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Courses - Spring 2015

Please note that all course offerings are subject to change. Changes in faculty availability and student enrollment can occasionally result in course cancellations.  

Click on a course name to see a course description and a sample syllabus from a past semester. (Current syllabi may differ.) For sample syllabi or academic questions, please email

A list of all courses offered at the Global Academic Centers, organized by department, can be found here.

Spring 2015 courses with days and times will be available in Albert, NYU's Student Information System the week of October 13, 2014. Directions on how to view Study Away courses in Albert, and other Registration FAQs can be found here.

Academic Requirements & Registration Guidelines

  • Students must register for 12-18 credits
  • All students must participate in Global Orientations. Students do not need to enroll for this course during registration.
  • Enrollment in a French Language course is required; select one that matches your skill level. See next drop-down on page for more information regarding language placement.
  • Language courses cannot be taken pass/fail
  • Attendance is expected and required; absences will negatively affect grades
  • Before you plan your personal travel, check your syllabi! Academic site visits and field trips are considered required class time.
  • Students in Program I are expected to take one language course and their "civilization" courses in English.
  • Students in Program II are expected to do all of their coursework in French. Permission to take one course in English may be granted to fulfill major, minor or degree requirements.
  • All students have the possibility of taking courses in English or French at the University of Paris (UP). More information on UP offerings and registration procedures will be provided at a mandatory UP academic orientation on site. Attendance at the session is required in order to enroll in UP courses. Regardless of your plans to take UP courses, all students should enroll in 12-18 credits at registration time.
  • More information about Registering for Study Away Courses and registration FAQ's is available here.
  • If you have trouble finding a course on Albert or encounter problems, email

All applicants to NYU Paris apply for either Program I or II.

  • Program I is intended for students with no French language experience through Conversation & Composition. Program I students take one language course, and complete other coursework in English. Motivated students at the Converstation & Composition level may request permission to take another non-language course taught in French.
  • Program II is open to students that have already completed Conversation & Composition (or equivalent--see below). Program II students are expected to complete all coursework in French. Permission to take one course in English may be granted to fulfill major, minor or degree requirements.
  • Enrollment in a French Language course is required for all students. At the elementary and intermediate level, NYU Paris only offers six credit intensive language courses at this time.
  • Language courses must be taken for a letter grade.
Students who have taken a French course at NYU, please register for the next level. For example:
  • Elementary I, Elementary II or Intensive Elementary: Intensive Intermediate
  • Intermediate I: Intermediate II/Conversation & Composition
  • Intermediate II or Intensive Intermediate: Conversation & Composition
  • Conversation & Composition: Spoken Contemporary or Written Contemporary French
  • Spoken Contemporary French: Written Contemporary French, Advanced Conversation, Business French, or Acting French
  • Written Contemporary French: Spoken Contemporary French, Advanced Composition, Business French, or Acting French
  • Advanced Conversation: Written Contemporary French, Advanced Composition, Business French, or Acting French.

Other students should refer to the NYU French Department's webpage here: (under the heading language placement) for information about placement based on Exams. Please note that students that have some experience in the language but do not have a AP/IB/SAT test score or prior university course work in the language must take the NYU's Online Placement Examination (password is nyulanguage) to determine placement.

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Required for all students

This program aims to explore the place that Paris – and more broadly France -- hold in the public imaginary, while examining the tensions and antagonisms that rightfully complicate that view. Through a series of conferences, site visits, and seminars, the course examines four key moments or themes as a means of apprehending the density of French cultural, social, and political life. Starting with French republicanism, past, present, and future, we consider how France, at once the preeminent site of experiments in democratic liberty, is also plagued by institutional entrenchments of class stratification and the dual specters of colonialism and post-colonialism. Turning to Paris, the “capital of modernity,” we reflect on its 19th century emergence as a locus of phantasmagoria, mystery, and seduction, and the emergent capitalist forces that were shaping the urban landscape. We consider the early 20th century avant-garde, among the most important and radical artistic and political movements of our time, that opened new spaces in which to imagine the very terms of “art” and “politics,” to finish with a consideration of France in the contemporary moment, wrestling with global transformations, the crisis of the welfare state, and a tension between the reproduction of elites and a political commitment to equality that increasingly troubles the country’s educational system, politics, and cultural life.

Interdisciplinary and “inter-textual” in scope, the program fuses expert lectures, textual analysis, and out of the classroom experience, to bring together the artistic, the literary, and the social scientific, against the backdrop of global transformation.

