Each semester Hamilton in France offers several courses exclusively to its students. The courses are taught at Reid Hall by French faculty. With limited enrollment, these classes provide ample discussion and close contact with faculty, as in an American liberal arts college.
This list will be updated as new courses for 2014-15 are finalized, in spring 2014. The majority of these courses will most likely be maintained. Enrollment limit is 12-14. Last updated in summer 2013.
Systematic review of grammar and style designed to improve students' written French and to introduce them to the method of textual analysis and essays required by French universities. Training will be provided in the development of vocabulary and argumentation. One or two credits. Fall, Spring. May be taken either or both semesters.
Theoretical rules of spoken French and phonetic transcriptions, individual correction of pronunciation (phonemes, stress and intonation) and auditory training. One credit. Fall.
Introduction to the language and critical tools of literary analysis and a survey of early or modern French literature. Students write explications de texte and commentaires composés and make oral presentations. Especially recommended for students with no previous study of literature. May replace 211 or 212 for Hamilton students. One credit. Fall.
Students attend, read and examine plays staged in Paris for their literary and historical significance, develop a technical vocabulary and work on special projects and a final dossier. Requires readings of theatrical texts and regular attendance at current productions (approximately every two to three weeks). Fall, Spring. May be repeated, space permitting, with permission of instructor.
Overview of French painting in light of the principles of modernity established by Delacroix and Matisse. Themes include the subject and life models ; color and mouvement ; landscape, tensions between artists and institutions. The course also includes discussion of art history, precise vocabulary of the analysis of art work. One credit. Fall.
In spring, the program normally offers a one-semester special topics course with a guest professor. Topic changes regularly. The title will be announced before departure or early fall. (Recent topics: contemporary French novel 1984-the present; crime fiction; contemporary French women filmmakers. One credit. Spring.
Overview of research and analysis methods employed in French university courses. Terminology and structure and development of critical arguments. Practice in both oral and written presentation. May be taken as a separate course or as complement to certain university courses (mandatory complement for certain university courses). 1/2 credit taken individually; mandatory complement for other courses. Fall.
Students in some classes in the sciences, social sciences, philosophy and other areas may be required to consult regularly with a tutor for guidance in the preparation of oral and written work. The director will determine which courses need a tutorial, which ones are mandatory and which are optional.
Hamilton is a founding member of a consortium of courses with the programs of Middlebury and Smith colleges in France (HMS). Students from the three programs have access to these courses, which are usually taught by faculty of Paris institutions such as IEP. 2014-15 courses will be determined in the summer of 2014. Courses offered in 2013-14 are the following:
Close examination of the colonization process and political results of decolonization in Africa, especially Francophone Africa. One credit. Fall.
Thematic and chronological study of the complex relationship between France and Europe in light of current political debates on the construction of Europe. One credit. Fall.
This course examines the making and development of the European Union in light of recent controversies and developments. One credit. Spring.
A close examination of the history and development of the French secular state within the context of its cultural and religious diversities. One credit. Spring.