Community-Based Learning: Current Events and Contemporary France
About the Course:
This course explores Contemporary France. Through different themes central to French society it examines, for example, cultural diversity, gastronomy, education, family, media, etc. The general structure follows a thematic perspective and allows students to discover, and also deepen their understanding of what constitutes the values and institutions of France today. Through different types of texts (articles, films, songs, etc.) , and thanks to discussions, debates, presentations, essays, students will develop their critical analysis while improving their oral and written skills (comprehension and production). The course includes a learning unit and civic service in the community (Community-based-Learning project). This partnership promotes the exchange of points of view from various cultural perspectives on different contemporary themes (media, immigration, family, education, etc.) which are covered in class. This community-based exchange promotes open-mindedness and a culture of community engagement. These class discussions raise students’ awareness of the wealth of charitable organizations in the United States and France and the impact they can have on their local communities and more widely on the world.
About Community-Based Learning:
Community Based Learning (CBL) classes, also sometimes called Service Learning Classes, foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world. At Drew, CBL classes strengthen community partners that serves the common good. They fulfill the Off-Campus Experience requirement and qualify as one of the Launch program’s immersive experiences.
Course Schedule & Registration:
Monday and Wednesday, 11:50am-1:05pm
FREN 302 – G (CRN: 10147)