Courses open to Students in Program I & II

Courses open to students in Programs I & II including Music and Performance Arts courses and Internship Seminar and Fieldwork can be found here.

Program I - French Language, Society & Culture - English Track

Presentation and systematic practice of basic structures and vocabulary of oral French through dialogues, pattern drills, and exercises. Correct pronunciation, sound placement, and intonation are stressed. For students with little or no command of French. Completes the equivalent of one year's elementary course. Textbook: Alors? Conducted in French.

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Prerequisite: FREN-UA 10 or FREN-UA 1-2. Open to students who have completed the equivalent of a year's elementary level and to others on assignment by placement test. Completes the equivalent of a year's intermediate level in one semester.

A continuation of FREN-UA 10, this course is designed to provide students that have already studied one year of French (or the equivalent thereof) with the remainder of the fundamentals of the French language and to give those students that have mastered the basics of French vocabulary, culture, pronunciation, and grammar the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the French language and the cultures for which it is a vehicle. Conducted in French.


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This intensive course will allow you to complete your study of the basics of French language and French and Francophone cultures and move on to an advanced level of French language study by providing you with the chance to reinforce and systematize what you have already learned.  You will have the opportunity to develop your analytical skills in reading and listening as well as improve your written and spoken French.  Extensive work with a variety of authentic materials (literary excerpts, film, video clips, songs, newspaper articles, websites, etc.) and varied oral and written assessment tools (regular homework exercises, oral presentations, essays, regular quizzes, etc.) will provide you with the opportunity to enrich your vocabulary, develop your talents for expressing yourself in French in a sophisticated manner, and fine-tune your analytical skills. 

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Prerequisite: FREN-UA 11-12 or FREN-UA 20. Open to students who have completed the equivalent of a year's intermediate level and to others who have passed the proficiency examination but who wish to review their French in order to take advanced courses in language, literature, and civilization.

This course is designed to give those of you who have already begun to deepen your understanding of the French language and French and francophone cultures the opportunity to complete your fifth semester of French by mastering a fuller range of vocabulary, structures, pronunciation, and cultural information. This class will thus prepare you to tackle the classes at the advanced level and eventually to delve into more specialized literature and civilization courses. Conducted in French.

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Prerequisite: For Fine Arts Majors/ Minors, permission of Fine Arts Chair/Faculty required Open to all NYU-France students. For Fine Arts Major/Minor credit, students need to have taken ARTH-UA.0002 or ARTH-UA.0400 and permission from DUGS or chair.

Beginning with the grandeur of Paris during the Belle Epoque and the Exposition Universelle of 1900, and moving to the violence and tragedy of World Wars I and II, this course examines the French modernist art movements of the first part of the 20th century. After identifying the origins of modernism in the late 19th century with Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, we will consider the ways in which Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, and Primitivism redefined modernism for the 20th century. Working with Dada and Surrealist art works, we will evaluate the relationship between humor, critique, and cultural and political dissension in artistic production. Finally, we will examine the trans-Atlantic currents of Abstraction, looking at Abstract Expressionism, L’Art Informel, and the Nouveau Realistes. Throughout this exploration, we will interrogate how social history, shaped by politics, gender, and race, informed the construction of an artistic modernism in the 20th century. Conducted in English.

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The course presents the arts of France from the sixteenth century to the later eighteenth century, including painting, sculpture, architecture, prints, garden design, and the decorative arts. The works of important French artists working elsewhere will also be considered. Students will visit numerous sites in Paris, including the Louvre, the Musée des Invalides, the Musee Carnavalet, the Hotel de Soubise, and important churches, and study in addition many sites visiting distance from the capital, such as Chambord, Fontainebleau, Maisons-Lafitte, and Versailles. Painters discussed include the Clouet family, Georges de la Tour, Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Charles LeBrun, Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin, Antoine Watteau, Francois Boucher, and Jean-Honore Fragonard. Conducted in English.

