Summer in Paris
Dates: June 15 - July 28, 2018
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
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 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.
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
|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)
|Institut du Monde Arabe|
2016 Paris Group
The 2016 group produced a journal
about their experience. We hope you enjoy it!
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