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IESEG School of Management ( IÉSEG )

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Niveau Année de formation Période Langue d'enseignement 
Course for exchange students1S1English
Professeur(s) responsable(s)GC.THELLIER
Intervenant(s)Gael-Carol Thellier (Lille)

Pré requis

Course taught in English (No pre-requisite in French is required although it is advised that students register for a French language course).

Objectifs du cours

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
Gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary French society.
Discuss and analyse various topics relevant to French culture in order to enable the student to interact with confidence with native speakers in professional or social contexts. Enjoy more fully their year in France.

Contenu du cours

The course covers the following topics :
- Paris, a multifaceted city (Landmark monuments; architecture; the sociology of Parisian 'arrondissements' and near suburbs).
- French political institutions and the role of the State.
- The French society (e.g. education system, work, family, religion, leisure) depicted in the media and literature: a comparison with students' observations.
- An exploration of French culinary habits (haute cuisine, Parisian bistros and cafés, regional specialities).
-The arts and people who contributed to make France what it is today.

Modalités d'enseignement

Organisation du cours

TypeNombre d'heuresRemarques
Face to face
Independent work
Reference manual 's readings10,00   ‘Au contraire! Figuring out the French’ to be studied before the course begins.
Work set for the students before the start of the course.
Independent study
Estimated personal workload14,00   Two P.P. presentations per student with summaries to be sent to all the class.
Films to watch out of class.
Charge de travail globale de l'étudiant50,00  

Méthodes pédagogiques

  • Tutorial
  • Presentation
  • Research
  • Project work
  • Interactive class


Regular attendance, class participation, homework (e.g. video, press and chapters reviews)30%; Final assessment (30%) : oral presentations and summaries (40 %)

Type de ContrôleDuréeNombrePondération
Continuous assessment
Oral presentation0,33220,00
Final Exam
Written exam0,00130,00
TOTAL     100,00


  • - Asselin, G. & Mastron, R. (2010). Au contraire: figuring out the French (Second ed.). Intercultural Press. -

  • - Hewitt, N. (2003). The Cambridge companion to modern French culture. Cambridge University Press. -

  • - Schwartz, V. (2011). Modern France: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press. -

  • - Whittaker, A. (2008). Speak the culture: France. Thorogood, Civilisation Progressive du Français CLE International -

Ressources internet

  • IESEG Online

    Ieseg available online To be read before the start of the course; An extract from ‘Au contraire figuring out the French’. There will be a test on this in the first lesson.

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