Paris by the Seine stars in more Hollywood films than any other city. London on the Thames takes close runner-up position. But more than mythic, popular-culture stage sets, these two great European capitals operate as spectacular rival models in face of real-life, 21st-century dramas. Our course concentrates on a sequence of case studies targeting the evolving architecture and urban plan of Paris. We focus on current thematic debates crucial to its identity, survival and future—tradition contra innovation, continuity contra rupture, preservation contra demolition, obsolescence contra revitalization. We investigate controversies over the low- and high-density city; legislation on building heights, protection of skyline and riverbanks; the interface between historic and experimental building types; the balance between public and private space, residential and mixed-economy neighbourhoods, inner-city rehabilitation and suburban sprawl; intra- and extra-muros transportation systems (road, rail, river, air). As a foil and finale to our Paris studies, we conclude with a critical comparative analysis of contemporary London to illuminate fundamental differences between these two global cities: the rational French model largely tempered by state control against the exuberant English model predominantly driven by ultra-liberal policies. Will the third millennium ideal city emerge as a polymorphic combination of the two approaches? Conducted in English.

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This course examines the social, economic, and political role of cinema in Europe, with an emphasis on recent decades. It takes into consideration transformations in film as a narrative form and cultural product in the shift from national cinema traditions to global communications networks and media convergence. Films studied include popular, independent, and avant-garde films from a range of countries and cultures. The structures of production, distribution, and conservation are also considered through visits to exhibitions, archives and movie theatres. Conducted in English.

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Open to Global Liberal Studies students only.

Students come into close contact with the daily life of the site at which they are studying through a two-semester experiential learning sequence, which is designed to contextualize the site's culture and give students internship or internship-like experiences in the community. The fall Experiential Learning I course begins the immersion experience with a variety of community-based projects and an advanced introduction to the site's cultural and social identity. The spring Experiential Learning II includes a 2-credit on-site component that emphasizes internships (or the equivalent) and a 2-credit Junior Independent Research Seminar (for which students will register separately), in which students work online with a GLS faculty member and students with similar interests at different sites to craft an independent research project, an important preparation for the senior thesis. Conducted in English.

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NYU Art History students: This course counts for Art History Elective credit.

This course aims to understand and appreciate the creativity and dynamism of the Parisian art scene today through an exploration of contemporary art in the capital. The course will focus on the diversity of resources provided by the city, with special attention to new artistic practices and loci of production, as well as the multiple actors involved, from artists themselves to private galleries to art critics and museum curators. Reference to major avant-garde art movements of the past such as dada, geometrical abstraction, surrealism and expressionism will also be made in order to better situate today’s artistic concerns. Conducted in English.

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An introduction to classic texts of French political and social philosophy. Consideration of the historical influences upon and the historical impact of French thinkers. Through close readings and analysis of selected passages from primary sources (in English translation), and those few seminal non-French works that inspired new directions in French thought, we will explore the intellectual framework and historical references that inform French debates on politics and society to the present day. Philosophers to be considered include St. Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Montaigne, de la Fontaine, Descartes, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Napoleon Bonaparte, Saint-Simon, Prudhon, Marx, Jules Ferry, Zola, Fanon, Camus, and Sartre. Conducted in English.

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This course allows students to discover “Theater of the absurd”, a theoretical and practical approach to theater born of the complex historical, literary, and philosophical context of the Second World War. We will analyze the characteristics of this type of theater which continues to influence avant-garde themes and esthetics. Students will perform excerpts from selected works with a focus on the absurdity of situations, de-structuring language, and corporal expression. The approach of the course is intellectual, physical and creative. Theater outings and projections will be included.  The principal works studied include: Ubu Roi d’Alfred Jarry, La Cantatrice Chauved’Eugène Ionesco et Huis Clos de Jean-Paul Sartre.

Conducted in English.

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In this course we focus on four contemporary novels in which the world of the character, the narrator, or the author, is read through the lens of a literary classic. In each case, the reading and rewriting of the primary text involves temporal and spatial displacements (from the 18th to the 20th century, from Europe to the Caribbean and to the South Pacific) that generate shifting perspectives and a constant reshuffling of center and periphery. Between a reverential affiliation to the past and a creative misreading and rewriting of it, these intertextual encounters with « great » Western literary works insistently raise the questions of identity, originality, and “writing back”. Exploring these questions will therefore also involve drawing on comparative, translation, and postcolonial studies.

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Please note that this course can be counted toward the NYU Media, Culture, & Communication major. Should you choose to enroll in this course, please notify your MCC primary advisor. He or she will make sure this course is accurately reflected in your academic record.

