courses

I have the good fortune to be in a full-time academic job in the teaching stream, a parallel track to the research faculty stream. This is good because I can legitimately separate otium from officium and negotium, whilst maintaining an intersecting area of otium negotiosum / sanctum. I teach French language, literature, and culture; and medieval literature, some of which is in French. For most of my courses, at least some of the materials are openly available online. This is important to me personally and politically and because I work at a public institution in a First-and-Fourth-World democracy. I am trying to ensure that, for current and future courses, as much as possible is free for anyone to use; provided it is properly credited, not commercially exploited, and abides by the terms of my work’s Creative Commons licence.

Not all of my teaching is overtly or obviously medieval. This is a good thing—at least, I enjoy it, though that might be idiosyncratic—because it encourages me to think more creatively when teaching so as to bring in the medieval: medieval things, medieval teaching and learning, applied medievalism. Here is an example. Thinking when teaching, and thinking about teaching when teaching, make for better teaching (I think). It has also been my experience that something is more enjoyable if you’re being more imaginative and otherwise intellectually active while doing it, and that your enjoyment makes the thing more enjoyable for others involved. Spread the joy.

Some general stuff that may be useful to others:

Here are some courses I’ve designed and taught or currently teach, including syllabi:

FRENCH LANGUAGE

  • French for Reading: an ab initio French course for (post-)graduate students, for reading and research purposes. A.k.a. “Du degré zéro à Derrida.”
    Originally run (2005 & 2006) as a summer intensive course: six weeks, five days a week, three hours a day + three to four hours’ practice and homework a day; with maximum eighteen students.
    The original site was at …princeton.edu/~julietobrien.
    I’m working on adapting the syllabus, structure, and general design to a guided independent study version, for use by graduate students and others with similar reading requirements. The textbook used (and abused, because it is half a century old and therefore hilarious–its exemplary scholarly texts can be from the century before last–but, like a fine wine, also improves with age) is a solid classic: Karl C. Sandberg, French for Reading (1968). Used copies can be found via the usual online e-tailing suspects, and the full text is available in PDF through Scribd.com
  • FREN 215: French conversation / oral practice for non-native speakers
    at the traditional second-year university level (equivalent to CEFR B2 to C1 level)
    (in French)
    @ UBC Blogs
    (access restricted to UBC people, though not just students, anyone with a CWL)

MEDIEVAL FRENCH & MEDIEVAL LITERATURE & CULTURE

  • RMST 221: Romance Studies: Literatures and Cultures of the Romance World I: Medieval to Early Modern
    (taught in English with original languages included for comparison; texts read and worked on in original or English depending on student programme and degree requirements)
    @ UBC Blogs for the most recent incarnation of the course (“INTRIGUE”)
    ADVENTURES”
    MISCHIEF
    INTRIGUE”
  • MDVL 301: Medieval European Literature of the 5th to the 14th centuries
    (taught in English with original languages included for comparison; texts read and worked on in original or English depending on student programme and degree requirements)
    “THE LIBERAL ARTS” @ UBC Blogs
  • MDVL 302: Medieval European Literature of the 14th to the 16th centuries
    (taught in English with original languages included for comparison; texts read and worked on in original or English depending on student programme and degree requirements)
    “CRITICISM” @ UBC Blogs
    WordPress site (coming soon, once I have blocked access to all student information and input)
  • FREN 320: Advanced Studies in Literature from 1000 to 1700
    (in French)
    @ UBC Blogs

INCLUDES MEDIEVAL

  • FREN 333: French civilization I: A historically-based approach to French civilization and culture from their origins (the dawn of human time and the domestication of fire) to the Third Republic (1875)
    (in French)
    @ UBC Blogs
    WordPress site (coming soon, once I have blocked access to all student information and input)
  • FREN 221: Introduction to Modern Literature (from the 18th c. onwards) written in French and to Textual Analysis
    (in French)
    @ UBC Blogs
  • FREN 420L: Selected Topics in French Literature and Culture: “Éducations sentimentales: Perceptions masculines du féminin dans la littérature française des 18e et 19e siècles”
    (in French)
    @ UBC Blogs