UC Center Program
French & European Studies
FALL 2007 Semester
The Program in French and European Studies is the creation of faculty and administrators at the University of California. It is designed to immerse students in several dimensions of French culture and life.

The program begins with a 11-day practicum focusing on language learning, with special attention paid to the acquisition practical skills for living in Paris. Every week excursions will allow students to discover the city.

After the practicum students take one French language and three upper-division courses in the Social Sciences and the Humanities intended to provide windows into French history, identity, visual culture, literature, politics and economics in relation to a broader European civilization, and to the United States.

The program is intended as rewarding experience abroad, and it is also a gateway for some students who may choose to extend their stay in France for a second semester at the University of Bordeaux.


In the “Student Conduct and Discipline Agreement” our students have made a commitment to conform to standards of conduct including “regular attendance in all classes for which Student is registered.”

Here is the specific attendance policy of the UC-Study Center Program in French and European Studies:

(1) Since a pattern of absences may be an indicator that a student could be experiencing difficulties, roll will be taken as a matter of course.

(2) A Student can be absent the equivalent of one week of a course without documenting the reasons for the absences.

(3) Above and beyond the equivalent of a week of unexcused absences, students must document a legitimate excuse for the absences, such as a note from a medical doctor. This includes lectures, sections, film-screenings, and excursions listed on the syllabi.

(4) Unexcused absences will be penalized as follows: we will lower on ½ letter grade per course for the equivalent of a week of unexcused absences.


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Content Courses

  PCC 111. Histories of Paris
Professor Professor Christina von Koehler
Using the buildings and space of Paris as a laboratory, this course surveys key events in the histories of Paris and France. The course will focus on the social and cultural history of the city in its material dimensions; the relation of streets and buildings to the unfolding events of French history, and the meanings of local topography within the enduring mythologies of the city. A central goal of the course is to teach students to read and write critically about the history of Paris and the cityscape around them. Includes some excursions. [History, Architecture, Urban Studies, Sociology] 5.0 credits

   PCC 115. European Integration
Professor Mariam Habibi
This course aims to provide a general introduction to the history, the structure and the current developments of the European Union with a specific focus on France. We shall look at the circumstances after the second World War that once again put the 'Idea of Europe' on the agenda and the role that France played in the rebirth of this idea. The EU will be studied from a theoretical point of view; how do we define its structure? What determines the shape and speed of the integration process? How does this institution maintain its legitimacy? We will evaluate the success of this project by looking at specific policies, such as the common agricultural policy, the economic and social policy and common foreign and security policies. Finally we will consider the role of the EU as a global actor and study the EU's relations with the rest of the world. [Political Science, History, International Relations, Economics] 5.0 credits

  PCC 116. Cultural Identities in France
Professor Stéphane Dufoix
This course explores recent political debates about French identity in light of the challenges posed by immigration (especially non-European immigration), feminism, economic and cultural globalization (considered an American-directed movement), and France's peculiar version of “multiculturalism”. Includes a one-hour discussion section. [Political Science, Sociology, History, French] 6.0 credits

  PCC 120. French Cinema
Professor Marc Cerisuelo
In this course we will study the endurance and resilience of French cinema, the causes and effects of film as a “French passion.” We will pay special attention to strong directorial personalities (Carné, Bresson, Tati, Godard, etc.); the French star system ; the popular love of cinema; French critical approaches to cinema; and the role of the state in promoting French cinema. We will cast a wide net over cinema to understand the secrets of the privileged relationship between a nation, an art, and a social practice. 5.0 credits

  PCC 123. Paris in Literature
Professor Will Bishop
This course looks at representations of Paris in French literature of the modern period. Readings have been chosen to introduce students to Paris’s multiple and changing identities. The course will place a particular emphasis on the borders, sometimes extremely stable and others somewhat porous, between the different social worlds that make Paris such an interesting, diverse, and culturally important city. Beginning with Balzac’s powerful representation of the city as the locus of power, corruption and social inequality, we will trace key developments in the way French novelists, poets and filmmakers have conceptualized their capital city. We will in the course of the semester become familiar with some of the important literary movements of the modern period: realism (Balzac), naturalism (Zola), surrealism (Breton) etc. [Literature, Comp Lit, Urban Studies, History, French]. [Literature, Comp Lit, Urban Studies, History, French] 6.0 credits

  PCC 125. The Task of the Museum: Modern Art on Display
Professor Sarah Linford
This course aims to give students an understanding of the workings of a museum, institutionally and ideologically. It will focus primarily on art museums of modern and contemporary French art. We will examine museums as institutions of critical discourse, that is, as sites of selective collecting, classifying, displaying and legitimizing certain cultural and artistic narratives. This course will provide basic knowledge of modern and contemporary French art and, above all, a critical, behind-the-scenes view of museums generally. . [Art History, Visual Studies, Media, Communications] 5.0 credits.

  PCC 126. French Music Appreciation
Professor Bruno Bossis
The course will focus on the major composers who have shaped the musical discourse of the last century. Some of their most wellknown pieces will be presented and discussed. For instance, piano pieces by Debussy (La cathédrale engloutie…), orchestral music (La Mer) and opera (Pelleas and Mélisande); music by Eric Satie; orchestral music by Ravel (Boléro, Concerto in G…); music by Olivier Messiaen (chamber and orchestral music); the birth of musique concrète and electronic music ; the Serial school (Pierre Boulez); the Spectral school (Murail, Grisey), and electronic music. 5.0 credits

  PCC 127. Women in 2oth Century France
Professor Nadia Malinovich
This course is intended to introduce undergraduate students to the social and political history of women in France from the turn of the twentieth century down to the present-day. Beginning with the political watersheds of the Dreyfus Affair (1898-1906) and the separation of Church and State (1905), the course will examine themes of work, sexuality and politics and explore significant French particularities – notably the struggle between Catholics and republicans over laïcité and the impact of the separation of Church and State, the power of the pro-natalist lobby, the singularly high rate of women’s, and particularly married women’s labor force participation, the weight of agriculture and small-scale, family enterprise on the economy, and notions of Republican universalism – through locating such particularities in a broader, comparative context. [History, Women’s Studies, Sociology, Anthropology] 5.0 credits