Our course explores the dramatic evolution of French art across 200 tumultuous years, from its classical origins under Louis XIII and Louis XIV's Old Regime, through its transformations across the Enlightenment period, to its radical Neo-Classical revision during the French Revolution, and Romantic reconstruction at the demise of the Napoleonic era and Bourbon Restoration, ending with the 1830 Revolution. Through analysis of the reciprocity between artists and the political-cultural institutions of Paris, we examine the ways by which art ―painting, architecture, popular prints, caricatures―operates as a potent discursive programme within French society. Its role as a dense symbolic language of communication and persuasion, and/or as a critique of social and moral values dominates our investigation. It also serves as a model to investigate the role of contemporary electronic and print media and their influence on our perceptions of society and the representation of power in the global world. Conducted in English.

In this course, we will explore the ways in which Paris plays a role in the representation of the subject. Through the study of novels and autobiographies by Breton, Hemingway, Stein, Duras, Modiano, de Beauvoir, and Baldwin, we will ask, what is the role of place in the imagining or invention of the self? How does the experience of a specific city, Paris, influence the formation of identity? How do these authors represent, or subvert, the notion of the ‘real’? Although the focus of this course is literary, we will also engage with major political, cultural, and artistic movements of the period, exploring the ways in which our writers negotiate history through their writings. Conducted in English.

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Lift your eyes as you walk down any street in Paris and you'll soon see a building adorned with the tricolore and the words Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. Turn a corner and in the distance you'll see the Arc de Triomphe built to the glory of Napoleon's army or the Eiffel tower erected for the centennial of the fall of the Bastille. Even the metro stops, Concorde, Nation, République, Austerlitz, Iéna, echo with the memory of the years of the French Revolution and the First Empire.

But what historic reality does all this evoke? What led some French people to overthrow their age old Monarchy, turn their backs on the Church and launch into a new era of Republican government? What caused others to resist such changes with all their might? And why did the experiment end within 10 years, giving way to military dictatorship and an Empire which spread French rule across Europe. This semester we shall explore these issues and others pertaining to the Age of the French Revolution & Napoleon through lectures, readings, discussions and site visits in and around the city of Paris. Conducted in English.

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Registration priority for Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) courses offered at NYU Paris will be given to NYU MCC majors. Other students will be able to register as space remains available. Please pay close attention to course notes displayed in Albert.

This course examines fashion both from its diffusion in a globalized society, and as a form of communication and culture. We will examine how fashion has been valued through social sciences – history and sociology on the one hand, and economy on the other hand, from its production to its consumption. The course will address fashion in terms of issues of consumerism and sustainability in a post industrialized society. Conducted in English.

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Registration priority for Media, Culture, and Communication (MCC) courses offered at NYU Paris will be given to NYU MCC majors. Other students will be able to register as space remains available. Please pay close attention to course notes displayed in Albert.

This course introduces students to the basic structures and practices of media in Europe and their relationship to everyday social life. It pays special attention to the common models and idioms of media in Europe, with an emphasis on national and regional variations. Specific case studies highlight current trends in the production, distribution, consumption, and regulation of media. Topics may include: national or regional idioms in a range of media genres, from entertainment, to advertising and publicity, to news and information; legal norms regarding content and freedom of expression; pirate and independent media; and innovations and emerging practices in digital media. Conducted in English.

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An exploration of the historical and on-going contact between France and the Muslim world, including, most notably, the important Muslim population living in France today. The course examines the historical links between France and its colonial possessions in North and West Africa and the Middle East, the place of Islamic religious practice in a traditionally Catholic, and officially secular, France, and the frictions generated by newly politicized forms of Islam. Also considered is the ‘crisis’ of the banlieue, or French suburbs, and the cultural, generational, and religious tensions in evidence there. Conducted in English.

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Provides an overview of important developments in French philosophy from the 16th century to the 1940s and 1950s. Beginning with the epistemological and metaphysical debates that followed the rediscovery of Ancient philosophy and the Copernican revolution in the sciences, we will consider Montaigne’s skepticism, Descartes’ attempts at securing our knowledge of the soul, God, and the external world, and Condillac’s empiricist critique of Descartes’ theory of knowledge. We will then focus on major developments in French political philosophy in the 18th and 19th centuries, closely intertwined with political events in France at the time, including such figures as Rousseau, Proudhon, and Tocqueville. Finally, we will look at two of the major movements in French philosophy in the first half of the 20th century: Henri Bergson’s attempts to understand the temporal duration conscious beings inhabit, and Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir’s distinctive development of existentialism, a philosophy that grapples with the radical consequences of human freedom. Conducted in English.

