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M.A. Course work

M.A. courses take the form of seminars. Students are required to attain a minimum of 70% in order to pass a graduate course. Students who fail a course must take another course as a replacement for the failed course but the initial mark will still count towards the student’s average. All students must maintain a general average above 60 per cent. Students who fail more than two courses will be asked to withdraw from the M.A. program.

Graduate students may apply to the Graduate Committee to take one or two courses, up to an equivalent of six credit units, in another department. Such an application must include a letter indicating the particular value of these courses to the program or to the thesis. Under the Western Dean's Agreement, a student in the French program at this University may also register in a graduate course, up to an equivalent of six credit units, at another Western Canadian university.

The experience of intellectual debate provided by seminars is vital to graduate study. Course work in French graduate degrees is intended to give students an opportunity to study a range of literature and experience a variety of approaches at the graduate level, and should not focus exclusively on one area of specialization.

However, in exceptional cases, where the list of seminars offered by the French section does not provide the opportunity for a student to pursue studies in a particular area or to complete the requirements of the M.A. program, a student may propose a reading course arranged between the student and a faculty member. Reading courses will be recommended for approval only under exceptional circumstances, and then only if the list of seminars offered cannot possibly satisfy the needs of the student.

Students may take a maximum of six credit units of reading courses. Students wishing to request a reading course should consult the French Graduate Chair and identify a member of the French faculty who is willing to serve as the instructor of the reading course.

Graduate Courses 

FREN 811.3 – 1/2(3L)
Advanced Topics in Translation Theory 

In this course, students will select and translate works in genres that are notorious for resisting translation: plays, song lyrics, poetry and political writing.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate Studies in French.


FREN 812.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Topics in Applied Translation Theory

In this course, students will acquire the fundamentals of contemporary literary criticism through the identification and discussion of key arguments and practice applying theoretical approaches to their own close reading of literary texts.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate Studies in French.


FREN 819.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Studies in 19th Century French Literature

This course will focus on a special topic in French literature of the 19th century; for example, the second, disillusioned Romantic generation (Flaubert, Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Mallarmé) that worships art as opposed to money.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.


FREN 820.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Studies in French Literature of 20th Century

In this course, a particular aspect of 20th-century literature will be studied in depth; for example, the absurd and engagement, 20th-century attempts at tragedy, Dada and Surrealism, the Nouveau-Roman.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.


FREN 843.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Studies in Quebec Novel

This course will focus on a special topic in Quebec novel; for example, women writers, the social novel, the nouveau-roman.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.


FREN 846.3 – 1/2(3L)
Advanced Topics in Québécois Theatre

In this course, students will study the ways in which Québécois theatre has reflected the significant social changes that took place from the late 1940s to the late 1970s, with a focus on Québécois identity and nationalist sentiment.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate Studies in French.


FREN 850.3 – 1/2(3L)
Advanced Studies in French Works of the Canadian Prairies

This course will examine the works of representative authors from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta writing in French.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate Studies in French.


FREN 898.3 — 1/2(3R)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.


FREN 899.6 — 1&2(3R)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.


FREN 990.0 — 1&2(3R)
Preparation for Conferences and Publication      

In this course, students are required to attend the series of workshops titled “Preparation for Conferences and Publication.” These workshops are offered by the French Graduate Studies Committee. Students are also expected to prepare a 45-minute seminar on their thesis or research project, in consultation with their supervisor.

All graduate students must register in FREN 990.0 from the beginning of their French graduate program until completion of the requirements for this course.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate Studies in French.


FREN 994
Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course for the entire period of their French graduate studies.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.