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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 4. A Brief History of France and it's 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Lesson 10. French Lifestyle

    As we've mentioned before, when visiting any country, it's important to understand the lifestyle of its inhabitants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 15 Useful Phrases

    Here are some useful words and phrases while traveling in France.
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Course Title: French Culture 101
Course Number: 8900273
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 1.0 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), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
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: $20.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $45.00

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.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1: Welcome to France! – An Introduction to the Country and its PeopleExam10
Preparing to TravelAssignment100
Lesson 2: Preparing to Travel to FranceExam9
Doing Business In FranceAssignment100
Lesson 3: Doing Business in FranceExam8
History of FranceAssignment100
Lesson 4: A Brief History of France and it's PeopleExam10
Lesson 5: French Holidays and Dates to RememberExam10
Dining in FranceAssignment100
Lesson 6: Dining in FranceExam10
Things To DoAssignment100
Lesson 7: Things to Do in FranceExam8
Lesson 8: Dealing with TransportationExam10
Lesson 9: French Morals and ValuesExam10
What Do They Mean?Assignment100
Lesson 10: French LifestyleExam10
Interesting FactsAssignment100
Lesson 11: Interesting Things about FranceExam10
Lesson 12: Political Landscape of France TodayExam9
Famous French WomenAssignment100
Lesson 13: Frenchmen (and Women) Who Left Their Mark: Past and PresentExam10
The Final AssignmentAssignment100
Lesson 14: Avoiding StereotypesExam10
The Final ExamExam67
New ThingsAssignment100
Total Points:1506
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