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It would be a misnomer to assume that technology is something we “use.” Rather, the human appears as embedded in a matrix of the socio-techno-material. In this sense, there is something quite non-technical about technology which has an intrinsically social nature and can take the form of bodily and socializing techniques, the canalization of creative powers, becomings of all sorts, and of course the mechanical and material manipulation of ourselves and our life-worlds. We must thus speak of a biological and technical habitus of dependency and over-coming, one constituted by everything from creating art, to language, to ideological persuasion, to human enhancement and post-humanism, and various forms of convergence. What is the relationship between these various techniques and technologies and their respective effects (ethical, cultural, aesthetic) on the category of the human? Social transformation and technology cannot be theorized in isolation. The technological, mediological, and digital have to be unearthed as constitutive of our shared “material culture” and milieu. Within such a milieu, which is both internal and external to actors and agents implicated within it, the “essence” of the human is not only potentially redefined, but indeed dissolved. In such a potential redefinition and dissolution, one finds a radically new ethical and political threshold that has yet to be adequately theorized. This course attempts to reveal this threshold through developing a critical heuristic which maps the topoi of the socio-eco-techno system. Drawing on mediology, ethics, and the French school of the anthropology of techniques, we explore such topoi in terms as both “deep” historical sediment and also futurology with a view to illuminating how our values are negotiated and transformed in our rapport with the technological. Conducted in English.

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Prior introduction to logic or linguistics is welcome, but not mandatory.

Examines various philosophical and psychological approaches to language and meaning, as well as their consequences for traditional philosophical problems in metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. Discusses primarily 20th-century authors, including Russell, Wittgenstein, and Quine.

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Program II - French Language, Society & Culture - French Track

 Prerequisite: FREN-UA 30, or assignment by placement test, or approval of the director.

Assumes a mastery of the fundamental structures of French. May be taken concurrently with FREN-UA9105. Helps the student to develop vocabulary, to improve pronunciation, and to learn new idiomatic expressions. Introduction to corrective phonetics and emphasis on understanding contemporary French through a study of authentic documents; radio and television interviews, advertisements, spontaneous oral productions, etc. Conducted in French.

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 Prerequisite: FREN-UA 30, assignment by placement test, or approval of the director.

This course is designed to help students to develop their vocabulary, further their mastery of grammar, and improve their ability to write informally and, more importantly, formally in French. There will be an emphasis on the understanding and production of sophisticated written French through a study of authentic documents such as newspaper articles and excerpts of longer works. There will also be considerable work on learning how best to proofread, edit, and rewrite written work. Conducted in French.

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Prerequisite: FREN-UA 101, or assignment by placement test.

For students with relative fluency in French who wish to further strengthen their pronunciation and command of spoken French. Develops the skills presented in FREN-UA 9101 through an in-depth study of French phonetics (corrective and theoretical), and analysis of the modes of oral discourse in French. Emphasis is on understanding spoken French (modes of argument, persuasion, emotion, etc.) through analysis of authentic documents and development of student discourse in French. Conducted in French.

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Prerequisite: FREN-UA 105 or assignment by placement test.


Aims to refine students' understanding of and ability to manipulate written French. Students practice summarizing and expanding articles from French magazines and papers and learn how to organize reports and reviews in French. Focuses on the distinction between spoken and written styles and the problem of contrastive grammar. Emphasis on accuracy and fluency of usage in the written language. Conducted in French.

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Prerequisite: FREN-UA 30 or assignment by placement test.

Use of drama and theatre techniques to help students overcome inhibitions in their oral use of language. Exercises and activities are designed to improve pronunciation, intonation, expression, and body language. Students work in collaboration with the professor, trained in the experimental methods of the French director Jacques Lecocq. This semester's focus will be to analyze and reenact excerpts from Molière’s plays.  Conducted in French.

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Prerequisite: FREN-UA 30, FREN-UA 105, or permission of the instructor.

Designed for students who wish to become familiar with the specialized language used in French business. Emphasis is on oral and written communication and the acquisition of a business and commercial vocabulary dealing with the varied activities of a commercial firm: advertising, transportation, banking, etc. Group work in simulated business situations and exposure to "authentic" spoken materials are stressed. Qualified students have the option of taking the Exam of the Chamber of French Commerce at the end of the course. Conducted in French.

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This workshop is both an active language and literature course, destined to introduce French poetry to students. In this course we will read poetry out loud in order to show how poetry is founded on rhythm and the repetition of phonetic and syntactic elements. This pragmatic approach will not only allow students to improve their pronunciation, but also to understand the poetic genre, the quality of poets’ language, their interest in etymology, metaphor, imagery, etc. Close readings, paraphrase and translations will allow students to considerably improve their mastery of the French language so that they in turn will be able to produce poetry of their own. This course will help them to integrate the phonic, rhythmic and musical dimensions of poetry, as well as learn about its various uses, from the intimate to historical testimonies. Conducted in French.

