Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Students may choose between any of the 6-week courses offered through the CIEE Paris Open Campus program in Block I. Sample course descriptions follow:
LITT 3001 PAFR (ENG)
19th Century French Literature
Students taking this course will grasp the literary history of France from the Romanticism of Chateaubriand through the realist Comédie humaine of Balzac and the epic impact of Victor Hugo. Emile Zola’s naturalist shift in such works as La bête humaine and Le Bonheur des dames and the absurdist attacks of Lautréaumont and Jarry will finish out the class. The painting and sculpture of this era from Courbet, Manet, and Rodin will accompany students in this exploration of 19th-century French literature.
HIST 3003 PAFR / INRE 3001 PAFR
Studying the decisive historical events of the French and American revolutions in terms of an “Atlantic Revolution,” we arrive at a new understanding of political modernity. First, we underline the differences and similarities of the two revolutions. Then we see how these events created the basis of what political modernity in Occidental civilization is. Lastly, we investigate how these models compete and converge today in proposing the fundamentals of modern democracy.
CINE 3001 PCFS
This course focuses on contemporary French cinema, with an emphasis on film culture in Paris and its area. It also provides an introduction to the practice of film analysis as well as to the main figures and movements in the period considered. In addition, we will examine the importance of cinema in documenting and affecting the social, cultural, and political changes taking place in contemporary France.
(GI) BUSI 3001 PAFR
This course provides students with an overview of the dynamics of the global financial and international monetary systems. Students develop knowledge of the fundamental concepts needed to understand foreign direct investment, financial flows, international trade and investment deals. As political risk and economic exposure to global events have become more immediate, special attention will be given to the 2007-2012 world banking crisis, the role of central banks in stabilization of national economies, the European debt crisis, and the specific economic challenges suffered by nations of southern Europe, including Italy. Alternative views and policy measures to help struggling economies overcome economic and financial crisis - like contracting (or expanding) government spending – as developed by the EU, and the US, accordingly will be assessed and critically analyzed.
FRST 3001 PCFS
Paris Collage: History, Culture, Architecture
This course is a multi-faceted approach to Paris development and evolution, with an emphasis on the impact of cultural, social, and political forces on the city’s built environment. The continuance of building, on both a large and a small scale, renders Paris – more so, perhaps, than other cities – a diverse and dynamic metropolis embodying the architectures of yesterday, today and doubtless, tomorrow as well. In this course we will analyze aesthetical and functional aspects of urban structures and how their surroundings establish the atmosphere and characterize every urban society - characteristics that vary from different geographical situations and climates, the size of the city, and from one period to another (thus talking about styles). Beside theoretical lectures, the making of Paris is studied in the city itself, from the Gallo-Roman forum to contemporary urban designs. Through numerous field studies students will gain insight into the history of Paris major landmarks, but also learn how to perceive architectural and urban compositions in general (vocabulary, symbols, materials, functions, archaeology, etc.).
FREN 2001 PAFR
French Language – Intermediate I
In this course, intermediate French language students will gain a broader lexical and grammatical foundation for their language studies. Students will improve their written and oral expression, aided by an in-depth study of grammar (tenses, reported speech, an introduction to conditional and subjunctive), as well as syntax and vocabulary. They will learn idiomatic expressions and learn to identify and eliminate Anglicisms in their speech. This theoretical study is complemented by reading and analysis of simple texts to illustrate the grammatical points raised in class. By the end of the class, students will be able to write a descriptive or narrative text in a clear and organized fashion about subjects with which they are familiar. They will be able to understand the concept of registers of speech and have a face-to-face conversation about a range of issues.
REN 2002 PAFR
French Language – Intermediate II
This course is designed for students with three to four semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read news articles and stories, and through them improve their knowledge of grammatical points (tenses, including the conditional and the subjunctive, pronouns, and beginning of argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to express their opinions on familiar subjects, give oral presentations in an organized way, and write a short essay on a subject of general interest using a range of registers. The student should be able to understand a conversation including several participants and covering a range of personal and general topics.
FREN 3001 PAFR
French Language – Advanced I
This course is designed for students with four or five semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read articles, essays, and literary texts, and carry out regular in-class and at-home writing exercises and essays, which are reviewed in class. The grammatical points covered in the syllabus (tenses, including the conditional, subjunctive, and passé simple, pronouns, and argumentation). By the end of the semester, students should be able to argue a point of view on abstract subjects in an oral presentation and write a well-constructed and coherent essay on a subject of general interest. They should be able to understand and use appropriately varied kinds of discourse, including formal and informal, slang, and academic language, as well as begin to master the different registers of language.
FREN 3002 PAFR
French Language – Advanced II
This course is designed for students with five or six semesters of college-level French, or the equivalent as determined by a placement test. Students read high-level articles, essays, and literary texts, and carry out regular in-class and at-home writing exercises and essays, which are reviewed in class. The grammatical points covered in the syllabus (irregular tenses, imperfect subjunctive and simple past, advanced idioms and rhetoric, the use of the expletive “ne”). By the end of the class, students should be able to argue a point of view on abstract subjects in an oral presentation and write a well-constructed and coherent essay on a subject of specific interest. They should be able to master varied kinds of discourse, including formal and informal, slang, French wit and turns of phrase, and elegant argumentative and expository language.
All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with Integrated Academic Seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.
Required CIEE Internship
INSH 3806 PAFR
Academic Internship in Paris
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with an integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 220 and 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.
CIEE Elective Courses
Students choose one of the following courses:
(GI) COMM 3301 PAFR (ENG)
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this course, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you more appropriately and effectively engage, communicate, and lead in local as well as other intercultural contexts. Course participants explore a variety of topics in intercultural communication based in the context of students’ experiences abroad, and practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across cultural differences in a wide variety of common contexts. Students increase their cultural self-awareness and develop critical personal leadership skills that equip them to become more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.
(GI) BUSI 3007 PAFR
Doing Business in Europe
This course aims to provide an introduction to the related influences of business, society, government and culture in the region and link these influences to students’ experience within their professional internship program and academic coursework. Using our location of Paris as our beginning reference point, this course will review Europe’s economic and cultural contexts and major changes. We will explore the shared cultural history and diversity across the region (for purposes of this course, we will focus on the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy). Through small group work and individual inquiry, we will strive to focus on gaining an understanding of the major cultural groups in each country, their heritage and business activities along with the country’s current challenges and opportunities for trade and expansion within the region and globally. By using current business cases and media coverage of economic, political and business issues, we will focus on what we as outsiders to the region need to quickly assess and integrate into our business approaches for success in the region.