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French Worldwide: Language, culture, identity


Admission requirements

This course is an Honours Class and therefore only available to students of the Honours College.


This module addresses the Francophonie and its challenges (i.e. the French-speaking world outside France) in all its aspects: historical, political, linguistic and cultural (esp. literary). The course will enlighten the relations of domination, post-colonialism and legitimacy between francophone countries outside Europe and France, in specific temporal and geographical contexts: respectively North-Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Madagascar, Indochina, and West and Central Africa. The module will include a visit to the Africa Museum at Tervuren (Belgium).

  1. History, diplomacy and identity : the Francophone case
  2. Language and language politics in post colonial settings
  3. The Maghreb: Francophonie and literature
  4. Canada: multiculturalism and language rights
  5. From the Caribbean to Indochina
  6. West and Central Africa; visit to the Africa Museum at Tervuren

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • have a thorough understanding of the societal, diplomatic, linguistic and literary challenges of the French speaking world

  • be able to put the Francophonie concept debates into a historical context

  • discuss the concept of linguistic imperialism

  • Present their findings, based on research, to varied types of audiences.


The timetable is available on the Humanities lab page for the first semester and on the Humanities lab page for the second semester

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

This course is worth 5 EC (140 hours).

  •     Lectures: 5 lectures of 4 hours: 20
  •     Excursion: 1 excursion to Belgium: 10
  •     Literature reading & practical work: 50
  •     Assignments & final essay: 60 hours

Assessment method

  • 20% active participation

  • 20% oral presentation 
  • 60% final paper of 3000 words

The final grade is an average of these three grades. All three exams need to be passed with a 5.0 min


A resit will be proposed for the marks inferior to 6.


Students are required to register on BB before the lectures start

Blackboard will be used in this course. Students can register for the Blackboard site two weeks prior to the start of the course

Reading list

Articles will be uploaded on BB


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. E. Radar