|Course set (UE) / Credits (ECTS) / Track / Specialization||Module :French Culture and Society : 5 ECTS.|
|Open for visitors||no|
|Working language :||English|
|Volume of contact hours :||27 h|
|Workload to be expected by the student :||108 h|
Track : Attendance
This course aims to allow students to better identify and understand some underlying cultural factors that may impact mindsets, behaviours and practices in today’s France, particularly in the working environment. Beyond unearthing significant trends and patterns, such an approach will also enable students to revisit some workplace clichés traditionally associated with France -quality of life, incessant strikes, the 35-hour week, an overreaching state, to name a few-. By comparing facts and experiences in the home and host countries, the students will enhance their cross-cultural awareness and their ability to better adapt to an ever-changing world. The observation of the French emphasis on continuity through change will finally allow for an assessment of some salient strengths and weaknesses of France as a cultural entity to be reckoned with in social or business interactions and dealings.
- Identify characteristic behaviours and practices
- Distinguish facts from clichés
- Interpret cultural determinisms
- Distinguer Distinguish facts from clichés
- Incorporate data pertaining to different fields
- Evaluate one's own observations and interpretations
1° The Overall Picture. Some Facts and Figures. Preliminary observations about the new COVID-19 context.
2° French Paradoxes and Mysteries
3° Education and Work
4° Money and Business
5° From "Made in France" to Brand France
6° Luxury and Innovation
7° Self-Representations: French Symbols - French Exceptionalism
8° The French Language
The above outline is an indicative one. Sections may be expanded or pared down based on developments in the news. This will allow for hands-on observations and more challenging opportunities to form opinions.
None apart form a willingness to observe, identify and interpret situations and behaviour while remaining non-judgmental and to further further grasp intrinsic similarities and differences with situations and behaviour in one's home country.
A relevant bibliography/webography is provided in the Course Reader handed out in the first session.
Patricia Tehami, ''Brand France: A Battle of Wits and Insights'', The Global Interdisciplinary Conference: Green Cities, Nancy, 30 juin 2018
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