Extended Major

French Extended Major Research Project: Your French, Your Way

French is one of the few languages at Monash that has an extended major, giving you the opportunity to take your language further and deeper.

As part of the extended major suite of units, French at Monash offers you the 12-point Extended Major Research Unit (ATS3139), opening up research opportunities usually available only at Honours, Masters and PhD levels.

  • You get to study a topic that genuinely interests you in a depth impossible to reach in normal undergraduate units.
  • You also get one-to-one supervision on your chosen research project, with meetings just between you and your supervisor throughout the semester.

The Extended Major Research Unit offers you the chance to choose the content of your own unit and develop a major research project around a theme of your choice.

Anyone taking a French Major is eligible to apply for the unit, and acceptance will be contingent on one of the French Studies staff agreeing to supervise you.

There are two ways to choose a project for the Extended Major Research Unit: “made to measure” and “off the peg”.

  • Made to measure: you come to us with a project you have already devised, perhaps around a pet passion of yours or a long-standing desire to penetrate more deeply into some aspect of French language, literature, culture or society.
  • Off the peg: you can pick from one of the ready-to-go projects listed on this page. Each project is offered by one of the staff members who is an expert in the project area, so you know you will be supervised by someone who is a leader in the field. If one of the ideas below sparks your thinking and you want to tweak it a bit, just talk to the relevant lecturer about whether your idea would be possible.

The total word limit for the unit is 15 000, which can be split up into smaller essays and can also be entirely written in English or in a mix of English and French. 15 000 words might sound a lot, but once it is broken down you will find it quite manageable, and might even wish you had more!

 

List of possible “off-the-peg” French research projects

Table of contents (click on an area to jump down the page to relevant projects)

Bande dessinée

Film

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Language and Society

Literature

Theology

Philosophy/ Political Philosophy

Politics, Society, Sociology 

Visual Culture 

Bande dessinée

  • Philosophy in Images: Marc-Antoine Mathieu’s Julius Corentin Acquefaques series (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Tintin as a Hero for the twenty-first Century (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • A Modern Masterpiece : Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin, Les Bijoux de la Castafiore (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Representation of French culture in Japanese mangas (
  • Bande dessinée’s engagement with postcolonialism (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Achile Talon : a sociological representation of 1960s France (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Bande dessinée as literature: the Real, documentary and criticism (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Astérix and national history (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Bande dessinée vs. roman graphique (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Lyricism and bande-dessinée (contact: Benjamin Andréo)

 

Film

  • The post-colonial body in Claire Denis’s Beau Travail (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Equality and Exclusion in Les Intouchables (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Individualization and Social Distinction in Agnès Jaoui’s Le Goût des autres (contact: Natalie Doyle)
  • Social masks  and the memory of the Ancien Régime in Patrice Leconte’s Ridicule  (contact: Natalie Doyle)
  • Conformism and its rejection   in Alain Corneau’s adaptation of Pascal Quignard’s Tous les matins du monde
  • Constructing French identity in the 21st century through contemporary French stars (Contact: Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • Identity and stardom in postwar France (Contact: Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • Aesthetics and society in the French New Wave (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • French specificity in the cinema of François Ozon (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • An outsider’s perspective: the French films of Michael Haneke (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • Adolescence, race and class in the coming-of-age films of Céline Sciamma (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • Poetic Realism and Popular Front Paris (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • Transatlantic cultural exchange: the Hollywood Frenchness films of the 1950s and 1960s (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • From page to screen: Colette’s Gigi (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • The femme fatale in French film noir (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • Marginal communities in the cinema of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • New femininity: Brigitte Bardot and post-war France (Contact: Felicity Chaplin)
  • Francophone cinema and national memories : Mehdi Charef, Philippe Faucon, Philippe Lioret (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Jacques Tati and Modernism (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Jacques Tati and Humour (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Jean Cocteau’s cinematic poetry (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Jean Cocteau’s cinema echoes in other filmmakers’ cinematography (Orson Welles, Demy, etc.) (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Linguistic representations in French and Francophone cinema (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • La banlieue in contemporary French cinema (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Projecting meaning(s): reading film (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • The poetics of film (contact: Benjamin Andréo)
  • Adpatation(s): theory and practice (contact: Benjamin Andréo)

