SUPPLEMENTARY SUBJECT IN FRENCH

Introduction

Language, the Sun King and aesthetics

France is the largest nation in Western Europe. As the cradle of freedom, liberty and equality, France is one of the most important cultural centres in the world. Throughout history, France has made a considerable contribution to art, literature, philosophy and democracy, and the country currently wields considerable influence in the EU.

It is a country with proud traditions and a language that is still influential in the world of today. As a French student, you help promote familiarity with one of the countries that has had the greatest significance – and still has – for European culture.

Studies of a country

As a student of the subsidiary subject in French, you study just as much about the country as you do the language. You get a broad understanding of French language, literature and culture, as well as the history and social conditions in France. You acquire skills in analysis and interpretation, develop your ability to work with intercultural communication, and learn to use a critical and well-considered approach when dealing with large amounts of material.

Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment

You gain an overall understanding of both classical and contemporary French literature, including aspects of philosophy and the history of ideas. You read works by the masters of realism, including Balzac and Flaubert, as well as more recent, experimental writers. You also learn about French history from the time of the French Revolution until today, and you have the opportunity to study current events such as presidential elections and strikes.

Studies of a language

You learn to write and speak French fluently. It is therefore an advantage if you are reasonably good at French before you commence your studies. The texts are read in French and most of the lessons take place in French.

Will you find the answers?

In the French degree programme, we deal with many issues and subjects – you may find yourself working with the following topics:

  • Are Balzac’s stories still popular? Why is that question relevant today?
  • How do I express myself correctly in French in a business context?
  • Who was responsible for the war in Algeria?
  • How many grammatical functions can tout have in a sentence?

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.

You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.

Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.

Academic regulations

As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.

You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:

-       SEE ACADEMIC REGULATIONS

In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.

Structure bachelor

Structure master

Student life

Teaching

Approximately 25 students enrol in French every year (including subsidiary subject students). Due to this limited number, you get to know all your fellow French students, regardless of their year of commencement. You attend with students taking French as a main subject. The teaching consists of lectures in small groups, and classroom lessons where you and your fellow students participate actively in discussions and verbal presentations.

Workshops

As a non-compulsory supplement to the lessons, some subjects provide workshop activities. Here you can get assistance from more senior students and join in questions and discussions about phonetics, history, literature, etc.

There are 5 workshops:

  • Grammar
  • Phonetics
  • Literature
  • History of ideas
  • History and social conditions

Reading groups

French students are encouraged to form reading groups. This is important both for academic and social reasons, as you can exchange subject-related knowledge and learn from each other, at the same time as socialising outside university hours.

Fronten and Franskfamilien

In addition to your studies, there are other activities available in your spare time:

  • Fronten (the Front): This is the French Committee, where you meet and share ideas with students from other years. Fronten organises a dinner club, film club, male support group (for the relatively few male students of French) and celebrations.
  • Franskfamilien (the French family): This is a virtual network for French students. It facilitates contact between students, and organises celebrations, city outings, weekends away, etc. This makes it easy to keep in touch, even if you completed your studies last century.
  • ISC: The International Students Centre is a forum for contact with French-speaking students. If you would like to practise and improve your French, the ISC is an ideal option. The ISC has merged with sTUDENTERHUSET and more information is available at www.studenterhusaarhus.dk.

Career

French teacher

With French as your subsidiary subject, your degree is geared towards the education sector and teaching at upper secondary schools, folk high schools, teaching colleges and evening classes, etc. French is a minor subject at upper secondary school. You therefore have the best job opportunities if you choose a major subject as your main subject, e.g. Danish, English, history or social science. You have fewer opportunities with a combination of two minor subjects or one minor and one medium subject.

For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.

Administration, language and communication

In addition to teaching jobs, you can also work in the following sectors:

  • Administration (public administration, project management and management secretariat in private companies).
  • Sales and exports to France, including marketing and accounting.
  • Internal and external communication in private and public companies.
  • Language: linguist, translator and interpreter.

Competence profile

French as a subsidiary subject provides you with the following:

  • Language skills: You learn to speak and write French fluently.
  • Cultural understanding: You acquire an in-depth knowledge of French history, society and culture, and you learn to understand French culture and the way the French do things. You can choose to communicate this knowledge to others as a teacher, or you can use your skills as an exports or communications officer in companies trading with France.
  • Communication: You become skilled at working with languages and at expressing yourself vividly and correctly. At the same time, you acquire knowledge about intercultural communication and pedagogics, and thereby learn how to approach different target groups.
  • Analytical skills: As a French student at the University of Aarhus, you read and analyse a considerable amount of French literature, and you compare literature from different periods and of different styles. This teaches you to distinguish between what is important and what is not important, and to define key questions and solutions. This is an ability you can use in many other contexts, such as administrative work or in communication activities.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration: As a student of French, you work with language, literature, history and social conditions. This teaches you to apply different methodologies and theories, and you gain an understanding of what other disciplines can contribute. This is an advantage when you need to collaborate with other professional groups as part of your career – whether as a member of a team of upper secondary schoolteachers or in a marketing department, where your colleagues may have a background in business studies.