Summer in Paris

Program Description

 
              

gargoyle1Dates:  June 15 - July 28, 2018

Purpose

The Rutgers Summer Program in Paris is an academic program designed to provide students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture of France in the best possible social and intellectual environment.

Faculty & Staff

The faculty is composed of professors from prestigious French universities and faculty members from Rutgers University who accompany the group.  This year, the Summer Program will be directed by Dr. Medha Karmarkar of the Department of French, Rutgers-New Brunswick.

Program of Study

  • Students are placed into small classes according to their proficiency in French.  The minimum language requirement is the equivalent of two years of college-level French. 
  • Classes meet for two two-hour sessions, four days a week (M-T-Th-F).  Students are expected to give top priority to their coursework. 
  • One of the goals of the Summer in Paris prgoram is to immerse students in the French language.  For this reason, you will be asked to pledge to speak only French during the entire length of the program. 
  • Students will take two courses from the following list, for a total of 6 credits:

213. INTENSIVE ADVANCED GRAMMAR (3 credits):  The sounds, forms, and structures of French: grammar, phonetics, translation, vocabulary building, and composition. Oral drill and frequent written work.

215. ASPECTS OF FRENCH LITERATURE (3 credits):  An introduction to French literature through the reading and discussion (oral and written) of representative works from romanticism to existentialism.

303. CULTURE, CONVERSATION, AND COMPOSITION (3 credits):  Development of fluency and spontaneity of oral and written expressions through cultural explorations, group discussions, and debates.

372. TOPICS IN FRENCH CINEMA:  Beyond the Fiction Feature Film (3 credits):  This course examines three areas not ordinarily thought of as "French Cinema":  documentary, animation, and avant‑garde works. In each, we will try to tease out what, if anything is specifically "French," and what larger questions (theoretical, critical, or historical) these bodies of work help to illuminate.

405. MODERN FRANCE (3 credits):  France has evolved rapidly since the founding of the Fifth Republic five decades ago into a highly modernized society characterized by generous social protections, a vibrant participatory democracy, and an unpredictable economy. The envy of some, it is an object of scorn for others. We will learn why this is so by exploring the nation's political, economic, and social systems in the context of the European Union. Open to students with three or more years of college French.

469. FRANCOPHONE WOMEN WRITERS & ARTISTS (3 credits): What does it mean for for women to “come to writing” in French from outside the Hexagon? We will examine issues of gender, and race, the importance of orality, history and myth in the construction of new hybrid identities as we analyze women’s voices in North African and Caribbean writing and art.

Grades

Grades are based on examinations and class performance according to the Rutgers University system.  Upon completion of the program, students may request a transcript from the Rutgers transcript office.  Requests for special grading arrangements (e.g., Pass/Fail) must be made and approved before the program begins.

Cultural Activities

Our Summer in Paris program emphasizes the connection between the contemporary cultural life in France and the intellectual content of the courses.  And so, the program includes a significant number of visits to the beautiful museums, cathedrals, and other monuments of Paris and neighboring sites (such as Versailles), as well as participation in a variety of Parisian cultural events (plays, concerts, etc.).  In some cases, cultural activities - research in a library or in a museum, visiting a specific neighborhood - may fulfill part of the course requirements.  In addition, a five-day Bastille Day recess allows students to schedule independent activities from July 11 through July 15.

Cultural Activity List

The following are group activities we did in 2014.  This list is provided as a guideline of what may be available for any given summer.  A detailed list of scheduled activities will be provided to all participants closer to departure.

                                
 
  MUSEUMS & LANDMARKS MUSIC & THEATER EXHIBITS & FESTIVALS OTHER MISCELLANEOUS
  Notre-Dame de Paris Fête de la Musique Fête du cinéma Croisière bateaux parisiens
  Château de Versailles Opéra Garnier Festival Paris Plage Cheese tasting
         Cité de la Musique
- Parc de la Villette
Opéra Bastille (Ballet) Exposition: Orient Express Picnic in the Luxembourg
Gardens
  Open visits to the Louvre "Le Malade Imaginaire"
- Comédie Française
Cimetière du Père Lachaise Promenade Littéraire
  Maison de Victor Hugo Ionesco - La Cantatrice Chauve
(Theatre de la Huchette)
   
  Les Catacombes      
  Institut du Monde Arabe      

Paris 2016

2016 Paris Group


Paris Journal

The 2016 group produced a journal
about their experience.  We hope you enjoy it!


 

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to make any changes in this program that may become necessary.

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