Academic year
2021/2022 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LM008L (AF:356276 AR:187299)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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As a language course, the class contributes to reaching the objective of the knowledge and comprehension of the language of international relations at autonomy level (B2) in French. It also contributes to the acquisition of the capacity to develop original and methodologically sound discourses, both in oral and written form, on general and specific case studies in the field of international and intercultural relations, enabling the participation in scholarly debates on such topics.
1. Knowledge and understanding of written and oral documents relevant to the field of international relations (history texts, newspaper articles on foreign policy issues, political discourse, international agreements, etc. with good knowledge of French and Francophone civilization and of the sectoral language.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding in written productions (official letter, newspaper article, report, etc.) and oral productions in interaction or in continuous production (as simulations of professional activities)
3. Autonomy of judgment. Development of argumentative capacity in French
4. Communication skills developed for a B2 level of the Common European Framework for Languages.
5. Learning skills: learn to draw up articles or recensions
B1 level is needed in order to attend this course and the practice classes during the second semester.
Group A : Prof.ssa Mounition Friday12:15-13:45 Aula Audio 2 Cosulich
Group B : Prof.ssa Leroy Friday 12:15-13:45 Aula Ca' Dolfin
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Students who are complete beginners are invited to attend an initial linguistic training in the first year following courses offered at the University.
- courses at the University Language Center (CLA)
- from September to the end of October, students can attend the special course for beginners for LCSL students (Prof.ssa Durello)

In the first semester of the second year, these students will attend the B1 (with Stephanie Leroy) + level preparatory practice courses of French language, and in the second semester they will attend the module and the B2 level practice course.
Module for the second semester (Prof Yannick Hamon)
We will examine topics related to the RIC pathways. 4 main topics will be treated from a contemporary point of viewF
French-Italian relationship
IR and global warming
Geopolitics and economy
Arts and diplomacy
Hybrid warfare

They will be addressed through documents in French language, taken from magazines, newspapers, essays, etc. They will be the object of understanding, analysis, translation, discussion during the lessons. The linguistic reflection will be focused on the vocabulary also specialized in the fields of study.

B1 Level exercises in the first semester split in two groups, preparatory to B2 Level practice course at the second semestre.
B2 Level exercises in the second semester starting from general issues such as sustainable development, globalization, economic growth, education, and other current issues, the exercises will cover
- written comprehension / production with grammatical review,
- comprehension / oral production with grammatical review.
References texts

1) Full autonomous reading, for the exam, of one of the following essays with the relative reading card to be delivered.
Stéphane Hessel, Indignez-vous! (2010) et Stéphane Hessel, Gilles Vanderpooten, Engagez-vous ! (2011)
- Jean-Loup Bertaux, Démograpie, climat, migrations: l'état d'urgence (2015, éditions Fauves)
- Aimé Césaire, Discours sur le colonialisme, suivi de Discours sur la Négritude (edition de 2004, présence africaine)
- Alain Badiou, Eloge de la politique 2017 Flammarion
- Josiane Boutet, le pouvoir des mots, 2016, La dispute
- SImone Veil, Une vie

The list will be completed at the beginning of the course.

2) All the material provided during the lessons. (It will also be available in the online resources of the Moodle course).

3) A reference grammar among those reported.
Francoise Bidaud, grammaire française pour italophones, UTET,
MC Jamet, Lydia Sattler, Michèle Fourment, Coté grammaire, coté lexique, Minerva, 2017

N. B. Those who already have a complete grammar will use that and do not have to buy a new one.

4) monolingual dictionary:Le Petit Robert de la langue française. Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française, sous la direction de Josette Rey-Debove et Alain Rey, Paris, Le Robert, u.e.
- a written test, lasting 4 hours, which will consist of a quizz for understanding the text, questions of civilisation, one or two short answer about specialised vocabulary. Use of the monolingual French and foreign/Italian language dictionary for foreign students
- and a short written production (30 points for both writing and understanding parts of the test);

- an oral assessment on 30 points in French which will focus on a theme chosen from 4 macro topics :
French-Italian relationship
IR and global warming
Geopolitics and economy
Arts and diplomacy
Hybrid warfare
Francophonie as an organisation

The chosen topic will be communicated to the teacher in the form of an abstract (from 5 to 10 lines) sent by email 10 days before the oral exam.
The ability to use the documentation to propose a personal reasoning (not a catalogue of purely descriptive data), fluency in language and formal correction, originality of the chosen topic, clarity and explanation of the sources of documentation will be appreciated.
The presentation of the topic lasts 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of questions (always on the chosen topic). The use or not of a presentation (powerpoint, prices...) is at the students' discretion.

- flipped classroom held exclusively in French for the module with use of powerpoint
- participatory exercises exclusively in French, with debates, collective corrections, etc.

All the material will be available from time to time on
written and oral
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 23/01/2022