2017 Undergraduate Courses
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French Major | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

This major covers the study of French language, culture and society, including Francophone cultures outside France.

In our language and culture subjects we use a range of authentic resources and teaching methods to equip students with a high level of proficiency in the written and spoken French language. Student learning outcomes are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

A major in French allows students to study French language, literature, and culture either as beginners or advanced learners. Students who enter the major at post-HSC (or advanced) level, will be exempted from some language subjects.

Major Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the French language and grammar;
  2. Communicate in both spoken and written French at B2 Level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  3. Comprehend spoken and written French at B2 level in the CEFR;
  4. Critically analyse and evaluate historical events and socio-cultural forces that have shaped modern France, its people and language.

Subjects Required for Major Study

Beginner Entry

A major in French for beginners or near beginners consists of at least 54 credit  points as outlined below.

Native speakers or students who have completed their compulsory education in a country where the language is spoken are ineligible to undertake Beginner 1 or Beginner 2 subjects in French, Italian, Japanese or Spanish and should begin their language studies at the Intermediate (or higher levels).

Native speakers are encouraged to contact the Discipline Leader of Languages and Linguistics before enrolling.

Intermediate Entry -  Strong 2 Unit HSC pass or equivalent

Students who have achieved a strong 2 Unit HSC pass or equivalent will normally enter the language sequence at the level of FREN241, and complete a 48 credit point major comprising 18 credit points at 200 level and 30 credit points at 300 level, as set out below.

All students entering the French major at the level of FREN152 or above must obtain formal approval from the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

Native or near-native speaker Entry

Native or near-native speakers, whose major also consists of 48 credit points, may be granted waivers for FREN241 and FREN242. Such waivers will be granted only at the time of first enrolment in French, in accordance with the Program's policy and with the formal approval of the French Program and the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader. Replacement subjects to make up the 48 credit points for the major are to be chosen from the additional subjects listed below. Credit may be granted for language courses taken at university level in accordance with established University of Wollongong guidelines.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Beginner Entry
FREN151French for Beginners 16Autumn
FREN152French for Beginners 26Spring
Intermediate Entry
FREN230The Making of France and the French Nation6Autumn
FREN241Intermediate French 16Autumn
FREN242Intermediate French 26Spring
FREN341Advanced French 16Not offered in this year
FREN342Advanced French 26Not offered in this year
LANG370The Language Advantage6Not offered in this year
Plus ONE from the following*:
FREN330France in the Twenty-first century6Not offered in this year
LANG335Literature and Society in Renaissance Europe6Not offered in this year

* Students commencing study at 200 level must take both FREN330 and LANG335

Complementary Subjects: The following are offered subject to availability. They do not count towards the major in French, but may be taken as electives. Entry for StudyAbroad/Exchange subjects require the formal approval of the Languages and Linguistics Discipline Leader.

Study Abroad / Exchange Subjects

FREN217In country Language Study6Not offered in this year
LANG380Language Study Abroad 26Not offered in this year
LANG390Language Study Abroad 36Not offered in this year
ELL 110Language in Social Life6Spring
ELL 230Communication Across Cultures6Autumn
LANG364Advanced Studies in Language/Culture 16Not offered in this year
LANG365Advanced Studies in Language/Culture 26Not offered in this year

Subjects Required for Minor Study

A 24 credit point minor in French is available consisting of four sequential language subjects in French.   

Diploma in Languages

Students who wish to undertake a Diploma concurrently with their Bachelors Degree course should refer to the Diploma in Languages for further information.


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: lha-enquiries@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 18 December, 2017