Honours programme in French
Course code : 13145 - 778
Level : fourth year
Duration : one year
4 lectures, 2 seminar sessions per week
Admission requirements : a BA degree with French as a major or an equivalent qualification.
This programme is a non-specialized course in French literature of which the main objective is to consolidate and significantly develop the student's existing knowledge and command of the French language in its written and oral form, to ensure increased competence in literary analysis and to provide training in research methodologies in the fields of French and comparative literature.
The duration of the course is one year and teaching is grouped in three thematic and independent teaching units.
Students who have completed the course successfully are able to
- express themselves in French with confidence on complex subjects both orally and in writing
- undertake and complete an independent written research project in the field of French Literature and/or cultural studies
After completing the French 778 course, students are able to
- read, interpret and comment critically on literary texts from different periods
- demonstrate the ability to organise their ideas and to express them clearly and concisely in fairly fluent French
- retrieve, assess and filter relevant primary and secondary sources
- relate literary texts and themes to a broader cultural context
- apply skills acquired in subject specific research methodology to the writing of a long research essay.
MA-programme in French
Course code : 13145 - 878 (After Honours) and - 877 (Senate Approval)
Level : post-BA Honours
Admission requirements : Honours in French or an equivalent qualification as approved by Senate 100% thesis
This programme has no structured components. The student undertakes independent research and writes a thesis, which makes up 100% of the final mark. Students select a thesis topic in consultation with a member of the Department under whose supervision the thesis will be written.
Students who have completed the programme successfully have proved their ability
- to identify research areas in French literature, language or cultural studies, to deepen their knowledge of their chosen area of research in an independent way and to develop their critical faculties through a detailed study of the research area
- to apply appropriate research methodologies in the written presentation of their research results.
After completing the MA programme, a student is able to
- undertake independent research in the fields of French literature, language or culture on an advanced academic level
- demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the chosen research area
- demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of the principles of academic research
- work autonomously, displaying a capacity for critical reflection, sustained scientific enquiry, self-discipline and time-management
- present academic arguments in a well-articulated and appropriate style, also demonstrating a command of suitable editing and IT skills for professional use.
Doctoral programme in French Studies (PhD)
Course Code: 13145 - 978
Duration: At least two years.
Enquiries: Prof. Catherine du Toit
Admission requirements: An MA in French or an equivalent and relevant qualification approved by Senate.
The student undertakes specialised, independent and original research and writes a dissertation, which makes up 100% of the mark. Students select a dissertation topic in consultation with a member of the Department under whose supervision the dissertation will have to be written. The dissertation will be duly examined by at least three examiners and includes an oral defence.