An introduction to contemporary French culture and an overview of the Francophone world. Topics relating to French institutions and cultural identity are analyzed and discussed. These may include political, economic, and educational institutions and values as well as media, the workplace, and family life. Readings, films, and television news programs are chosen to increase understanding of French and Francophone societies today. Assignments include oral presentations, papers, and written and oral exams. Recommended for students planning to study in France. One additional oral practice session per week and attendance at French Table are required. Prerequisite: FRNCH*215 or permission of the instructor. Distribution Requirements: CL, IP.