for students to understand how France operates, ticks and feels on national and international issues with an insider's view, through its written, spoken and audiovisual press, and to learn about current events and debates in France, and French-specific features of government, politics, society, welfare, and culture. Through the use of the internet, various documents and a text-book, it provides very up-to-date and immediate access to what is going on in the Hexagon. Intense practice of the four skills at an advanced level: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
Paris je t'aime
A study of the biggest francophone city of which Gertrude Stein used to say: "America is my country and Paris is my hometown". Its characteristics and identity will be apprehended through major historical and current events, economy, sociology, urbanism, and through reflections in literature, film and other arts.
FRENCH 411 - SPECIAL STUDIES IN ADVANCED FRENCH STYLISTICS
La Chanson française
French songs studied as a linguistic and cultural tool.
Quotidien et Air du temps
What is our daily life made of: "bread," routine, chores, fun, surprise, "métro, boulot, dodo" or "le bel aujourd'hui"? With daily life as a theme, learn how various texts from varied fields (literary, journalistic, comics, film, songs) express discourse, and by what means. Through a close study of style and discussion in class, students will practice the four skills, especially textual analysis and writing, by imitation and creation.
FRENCH 431 - SPECIALIZED STUDY IN ADVANCED FRENCH /FRANCOPHONE LITERATURE
Romans contemporains introduces you to four very successful contemporary novels that made the top of the list. You will discover some writers and works that the French are reading in these 21st century years, and be acquainted with contemporary French writing and themes.
La nouvelle francophone, hier et aujourd'hui
A study of XXth and XXIst century short stories from France and the Francophone world from contemporary writers from France, Martinique, Algeria, Québec, Vietnam, Belgium, Switzerland, etc…
Literature, the short story in this case, as mimesis or imitation of life, and therefore close attention will be paid to the atmosphere, plot and climax of the various texts but also to their cultural components and what they tell about people, mores, places, habits, History, politics, etc… Along the course, characteristics of the short story will be defined and what makes it a genre on its own. There will then be an emphasis on reading and analytical skills but also on writing and speaking in class.
Impressions d'Orient et d'Occident : parcours de femmes
From Nasser's Egypt to France in the 90's to contemporary Japan, four novels of the last decade by Paula Jacques, Emmanuèle Bernheim, Minna Sif, Amélie Nothomb which describe women under different times and climes. How do these women work, love, laugh and cry, in a word cope with life ? What are their places and roles in the family and society ? What are their opportunities and/or constraints ? Such are some of the questions that will be examined in this class with textual analysis, or a feminist or cultural studies approach.
Regards croisés Europe/Amérique du Nord
A study through several literary works and/or excerpts of essays and news-articles from Québec, Belgium and France, of the United States as seen by "alien" eyes and minds. How do the country, its inhabitants, the American way of life appear to French, Québécois and Belgian writers in general? How does what is often called "America" in both languages also appear in French-speaking literature after September 11? How is also France seen through American or Québécois eyes? What is the value of an approach from beyond the USA borders or the Hexagon of these respective countries? Does it carry sharp and interestingly new, fresh insights, or clichés and prejudices? Does it reflect the foreign writer's gaze or reveal more than native, self-reflecting writing would? Such will be some of the issues raised in this study.
Souvenirs d'enfance : souvenirs d'en France et d'ailleurs
20th century childhood memories from France and elsewhere (colonial Algeria, Egypt, Japan) considered in their cultural context (time, place, social class, family structure, schooling...) and their literary dimension (self-narrative characteristics, role of memory, choice of genre: “memories”, novel, autobiography).
Notre présent, notre monde
From the private, to the public, to the international sphere, how do French novelists see our times and our world? How are the family, globalization, postcolonialism, immigration, Islam and islamism, September 11 perceived through the prism of very recent fiction? Weekend de chasse à la mère (Geneviève Brisac, 1996), Histoire du monde en neuf guitares (Erik Orsenna, 1996), Le Ventre de l'Atlantique (Fatou Diome, 2003), Allah superstar (Y. B., 2003), and 11 septembre mon amour (Luc Lang, 2003) will provide some answers.
L'Union européenne et la France
A study of the European Union from its beginnings to nowadays through its treaties, institutions, transformations, evolution, successes and failures, and of France in relationship to this evolving body, throughout the last six decades.
What is or is not this ever-enlarging EU with 10 new member countries in 2004 and Bulgaria and Rumania joining in 2007, other countries applying too? What is this new 27 countries configuration like in political, social, economic, foreign policy terms since its constitution was voted down by France and the Netherlands? How does the EU function in its own realm and in its interaction with the rest of the world? How can it evolve? These are some questions to debate.
