FREN226-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024

From Wiwi to Iwi: Comparing Cultures in the Francosphere

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course explores the multifaceted Francophone World from a comparative perspective, with historical and contemporary examples of French-speaking communities and nations that exist beyond the confines of France and Europe: from Francophone Canada and North Africa to the Pacific.

“From Wīwī to Iwi: Comparing Cultures in the Francosphere” will expose students to the Francophone World, beyond the confines of France and Europe. The content and contexts explored, namely Francophone Canada, North Africa, and the Pacific, are both against France, in that the processes of colonialism inevitably create conflict, while also being set contiguously – and more positively – against the cultural and historical backdrop of France, whose cultural, linguistic, and socio-political norms represent hegemonic structures that are at once accepted and glorified as well as reshaped and reimagined. This course on comparative francophone cultures will focus on alterity and subjectivity, on colonialism and globalization, as well as French in a minority context in several geographical spaces.

Learning Outcomes

  • At the completion of this course, a student will have acquired:

  • An understanding of France’s legacy in the world, whether artistic, political, philosophical, or epistemological
  • Some specialised knowledge in key areas of French and Francophone culture, both past and contemporary
  • An understanding of some approaches to French Studies
  • An introduction to postcolonial studies in a Francophone context
  • An ability to place French cultural texts in a wider social and historical context, and to take account of differences in genre, purpose and philosophy;
  • An understanding of the diachronic evolution of French and Francophone cultures in relation to current global affairs: such as issues of language politics, diverse sociolinguistic
    registers, colonialism, and post-colonialism.
  • A heightened understanding of biculturalism in New Zealand, and in comparison to other multicultural nations.
  • An ability to identify relevant secondary sources about France and Francophone countries;
  • Development of intellectual curiosity, and enhanced global and intercultural understanding;
  • An ability to show a good level of critical thinking and argumentative skills, thus further engraining critical competence in students, which extends far beyond French studies;
  • Developed competence in reading a variety of texts in English and in French: such as historical, political, and literary documents.
  • Gained confidence in public speaking (rhetoric: argumentation and persuasion), a highly employable trait for many disciplines.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Any 60 points at 100 level from any subject.


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 244
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Antonio Viselli


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes on Learn (4) 20%
Written Assignment: Comparing Biculturalism 20% Week 7
Oral Presentation 20%
Final Test 30%
Participation 10%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

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