Given in the form of a workshop, this course allows students to improve their written expression through the study and practice of a variety of literary registers, mostly drawn from contemporary literature. The workshop associates literary creation and French language instruction with the firm belief that creative writing in French is possible for students at all levels. Its primary objective is the reinforcement of students’ written competencies in French, accomplished through intensive writing sessions with the common theme of Paris. Students are invited to appropriate Paris through various writing activities, inspired by writers such as Baudelaire, Perec, or Modiano, designed to help students capture the city through its movements, its images, and its different facets. The regular practice of creative writing as well as systematic re-writing of all work will allow students to reinforce grammatical structures while expanding vocabulary. Conducted in French.

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NYU Art History Students: This course counts for Art History elective credit.


This course studies the rise of modern and contemporary art in Europe in relation to its cultural, historical and social contexts. The works of Matisse, Picasso, Duchamp, Dali, Miro and Magritte, among others, are considered. The course includes both class lectures with slides and museum visits. Conducted in French.



NYU Art History students: This course counts for Art History elective credit.

Paris of the 19th and early 20th centuries developed into a major urban center, in part because of the promise of liberty that drew people there following the upheavals of the Revolution. The urban renewal that occurred under the Second Empire in the mid-19th century in particular transformed the capital into a modern city of innovation and spectacle. While the official arts reflected the tastes and priorities of successive governments and the emergent bourgeoisie, it was the avant-garde that most marked the city as a site of resistance and daring. In this course we study these different art movements as they relate to the city of Paris, studying the sites, movements, and transformations that helped shape the modern arts. Conducted in French.

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We begin with a definition of the term "democracy" as developed by the Athenian City-State in the 5th century before Christ, before moving on to discuss its reappraisal by such theoreticians of the 17th century as Locke, or of the Enlightenment, such as Montesquieu and Rousseau. Their versions, indeed, serve as the basis for the French Revolution of 1789. A long and difficult process, democracy needed nearly a century before establishing itself in France. Drawing on numerous examples from 19th and 20th century history, we will try to understand why the great contributions of democracy, such as universal suffrage and the concept of individual liberty, were so difficult to put into operation. We will also consider why these "givens" are still fragile. Conducted in French.

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In this course students read masterpieces of French literature from the French Revolution to the end of the twentieth century. Works are considered from various historical, aesthetic and theoretical perspectives. Texts include:Le Père Goriot (Balzac); Madame Bovary (Flaubert); Les Faux-Monnayeurs (Gide); La Nausée (Sartre); Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein (Duras), and Du côté de chez Swan I (Proust), which will be the subject of a final essay. Conducted in French.

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The course considers the concept of “French civilization” in both its mythical and real aspects. The first half of the course focuses on the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of France in the modern period, from roughly 1870 to the 1980. The second half of the course looks more closely at the contemporary period, focusing on the various ‘crises’ and transitions that have marked France during the past 20 years. Topics include the challenges of the post-colonial period (immigration, la francophonie, questions of identity), France in and of the European Union, France and globalization, and social issues in current events (the status of women, la banlieue, social exclusion). Conducted in French.

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Through a multidisciplinary approach, the course will address the different political, economic, historical and sociological issues raised by the current situation in the Arab world in order to determine the French and American answers especially in the context of the Arab spring and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The course will offer insights and analyses on the different roles which are played by France and the United States on the issues of youth, women, and Modern Islam in the Arab World and on how their soft power is perceived by the Arab countries and their populations. By addressing the foreign policies that have been articulated in the region, we will also bring into light the dichotomy between the “old” and the “new” diplomacy.

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This course explores the main expressions of existential thought in the works of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus, as well as absurdist literature from the 1950s. In particular, we consider the French existentialists’ concern for commitment in political and social affairs, and how this is reflected in “theatre of the absurd,” in fiction, and in critical work of other contemporary French writers. Covers Ionesco, Beckett, Genet, Robbe-Grillet, and Barthes; precursors of the absurd such as Kafka and Céline; some consideration may be given in addition to practitioners of the absurd outside of France. Conducted in French.