FRENCH 471 - SPECIALIZED STUDY IN FRENCH/FRANCOPHONE CIVILISATION
Aspects de la France contemporaine et multiculturelle
La France et la société française telles qu'elles peuvent s'appréhender en ce début de 21e siècle et donc présentation de certains de leurs aspects politiques, sociaux, multiculturels, dans le cadre de l'Hexagone et de l'Europe. L'accent sera particulièrement mis sur certaines questions telles que l'identité nationale face au multiculturalisme et à l'Europe, la gestion du gouvernement, les problèmes de l'économie, l'évolution de la société, les jeunes et leur diversité, "Blacks, Blancs, Beurs", la production culturelle sous diverses formes.
Pour cerner ces diverses facettes, interviendront l'actualité (sous forme d'articles de journaux ou d'hebdomadaires, de bulletins télévisés en ligne) et une réflexion plus approfondie, moins immédiate, par le biais de la sociologie, la littérature, le cinéma, la bande dessinée, etc.
La France et le XXe en film
In 1914, France was the second world power. In 2011, it is the fifth. What happened in between? In nearly a hundred years, events reshaped the country politically, economically, socially and culturally inside and out.
This course will focus on the study of XXth century French history through film, major events and periods, as they are represented and interpreted in major French films, which will be shown in class. Films will include La Grande Illusion (World War I), Indochine (colonization), Au revoir, les enfants (World War II), Les Roseaux sauvages (the end of colonialism), and Code Inconnu (France at the threshold of the 21st century).
Film will be used as a media to teach history and after an introduction to the events or periods, or particular features to be witnessed, attention will be paid to the interpretation of the film-maker, his approach and/or biases. Along the course, main features of French history in France itself but also abroad will be defined.
Femmes et films en France
This course deals with contemporary women's lives, places and issues in French society through film (family, jobs, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.), depicted mainly (but not exclusively) by women film-makers.
La Société française en film
This course deals with contemporary French society through film from the 1990's on: social classes, men, women, youth, multiculturalism, French specificity, related issues.
A study of some countries through their cinema, reflecting through this means, issues or aspects of those countries or provinces such as Quebec, Belgium, Switzerland, Rumania, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Mali, Lebanon.
INTERNATIONAL AREA STUDES COURSES (IAS COURSES)
IAS 360 - Special Topics in World Civilization
Some Countries of the Mediterranean Rim
The study of some countries of the Mediterranean rim, where French influence has been felt at one point in time under colonial rule and is still felt, though to a much lesser degree, namely Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. These countries' past will be examined, but also their evolution through the centuries and their political, social, economic contemporary configurations.
The Middle East between Tradition and Modernity
The Middle East, cradle of mankind, birth-place of the three monotheistic religions, center of ancient and brilliant civilizations, has been an area of variety and contrast in its mosaic of countries. It has also been and still is - to the very present- both a literal battle ground and a figurative one, where tradition and modernity coexist or clash. This coexistence of or clash between tradition and modernity will be examined in various countries and illustrated in areas such as government, economy, society, mass media, culture and religion.
Iran Then and Now
Some of Iran’s past (19th century), but mainly the 20th and 21st centuries will be studied in this course: politics, religion, culture, literature and film, through Iranian eyes.
IAS 390 - Special Topics in International Area Studies
From antisemitism to totalitarianism in the name of religion or politics (communism, nazism) to terrorism, this course will focus on prejudices and ideologies, how they variously expressed themselves negatively throughout time and space to the present, how they have been counteracted or still, always do need counteracting.
Women and Human Rights Worldwide
The concept of women's human rights emerged as a distinct aspect of human rights during the international women's movements of the 1980's to ensure a more sustained focus on women's rights throughout the world. Women’s human rights will be considered on ALL continents and in various areas like health, society, exile, war, censorship, childhood, etc, through pertinent essays but also literature and film.
WMST 280 - Special Topics inWomen's Studies
Francophone African Women Writers: Displacement. From One Continent To Another
An introduction to the writing of Francophone women writers from Sub-Saharan Africa: Calixthe Belaya (Cameroon), Véronique Tadjo (the Ivory Coast), Mariama Bâ and Fatou Diome (Senegal). With each writer and book will be examined the status, roles and challenges of women in their respective societies. What is the role of women in nation formation and since? How do these women writers use writing to (re) define themselves and clear a discursive space for the discussion of the female condition? How do they challenge male domination and the Eurocentric nature of feminists' appraisal of the female condition in their societies when this applies? Also, how do they handle "displacement", whether it be literal or figurative? These questions will be addressed through close textual analysis.
Writing on the Body
A study of the female body, since "our bodies ourselves" to the present, dealing with such themes as the body as sexual object or reproductive womb, the body as social construct and the tyranny of the look, and related issues in politics, violence, sexism, fashion, peer-pressure, illness, age, etc.
Arab Women Writers
From Maghrebian Algeria and Morocco to Middle Eastern Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon, five Arab women writers depict life in their countries or an unnamed desert state, from the 1940s to the ongoing Iraq War, raising critical questions about society, politics, economics and woman's place in so doing.
FRENCH 480: The MINOR