Korea University the Department of French Language and Literature

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Introduce

The Department of French Language and Literature aims at training specialists in the fields of linguistics and/or literary studies capable of bringing up creative visions on present and future cultural-intellectual phenomena by researching French language and literature with a spirit of free investigation proper to Western human sciences.

In addition to this general goal, the department carries another specific goal: training not only searchers in specific theoretical fields but also experts in various areas such as art and literary criticism, professional translators, or even professionals in charge in cultural industries, capable of participating to the development of international exchanges and of the Korean culture.

To achieve these goals, on one hand, courses on the main literary trends and genres from the Middle Age till now, as well as comprehensive courses on important areas and theories of French linguistics are available.

On the other hand, educational programs are run to smoothen the connections between and beyond academic disciplines, with 'translation studies' devoted to the cultural and intellectual exchange between France and Korea.

 

Fields of Study

 

1. General Areas: French Linguistics /French Literature

2. Specialization:

- French Linguistics: Translation Theories / Translation Education /Translation Criticism

- French Literature: French Classical Literature/French Contemporary Literature/Translated Literature

 

Degree Requirements

 

1. Common program for Master and Doctoral degrees

1) Requirements

- A total of 24 credits are required for the master's degree. Of the required 24 credits, 21 or more must be completed in the department's courses.

- A total of 36 credits are required for the doctoral degree. Of the required 36 credits, 30 or more must be completed in in the department's courses.

- Students holding a master's degree or PhD applicants in a major other than French language and literature in the first semester of their admission must consult with their thesis supervisor who will decide which courses should be completed as prerequisite courses.

The courses "chosen by the supervisor" or "prerequisite courses" are needed in order to get the required credits in addition to the credits he or she is required to complete within the department's courses. According to the supervisor's decision, designation application for up to 5 courses or a certificate of exemption will be submitted.

The student registering for prerequisite courses is allowed overall to enroll for courses amounting to up to 15 credits, prerequisite courses included.

 

Prerequisite Courses

 

Code

Title

Credit

Rank

FRAN308

FRAN337

FRAN351

FRAN354

FRAN431

FRAN433

FRAN435

FRAN444

Understanding French Linguistic

Contrastive Analysis of French and Korean

Understanding French Poetry

French Novels and Authors

Translation And Writing

Translation of Practical Texts

Trends in French Literature and Criticism

Actual Korean-French Translation

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

 

 

Total 24

 

 

2) Multiple supervisors system & selection formalities

- Every graduate students in their first semester of graduate school, under the guidance of head professor of the Graduate School, will gather knowledge and experience of the different specializations within the French Language and Literature Department. Then, at the beginning of the second semester, the student will be assigned his or her thesis supervisor according to his or her goal and aptitude.

- Every graduate students are enrolled in a multiple directors system allowing each student two directors or supervisors in order to strengthen the research supervision of every students, and to allow as much as possible graduate students from the Department of French Language and Literature to benefit outside projects opportunities.

3) Required completion of native French language course

- In the time of globalization, all graduate students from the Department of French Language and Literature must complete at least 4 native French language courses in order to strengthen hearing and self expression capacities in French.

- Every graduate student is strongly encouraged to perform his or her preparatory defense in French.

4) French abstract of the degree dissertation

- In the time of internationalization and in order to strengthen graduate students ability to write in French, all dissertations shall include an abstract written in French (10 pages of A4 paper) so the dissertation can be introduced overseas.

5) Academic translations recognized as dissertations

- To promote the development of academic translation and especially to enhance translation studies in the specialized area of French language, translations of literary works written in French are recognized as (master's or doctoral) degree dissertations on the condition that it holds footnotes, an index and an introduction.

6) Research Advising Credit System

- MA and Ph.D. Candidate must attend his or her supervisor's course on methodology each semester; he or she is mandated to write a research plan, discuss the research methodology and the progress of his or her research with his or her Supervisor. At the end of each semester, the student must submit a research report for evaluation.

- Besides, every graduate student shall attend and participate in all academic events (conference, symposia, invited lectures, etc.) organized and held by the French Language and Literature Graduate School, as well as other events related to French literature and Translation Studies.

At the end of each semester every graduate student must submit a report on his or her academic activities to his or her Supervisor.

 

2. Master's Program

1) Submission requirement for the dissertation

- Prior to submitting their Master Dissertation, students must submit to their supervisor a dissertation comprised of an introduction, the main subject, a conclusion and a bibliography at the end of March and September of each year.

They also must submit the Head professor of the Graduate school certificates and proofs that they have completed the required credits, the native French courses, the French language examination and the Comprehensive examination test.

- Students who have received approval from their Supervisor and from the Head professor of the Graduate school will hold a mock Defense or preparatory presentation in public in April or October.

- According to the results of this presentation, the dissertation may be submitted in April or October to be examined. Once the Dissertation summary has been approved by the examining committee, and once the Dissertation is considered satisfactory, it can be printed and added.

2) Dissertation Defense

- Students who will have submitted their dissertation shall defend his or her dissertation in front of the examining committee, such dissertation defenses are compulsory and open to the public.

 

3. Doctoral Program

1) Submission requirement for the dissertation

- Prior to submitting their doctoral dissertation, students must have published a thesis in an academic journal acknowledged by the Korea Research Foundation or listed in international indexes such as A&HCI or ERIH. Furthermore, they must have participated at least once to an academic event on a national or international scale.

- Prior to submitting their doctoral dissertation, students must submit to their supervisor a dissertation comprised of an introduction, the main subject, a conclusion and a bibliography at the end of March and September of each year. They also must submit the Head professor of the Graduate school certificates and proofs that they have completed the required credits, the native French courses, the French language examination and the Comprehensive examination test, as well as the thesis published in an academic journal and the program of the academic conference where they made their presentation.

- Students who have received approval from their Supervisor and from the Head professor of the Graduate school will hold a mock Defense or preparatory presentation in public in April or October.

- According to the results of this presentation, the dissertation may be submitted in April or October to be examined.

Once the dissertation summary has been approved by the examining committee, and once the Dissertation is considered satisfactory, it can be printed and added.

2) Thesis Defense

- Students who will have submitted their doctoral dissertation shall defend his or her thesis in front of the examining committee, such dissertation defenses are compulsory and open to the public.

 

Comprehensive examinations

 

1. Requirement: to pass the Comprehensive examinations, French Linguistics students must have completed one French Literature course, and French Literature students must have completed one French Linguistics course.

2. Examination procedure:

- Each semester the Department Management Committee appoints the members of the Management Committee of the Comprehensive examination (comprised of 2 French Literature professors and 2 French Linguistics professors). They are in charge of the Comprehensive examination process from its content to its evaluation.

- The members of the Management Committee of the Comprehensive examination report the results of the comprehensive examination to the Department of Management Committee, and the final results are published by the Department of Management Committee.

3. Content:

1) All examinations are oral examinations.

2) Areas covered in the Comprehensive examination must include one subject in the area of specialization and one subject from the General areas.

For instance students specializing in French Linguistics must cover one subject from the French Linguistics Specialization Courses and one from French Literature General Courses, and vice versa students specializing in French Literature must cover one subject from the French Literature Specialization Courses and one from French Linguistics General Courses.

3) Examinations process: Examinations are held in presence of two French Linguistics professors and two French Literature professors for both Master's and Doctoral degrees.