Global Paris: History, Culture and Identity in the French Capital (FREN3012)

Global Paris: History, Culture and Identity in the French Capital


Dr Gemma King

Want to find out more about FREN3012 Global Paris: History, Culture and Identity in the French Capital? Where are we going? What we are doing? Who’s teaching the course? The answers to these questions, and more, are below.


Where and when is the course being held?

The course will be held in Paris in Spring Semester 2020. It begins on Monday 23 November 2020 and finishes on Monday 7 December 2020.

Who will teach the course?

The course will be taught by Senior Lecturer in French Dr Gemma King, along with guest tours from experts in Paris.

Do I need to be able to speak French to enrol?

Yes. The entire course is taught and assessed in French, and students must have completed Intermediate French II (FREN3007) or an Advanced-level French course (see prerequisites below) to enrol.

Where will we go, what will we do?

This course will explore the city of Paris as historical artifact, artistic hub and lived reality, to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the city's complex history and its role in constructing, reinforcing and revising French cultural and political identity. Taking the city as analytical object, the course will be composed of seminars, visits to cultural sites including museums, monuments and châteaux, collaborative workshops and guided walking tours of historically and culturally-significant districts. The course will critique the dominant narratives and myths surrounding the city, studying Paris's reputation as a global capital of art, literature and politics. Yet it will do so while also exploring under-examined and forgotten parts of the city relating to colonial history, revolutionary history, the legacy of slavery and the evolution of the Republic. The analyses undertaken in this course will equip students with the knowledge and language to understand core concepts surrounding French history, culture and identity, studied through the prism of Parisian cultural heritage. Ultimately, the course will provide students not only with an understanding of Paris's past, but a deeper insight into France's complex present and the tools to understand France and French influence in the world into the future.

Each day will involve either one long or two short visits to sites around Paris. With the exception of a few day-long trips, most days will end in the early- to mid-afternoon in a different area of the city, allowing plenty of time for independent exploration and opportunities for using French in authentic situations. There will only be two traditional classes at the ANU in the preceding semester and two while in Paris; the rest of the time the city of Paris will be our classroom.

How does this course fit into my degree and are there any prerequisites?

Students who have completed Intermediate French II (FREN3007), Advanced French I (FREN3010), Advanced French II (FREN3011) or another Advanced-level French course (such as FREN3108, Imagining the French Empire: French Colonialism on Film) are eligible to apply for Global Paris.

This is an intensive course that will earn 6 units towards your degree. The course may count towards a French Major, French Minor or Advanced French Minor, and may also count towards electives in your program of study (provided you have space for electives and have completed at least one of the prerequisites). Please seek advice from your College Student Office if you are unsure.

What will the assessment tasks involve?

Assessment has been tailored to take advantage of teaching and learning ‘in the field’, engaging with places and objects of historical and cultural interest while in Paris. There is a strong component of collaborative learning, room for you to pursue your own interests and opportunities to put your French language into practice in creative ways. The primary assessment tasks will involve a ‘travel guide’-style presentation in Paris, a journal written throughout the course and submitted soon after the course ends, and a research essay submitted in late December 2020.

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Are there preliminary readings/activities?

We understand that most students will be committed to course work for other subjects in the preceding semester, so preliminary readings will be limited to two core texts. These readings (and other helpful resources) will be distributed via a designated Wattle site. In addition, there will be two classes and information sessions held in semester 2 2020 (dates to be confirmed).

Where will we stay?

Our accommodation is a dedicated lodge for study tour groups, located in beautiful 18th-century buildings in the historic district of Le Marais, two minutes’ walk from the Seine river. Students will stay in shared rooms that will be allocated randomly upon arrival, but they will only be housed with other Global Paris ANU students. The accommodation provides breakfast and dinner.

What are the tuition fees associated with this course?

This course will incur the same tuition fee of any 6-unit course offered at the ANU.

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Are there additional costs for the course?

Yes, there are additional costs for this course. Students will need to pay for return airfares, lunches and public transport in Paris.

In-country costs for accommodation (including breakfast and dinner) and course activities (museum entries etc.) will need to be paid to the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics (SLLL) prior to commencement of the course. Although the budget will be finalised in mid-2020, it is envisaged that these costs for students will be approximately AUD $2300.

How do I pay my in-country costs?

A non-refundable deposit of AUD $500 must be paid to the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics (SLLL) in mid-2020. The remaining balance will be due approximately six weeks prior to the start of the course. Students will be sent instructions on how and when to make these payments as early as possible upon acceptance into the course.

Is there any financial assistance I can access?

Scholarships and travel grants may be available to eligible students. Global Paris students will be particularly encouraged to apply for the Ethel Tory Language Scholarship or the CASS Study Tour Grant.

Domestic students may be eligible to take out an OS-HELP loan to enable this overseas travel. Please refer to the Australian government website:

Are places limited?

Yes. This course will have a maximum enrolment of 20 and places will be allocated to eligible students following submission of a brief expression of interest in French in February 2020.

Do I need to take out travel insurance?

On completion of the ANU Travel e-form, enrolled ANU students will be covered by ANU travel insurance for the duration of the course. The travel e-form (which includes a statement of any pre-existing medical conditions) must be completed and approved prior to departure. If you are intending to extend your travel dates beyond the ‘in the field’ course (i.e. 23 November-7 December 2020) you will need to take out your own travel insurance for those dates.

Are there any other requirements for overseas travel for ANU Students?

Along with a valid passport, students are responsible for applying for any required visas to travel to France. Australian students travelling to France for less than 90 days and who will not be seeking paid work or enrolling in a French university are generally eligible to enter without a visa, however you will need to check with the French Consulate if your circumstances are different or you are unsure.

All enrolled students must have completed the ANU Travel Approval (e-form) and received approval prior to departure.

Are there any personal circumstances that might prevent me joining the course?

This course will involve a lot of walking around Paris, including stairs to access some museums, metro stations and parts of our accommodation, but will not involve strenuous physical activities. You must report any conditions that may affect your learning in the course to the convenor. It is important that international travellers ensure that they have obtained adequate health advice before their departure from Australia. The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has useful information for 'Travelling Well' at

Can I get help organising my flights to and from France?

No. As people attending the course will want a variety of travel arrangements, the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics will not be able to assist you with organising your flights to and from France. So travel arrangements can be tailored to meet your specific needs, organising flights is your responsibility. However, there is an STA travel agency located on campus at Kambri.

Are there safety issues I should be aware of?

The Australian National University’s first priority is your personal well-being and safety and staff will continuously monitor DFAT safety warnings prior to and during the course. In addition, students will be briefed on maintaining health and personal safety at the pre-departure information sessions. There will be a full-time assistant on the course and two students will serve as Student Liaison Officers, with at least one staff member with First Aid and Mental Health First Aid training present at all times.

What if I want to travel in Europe before or after the course?

Not a problem. Students will make their own way to Paris, tailoring their outward and return journey to suit their personal preferences. All you need to do is join the group for the first day of teaching in the lobby of our accommodation.

What do I do to apply for a place in the 2020 course?

Expressions of interest for the course will be invited in February 2020 (date to be confirmed). Interested students will submit 100 words in French, outlining why they want to take the course and what they hope to gain from their experience in Paris. The 20 successful applicants will be selected based on a combination of their written French, motivation and if necessary, previous results in ANU French courses. Students will be informed of the outcome of their application within three weeks of the closing date.

Please visit the Global Paris Programs and Courses page for more information. Further questions about Global Paris can be directed to Dr Gemma King at

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