Since the 17th century Paris has been as a city of and for the theatre, from the great sites and
events that have marked theatre history, to the spectacle and fantasy that the city imparts.
In this course, we study the great works of French theatre, from the classics to the very
contemporary, through readings, performances, and visits in and around Paris to the lieux
de mémoire of the theatre world. Through the study of works by Corneille, Molière, Hugo,
Feydeau, Ionesco, Beckett, Sartre, and others, we consider how Paris has been integral to and
shaped by the world of French theatre. Visits include such prestigious venues as the Comédie
Française, the grands boulevards where Parisians discovered Shakespeare in the age of Sarah
Bernhardt, the remains of the Théâtre du Marais where Corneille performed his plays, or
Versailles where Molière helped lead the grand spectacle that was life under Louis XIV.
Conducted in French.

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An analysis of North and French West African cinema. In this course, we consider the aesthetic and political choices faced by African filmmakers working in the post-Independence period. Questions concerning tradition and modernity, the search for a collective and/or national identity, emigration, exile and return, history and memory, will frame our approach. Conducted in French.

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An introduction to the problems of gender as they have been expressed in France. Beginning with an historical overview, we consider the category of ‘woman’ as it was defined from the Revolution to the founding of French feminism at the end of the 19th century. The second part of the course is devoted to an exploration of gender as a political issue during the past 20 years, through consideration of such topics as parité, prostitution, colonialism, post-colonialism, and queer studies. Conducted in French.

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 Art History students: This course counts for Art History elective credit.

In this course we explore the contemporary arts in France in their historic and social context. Beginning with current trends, we attempt to situate what’s new within a longer tradition of artistic production. Themes studied include the nature of the object, the monochrome, the body, the idea of nature, personal mythologies, the importance of light. The course includes visits to contemporary galleries and museums. Conducted in French. 

Through a conception of the city as a microcosm of society, this course will initiate students to international urban comparative methods. Focusing on the cities of Paris and New York, it will compare how, over time, one constructs one’s own imaginary through literature, cinema, architecture and urban policies, the press, art and experience and how different it may be from facts and data brought by experts on cities .Who speaks for the city and how ? What representations emerge ?

As major metropolises, Paris and New York are deeply engaged in processes of globalization, in both “hard” and “soft” versions. Each city has to stay competitive, to accumulate wealth, to retain its inhabitants as well as to attract tourists, business professionals, students, and immigrants. Each metropolis dreams of one day becoming a “green” city. Each is also familiar with failure, needs to wrestle with problems of inequalities and discriminations. Social disorders associated with these cities come both from external forces (terrorism) and internal problems, largely urban violence in marginalized neighborhoods. The media propagate these fears by playing up urban anxieties. Danger exists in these cities, amplified by rumor and fantasy.

In this course we study these phenomena through the analysis of ethnographers, writers, film makers, historians, journalists, architects, street artists, politicians and urban planners and scholars. We examine the views of the elites, and of “invisible” residents, analyze the actions of politicians, administrations, civic organizations, and read their statements. The testimonies of immigrants/minorities and their children provide another comparative terrain with issues relating to race, discriminations and violence. Finally, the course studies changes in each city’s image over time, and question how various representations of the city have been constructed by actors in the cities themselves. For each approach, we alternate the study of Paris with the study of New York and discuss how the two cities compare. Conducted in French.

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Courses open to Students in Program I & II

Open to students in both Programs I & II

This workshop allows students the opportunity to sing their way to a discovery of French language and culture. Students expand their vocabulary and improve their pronunciation through performance while learning about the history and context of this popular art form. The workshop culminates in a performance at the end of the semester. Conducted in French.

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Open to students in both Programs I & II

In this workshop students have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of phonetics and improve their pronunciation and comprehension of spoken French. Through listening exercises, poetry, and role-plays, students will work on articulation, rhythm and intonation. Conducted in French.

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Open to students in both Program I & II

Students may work in a variety of realms such as drawing, painting, photography and/or folding. During the course the students will have the opportunity of creating alongside the professor in her art studio.
Students wishing to carry out a personal creative project are most welcome to develop it during the art classes. However, students choosing this must imperatively have proof prior to beginning art classes.
The course includes visits to museum to explore the wide range of subjects and materials available to contemporary artists, and concludes with the exhibition/ theatre performance in a prestigious Parisian venue at the end of the semester. Conducted in English.

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Enrollment by permission only. Application required. 

This 4 credit course includes a weekly seminar and two full days and one half day (Monday-Friday) for their internship.  Internship placements are made by EUSA, an organization partnering with NYU.

