French Culture and Society





Offered by

Global Business Engineering




Admission requirements for the Global Business Engineering Programme.

For international students at least one year of French at high school level or an equivalent background is required. I.e. TCF A1 or DELF A1, CIEP or Alliance Française diplomas. Documentation is required.

The course must be passed before the limit set in the course curriculum.

Main purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop the students’ language proficiency in French.  Besides, the aim is to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of cultural, social, and political issues in France as well as in other French-speaking areas of the world.


After the course the students should have knowledge about, understand and reflect on
  • the French language, including syntax, phonetics, grammar, and semantics.
  • historical, social, cultural, and political conditions in French-speaking areas.


After the course the students should be able to:
  • communicate reasonably well in French
  • understand spoken French
  • read, understand and discuss authentic texts in French about cultural, social or political issues
  • make presentations on cultural, social or political issues
  • write simple texts in French
  • search information in French on cultural, social and political issues and to present the results of this in French.


After the course the students should to a certain extent, be able to
  • communicate in a clear language, orally and in writing, in an international context
  • function and cooperate with people with different educational, language, and cultural backgrounds
  • structure own learning in an effective way and critically acquire new knowledge within relevant engineering areas
  • use the knowledge of the French language and the French society as well as the French-speaking areas in practice in an international context.


Teaching methods and study activities

The semester workload (5 ECTS) corresponds to approx. 137 hours of student work comprising compulsory written and oral assignments, compulsory presentations of self-studied subjects as well as various grammar exercises.

Participation of lecturer and students
Initiated by the lecturer

60  hours -  44 %

  • Lessons, scheduled
  • Excursions
  • Introduction to written assignments and feedback
  • Semester tests
  • Feedback project work
  • Exams and tests


Participation of students

Initiated by the lecturer

60 hours - 44 %
  • Assignments, self-study
  • Project and group work
  • Homework for lessons
  • Selected exercises
  • Preparation for exams

Participation of students
Initiated by students
9 hours - 7 %
  • Self-study
  • Project work
  • Study groups
  • Literature search
  • Exam preparation

Participation of lecturer and students 
initiated by students
5 hours - 4 %
  • Meetings
  • Study guidance


Catherine Carlo & Mariella Causa : Civilisation progressive du Français, Clé International, ISBN: 978-209-038120-7

Jean Luc Penfornis:  Grammaire  progressive du Français, Clé International ISBN: 978-2-09-038124-5

Handouts: Articles from newspapers, magazines and the Internet.


Admission to the examination is on condition that:
  • A number of individual compulsory written assignments, stipulated by the lecturer at semester start, are handed in and approved within the stipulated deadlines
  • One individual oral presentation has been passed and approved.



​Individual oral examination

The examination is composed of an unknown text and questions in relation to the topics of the course.

Preparation time 40 minutes.

Duraction of examination: Approx. 20 minutes.

Allowed tools: All

External examiner.

Please note that re-examinations may take a different form than the ordinary exams.

The course must be passed before the limit set in the course curriculum.


Grading criteria

Examinations account for 100 % of final grade.

Additional information



Helle Neimann Olesen (HNO)

Valid from

8/15/2018 12:00:00 AM

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