Trimestre academic program

Trimestre logo purpleStudents can earn a full semester of credits in less than three months with no French language pre-requisite.  



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Cooking up France: the French, national identity and food (spring 2019) 3 credits As Charles De Gaulle famously stated, the connection between national discourse and food in France, a country that prides itself on its cuisine, is complex.  How did food become part of the national agenda? How is it portrayed in popular culture and in politics?  And is French cuisine really French anyway? 

French language (fall and spring 2019)

(levels A1-B2)

3 credits Students take a test to place them in one of three language levels: A1 (beginner) B1 (intermediate) B2 (advanced)
Museums and culture (fall 2019) 3 credits Drawing on the rich resources of Strasbourg’s many museums, as well as on the museums of such cities as Paris, Basel, Colmar, and Nancy, this course will examine the museum as an institution and how it shapes, and is shaped by, the cultures within which it operates: especially, in this case, the cultures of Europe, France, Strasbourg, and Alsace.

Choice of 2 or 3 of the following electives:

Religion in French Society (fall and spring 2019) 3 credits Like the US, France has a long history of Christianity, freedom of religion and a separation of Church and State.  But the similarities stop there.  The rise of Islam, the waning of Christianity and the political theme of laicité are very different than in the US.  We investigate how religion functions in French society today and how it got to be that way.
The Construction of Europe (fall and spring 2019) 3 credits A study of the history of functioning of the European institutions, in particular the three that are based in Strasbourg: The European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights. 

European cities (spring 2019)

3 credits In this course we study in development of some European cities and the forces (political, economic, demographic, geographic, cultural, criminal) which have shaped them. Focus on Paris, Barcelona, Lisbon, London, Rome and Strasbourg. 
French literature in translation (fall 2019) 3 credits

An introduction to the French literary tradition, from the Renaissance to the present. Authors to be studied in English translation include Montaigne, MolièreVoltaire, Balzac, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Proust, Camus, Duras, Daoud, and Darrieussecq.

All courses are taught at the Accès center by professors from the University of Strasbourg or from visiting professors from Accès partner colleges in the United States.  The selection of courses may change from one semester to the next.  Each course includes a number of excursions and visits in and around Strasbourg.

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