 

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

  • Teaching and learning French as a foreign language (contact: Patrick Durel)
  • Integrating Information and Communication technologies (ICT) in Foreign language teaching (contact: Patrick Durel)
  • Developing collaboration through the use of ICT (contact: Patrick Durel)
  • Monitoring impact: Digital annotations, collaborative analytical reading, and collaborative writing (contact: Patrick Durel)
  • Action Research and the Teaching French: Developing teaching sequences (contact: Patrick Durel)
  • Developing Awareness: The yoga of learning (contact: Patrick Durel)

 

Language and Society

  • Evolution of French language and the new sociolects (lexique des cités, Rap lyrics, etc.)  (contact: Nadine Normand-Marconnet)
  • French Universities in a higher education globalised market: the authorisation to teach in a language other than English and the debate around the Fioraso law (contact: Nadine Normand-Marconnet)
  • French political rap and Hip Hop culture in France: Voice of the minorities  (contact: Patrick Durel)
  • Are the Internet and Social Media making us stupid ? (contact: Patrick Durel)

 

Literature

 

Theology

  • Divine Accommodation in Jean Calvin’s Institution de la religion chrétienne (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Can there be a Christian Philosophy? The case of Paul Ricœur (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Jacques Derrida and Religion (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Michel Foucault and Religion (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Marcel Gauchet and the modern “religious disenchantment” (contact: Natalie Doyle)
  • Disenchantment/Reenchantment: the sacred in contemporary French society (contact: Benjamin Andréo)

 

Philosophy/ Political Philosophy

  • Rethinking Environmentalism with Michel Serres (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Exploring Contemporary French Philosophy: Catherine Malabou’s Que faire de notre cerveau? (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Exploring Contemporary French Philosophy: Alain Badiou’s Ethique (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • The best book never written: Exploring Pascal’s Pensées (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • (How) can philosophy be truly atheist? (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • What is Philosophy good for? Beginning to explore the thought of Gilles Deleuze (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Illegal Law: Jacques Derrida and the Foundations of Justice (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Michel Foucault on Sexuality and Power (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Writing Women: French Feminism and écriture féminine (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Exploring the “Bible of Feminism”: Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Philosophy, Portraiture and the Image: Jean-Luc Nancy (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • Explorations in Medicine: Michel Foucault’s Histoire de la folie (contact: Chris Watkin)
  • The Future of Democracy: the debate between Alain Badiou and Marcel Gauchet  (contact: Natalie Doyle)

 

Politics, Society, Sociology

  • Contemporary French Debates on secularism and the history of the  notion of Laïcité: Jean Baubérot, Olivier Roy, Marcel Gauchet  et al. ( contact: Natalie Doyle)
  • Contemporary Debates on the place of Islam in French Society: Olivier Roy, Raphaël Logier, Farhad Khosrokhavar et al. (contact: Natalie Doyle)
  • Contemporary French  Debates on the violent  radicalization of Islam and  terrorism  : Olivier Roy, Farhad Khosrokhavar, Dounia Bouznar et al. (contact: Natalie Doyle)
  • Contemporary French Debates on France’s place in Europe –  the Future of the European Union (contact: Natalie Doyle)
  • Franco-German relations: from hostility to cooperation  (contact: Natalie Doyle)
  • France, global and home-grown djihadism (contact: Patrick Durel)
  • The narratives on Republican values, integration and the ambiguous universality (contact: Patrick Durel)
  • La Francophonie and the Arts (littérature, cinema, bande dessinée): French beyond the Hexagone  (contact: Nadine Normand-Marconnet)
  • The Francophone world, the institutions, the politics and policies  (contact: Nadine Normand-Marconnet)
  • France in Africa:  post-colonisation and Françafrique (contact: Nadine Normand-Marconnet)

 

Visual Culture