Online Class: French Culture 101

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Course Description

Welcome to our course on French culture. Throughout this course, we'll offer students a brief introduction to the country and its people. We'll cover necessary issues for your travel preparations to France, including the need for visas or passports.  We'll show you ways to stay healthy and safe in France, as well as how to deal with emergencies.

Whether you're traveling to France for business or pleasure, it's important to follow French customs and etiquette. Business travelers should understand how business meetings are approached, and the protocols involved in business negotiations in order to foster positive business relations.

We'll also introduce students to a brief history of France and its people, French holidays and important dates to remember. France is known as the culinary capital of the world, but it's also a very diverse and interesting country, whose regions offer a variety of culinary specialties and dining experiences. In France, visitors can enjoy anything from street food to gourmet delights in every region of the country.

Major cities in France offer a variety of highlights, entertainments and venues, including Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux and Brittany. Whether you want to visit the D-Day beaches of Normandy or spend a few days exploring French cathedrals, you'll find what you're looking for in France. When it comes to transportation, learn the basics, including how to purchase tickets for major train networks or what you need to do to rent a car or ride a bus.

We'll also discuss French lifestyle, including social behavior, common traditions, and French morals and values. We'll also offer students some fun and interesting facts about France, its culture, and geography. Understanding the political landscape of France today is important for business travelers and vacationers, as are highlights of French men and women who have left an indelible mark on the history and culture of France.

We hope this course will help students avoid stereotyping France or its people, and serve to offer tips and suggestions on how to gain the most benefits, memories and experiences from your journey to France.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Welcome to France! An Introduction to the Country and its People

Welcome to this introductory course on French culture and behavior. France is a beautiful country, filled with history, art, and people from all walks of life. 14 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: France Guide; Geography of France
  • Take Poll: France
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 1: Welcome to France! – An Introduction to the Country and its People

Lesson 2. Preparing to Travel to France

Before traveling anywhere, it's important to know where you're going and how to get there. In this lesson, we'll introduce topics, such as the need for visas and passports to France. 109 Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: Preparing to Travel
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Preparing to Travel to France

Lesson 3. Doing Business in France

When it comes to doing business in France, there are a number of behaviors of which international travelers should be aware. 108 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Doing Business in France; French Business Culture
  • Complete Assignment: Doing Business In France
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: Doing Business in France

Lesson 4. A Brief History of France and its People

We mentioned in an earlier lesson the importance of understanding the culture of countries that you are visiting, whether it is for business or for pleasure. 110 Total Points
  • Review Article: History of France
  • Complete Assignment: History of France
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: A Brief History of France and it's People

Lesson 5. French Holidays and Dates to Remember

Like many western European countries, France celebrates "traditional" holidays, including Christmas, New Year's Day, and All Saints' Day. 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Bastille Day; Christmas in France
  • Complete Assignment: Holidays
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: French Holidays and Dates to Remember

Lesson 6. Dining in France

When many people think of French cooking, they automatically picture rich, creamy recipes, heavy on the wine and cream, fancy desserts and pastries, and most of all, the calories! 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: History of French Food; Traditional French Food
  • Complete Assignment: Dining in France
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Dining in France

Lesson 7. Things to Do in France

Whether you're in France for business or pleasure, try to schedule a little free time for yourself. 108 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Most Visited French Attractions; Things To Do in France
  • Take Poll: France
  • Complete Assignment: Things To Do
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Things to Do in France

Lesson 8. Dealing with Transportation

Because of its location, travelers have the ability to arrive in France by way of a number of transportation venues: air, sea, rail, or car. However, traveling in France also requires a bit of knowledge regarding the transportation systems, including rail. 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: French Transportation; Paris Transportation
  • Complete Assignment: Transportation
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Dealing with Transportation

Lesson 9. French Morals and Values

When traveling abroad, don't expect every country to have the same values and morals as you do. Cultures around the world are different. What may not be acceptable in America is perfectly common and acceptable in France or another country, and vice versa. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: French Cultural Etiquette; French Values
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: French Morals and Values

Lesson 10. French Lifestyle

As we've mentioned before, when visiting any country, it's important to understand the lifestyle of its inhabitants. 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: French Social Customs; Life in France
  • Complete Assignment: Diversity
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: French Lifestyle

Lesson 11. Interesting Things about France

You can never know everything there is to know about a country without visiting it. However, before you visit France, read up on its history, its geography, and its people. 109 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: 10 Interesting Facts; Facts about France
  • Complete Assignment: Interesting Facts
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Interesting Things about France

Lesson 12. Political Landscape of France Today

A study the political history of France could fill textbooks. In this lesson, we merely strive to give you a brief overview of the French legal system and government. 109 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Principles of the French Constitution; The French Political System
  • Complete Assignment: Political Landscape
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12: Political Landscape of France Today

Lesson 13. Frenchmen and Women Who Left Their Mark, Past and Present

Like other countries throughout the world, France has its share of famous individuals, past and present. The French have offered to the world a variety of leaders: military, explorers, monarchs, and inventors. 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Claude Monet; Marie Antoinette
  • Take Poll: Famous French People
  • Complete Assignment: Famous French Women
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 13: Frenchmen (and Women) Who Left Their Mark: Past and Present

Lesson 14. Avoiding Stereotypes

While all of us are guilty of stereotyping at one time or another, it's especially important to avoid stereotyping and believing myths about certain cultures or behaviors when traveling abroad. 175 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: French Myths; Myths about Paris
  • Complete: The Final Assignment
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 14: Avoiding Stereotypes
  • Complete: The Final Exam

Lesson 15 Useful Phrases

Here are some useful words and phrases while traveling in France. 100 Total Points
  • Take Poll: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe preparing to travel to France.
  • Describe doing business in France.
  • Summarize the history of France and it's people.
  • Summarize French holidays and dates to remember.
  • Describe dining in France.
  • Summarize things to do in France and dealing with transportation.
  • Identify French morals and values.
  • Describe French lifestyle and the political landscape.
  • Summarize French men and women who left their mark: past and present.
  • Summarize avoiding stereotypes, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: French Culture 101
Course Number: 8900273
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (536 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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