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2020 SAS summer courses will take place remotely. For undergraduates, please check Penn InTouch for updated summer course information. For graduate and professional students, please consult your schools and programs. Summer study abroad remains cancelled.

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All students register for a total of two course units (c.u.)*. Course offerings are subject to change. Course registration is completed by the Penn Summer Abroad office for students who confirm their intent to enroll and submit the required pre-departure documents.

Intensive Intermediate French

FREN 134 (2 c.u.)

  • Taught by Pascal Rollet
  • Fulfills the language Requirement in French
  • Prerequisite: French 120, 121 or placement test

French 134 covers the equivalent of 130 and 140 at Penn. This course is also open to students who have completed third-semester French or its equivalent at Penn (French 130). Students who have completed French 130 receive credit for 140 and one free elective at the advanced level. The course stresses the development of functional proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing, combined with a systematic review of grammar. It includes a strong focus on French culture, in particular, contemporary France with a special emphasis on youth culture. The class meets five days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Out-of-class activities are regularly integrated into classroom assignments. The course cannot be taken pass/fail.

Paysages politiques et culturels de la France aujourd’hui (Contemporary France through the Media)

FREN 224 / FREN 312 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Emmanuel Cohen
  • Prerequisite: French 140+
  • Fulfills General Education Requirement: Cross-cultural Analysis

This course offers a socio-cultural survey of contemporary France through its media. Get acquainted with the daily press, magazines and television—while tracing emerging cultural trends through music, cinema, video, advertising and comics. You also follow recent developments in French society and look into the current cultural forces at work today. This summer, particular attention will be given to current political life in France. Readings and documents introduce new vocabulary in context and provide a better grasp of the changes shaping daily life in France, in 2018. This course may also be taken for 300-level credit (additional work required). Class meets four days a week for a total of six hours per week.

La Fabrique de l’Histoire

FREN 226 (1 c.u.)

  • Taught by Mélanie Péron
  • Prerequisite: French 140+
  • Fulfills Sector Requirement II: History & Tradition

This course introduces students to key chapters of French history from the Gallo-Roman period to the Enlightenment. A lieux de mémoire, which witnessed and still bear the traces of a rich and eventful past, the streets and monuments of Tours—as well as the Loire Valley castles—guide our steps through this historical voyage. The class includes regular outings to historic sites. Class meets for a total of six hours per week.

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