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).
- History, diplomacy and identity : the Francophone case
- Language and language politics in post colonial settings
- The Maghreb: Francophonie and literature
- Canada: multiculturalism and language rights
- From the Caribbean to Indochina
- West and Central Africa; visit to the Africa Museum at Tervuren
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.
Mode of instruction
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
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
Articles will be uploaded on BB
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
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