French Worldwide: Language, culture, identity

Course description French Worldwide: Language, culture, identity
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 5990K021
  • Dr. A.E. Schulte Nordholt
  • Dr. E. Radar
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 300
Period: Semester 2, Block IV
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • No Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

This course is available for students of the Humanities Lab
If you have received your propaedeutic diploma within one academic year, your academic results are good and you are a very motivated student, you may apply for a place in the Humanities Lab.


This module addresses the Francophonie and its challenges (i.e. the French-speaking world outside France) in all its aspects: historical, political, linguistic and cultural (esp. literary). The course will enlighten the relations of domination, post-colonialism and legitimacy between francophone countries outside Europe and France, in specific temporal and geographical contexts: respectively North-Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Madagascar, Indochina, and West and Central Africa. The module will include a visit to the Africa Museum at Tervuren (Belgium).

  1. History, diplomacy and identity : the Francophone case
  2. Language and language politics in post colonial settings
  3. The Maghreb: Francophonie and literature
  4. Canada: multiculturalism and language rights
  5. From the Caribbean to Indochina
  6. West and Central Africa; visit to the Africa Museum at Tervuren

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

  • have a thorough understanding of the societal, diplomatic, linguistic and literary challenges of the French speaking world
  • be able to put the Francophonie concept debates into a historical context
  • discuss the concept of linguistic imperialism
  • Present their findings, based on research, to varied types of audiences.


The timetable is available on the website for the first semester and for the second semester

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

This course is worth 5 EC (140 hours).

  • Lectures: 5 lectures of 4 hours: 20
  • Excursion: 1 excursion to Belgium: 10
  • Literature reading & practical work: 50
  • Assignments & final essay: 60 hours

Assessment method

  • 20% active participation
  • 20% oral presentation
  • 60% final paper of 3000 words

The final grade is an average of these three grades. All three exams need to be passed with a 5.0 min

If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of retaking the final essay. Contact the course lecturer for more information.


Attendance is compulsory for all meetings (lectures, seminars, excursion). If you are unable to attend due to circumstances beyond your control, notify the Humanities Lab office in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence, and hand in your weekly assignment in writing to the lecturer (if applicable). Being absent without notification and valid reason may result in lower grades or exclusion from the course.


Students are required to register on Blackboard before the lectures start

Blackboard will be used in this course. Students can register for the Blackboard site two weeks prior to the start of the course

Reading list

Articles will be uploaded on BB


Students of the Humanities Lab will be registered via uSis by the administration of the Humanities Lab

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Lecturer: Dr. E. Radar
Dr. A.E. Schulte Nordholt
Humanities Lab office