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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Spring 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33865 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
BEN 1.106

Course Description

This course will be taught in French. The objective of this course is to help students develop an understanding of the values underlying French culture that may often conflict with American cultural values as evident in the international debate over Iraq. In this course UT students will directly exchange viewpoints with French students, via an on-line forum, in order to test hypotheses and develop a more in-depth understanding of the nature and origin of the differences and similarities between French and American cultural values. We will begin by answering a set of culture questionnaires which will become the initial data for analysis. Next, students on both sides of the Atlantic will enter into an asynchronous conversation in which they will: 1) share observations and hypotheses; 2) send queries for more details, clarification and more in-depth understanding of the differences they observed; 3) respond to whatever question their transatlantic partners may have. A wider and wider array of materials will be made available which students will continue analyzing in a cross-cultural comparative mode. These materials include: * French films and their American remakes * a variety of American and French media on the Web. * a multiplicity of texts (historical, anthropological and literary)

Grading Policy

Class Participation 10% Online discussions/postings 30% Oral Presentations [2 X 15%] 30% Two Position Papers [2 X 15%] 30%


Wylie, Laurence and Jean-François Brière. 1995.


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