The seminar portion of the course explores many different aspects of your internship site. The goal is to finish the semester with an in-depth understanding of the company or organization, including its approach, its policies, and the context in which it operates. We will also discuss more generally the state of the contemporary workplace and ourselves as workers. Finally, you will use the seminar to reflect critically and analytically on the internship experience and as a way to refine your own personal and professional goals.

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Music and Performance Arts

Courses open to All Students that meet listed pre-requisites

Prerequisite: MPATC-UE 35 Music Theory I. Corequisite: MPATC-UE9007 Aural Comp in Music II

Further projects in diatonic tonality and an introduction to simple forms.

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Prerequisite: Music Theory III, or success in placement exam

Introduction to the materials and organizing principles of 20th-century music, including extended chromaticism, modes, atonality, and jazz. 

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Prerequisite: MPATC-UE 1077, Music History III, or success in placement exam

Evolution of contemporary compositional techniques traced from impressionism to the latest avant-garde experiments. 

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Prerequisite: MPATC-UE 6 Aural Comprehension in Music I. Corequisite: MPATC-UE 9036 Music Theory II.

Continued training in elementary musicianship skills.

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Prerequisite: MPATC-UE 8, Aural Comprehension III, or success in placement exam

Continued training in intermediate musicianship skills. 

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Prerequisite: Keyboard Skills I, or success in placement exam

Development of functional keyboard skills for music majors. Emphasized skills: technique, score reading, melodic harmonization, transposition, popular chord reading, & harmonization. 

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Prerequisite: Keyboard Skills III, or success in placement exam

Development of functional keyboard skills for music majors. Emphasized skills: technique, score reading, melodic harmonization, transposition, popular chord reading, & harmonization.

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Courses open to Steinhardt Music Majors only

This course focuses on three important areas in music technology: spatialization, computer aided composition, analysis & synthesis techniques. In each area, concepts & implementations will be explored in a variety of artistic & technological contexts. Students will work with the latest technologies including IRCAM Tools, Spat plugin, Max Bach library, Ambisonics, & Wave Field Synthesis. The course includes a 3-hour weekly lecture, 3-hour studio lab, & workshops at IRCAM. This course is taught in collaboration with IRCAM in Paris, one of the world leading institutions in computer music and acoustics. 

Direct Enrollment at French Partner Universities

NYUParis students may enroll in one or more courses offered at the University of Paris schools with which we have partner agreements (University of Paris I, III, VII, X), and at specialized schools (Institut d’Études Politiques, otherwise known as Sciences Po).

Courses available in English are offered within the Departments of Anglo-American Studies and examine various aspects of culture and civilization of the English-speaking world. 

Courses offered in French are selected from the following departments: French and Comparative Literature, History, Art History, Sociology, Studio Art, Cinema, Political Science. Students must either have taken or be currently enrolled in Written Contemporary French to take a course in French at the University of Paris. In addition, students complement their coursework in individualized tutorial sessions with a tutor at NYUParis.

Students may only take courses at the University in which they are administratively enrolled (with the exception of Sciences Po - see below). You will be asked to choose which university you prefer when filling out your visa questionnaire from the Office of Global Services.

Course offerings and schedules at the University of Paris are confirmed later than the in-house courses at NYUParis. Direct enrollment at the University of Paris is therefore handled after students’ arrival in Paris. Further instructions, course offerings and schedules will be communicated during the orientation period in Paris.

Please read the information about each university’s specialty areas below, keeping in mind that you will only be able to take courses at the university for which you are administratively enrolled (see above). Past course offerings are listed here for reference only. Please keep in mind that finalized course lists and times will not be available until your arrival in Paris.

Courses in English at the University of Paris VII-Denis Diderot

A selection of past course offerings, for reference only:

• Urban Histories of the Atlantic Empires: Paris, London, New York, 1750-1900
• Urban Spaces / Cities of Modernity
• High and Low Culture
• History of the United States from the 1930s to the New Century
• The United Kingdom from 1901 to 1945
• American Liberties: Foundations and Contemporary Debates
• Immigration in America
• The Discontented Self in Literature
• Classic Texts of American Literature
• 20th Century Irish Literature & Drama

Courses in French at the Universities of Paris I, III, VII

Pre-requisite: “Written contemporary French” must be completed or in progress in Paris in order for students to take courses in French at the University of Paris.

All courses in French

Art History:
A selection of past course offerings, for reference only:
• 19th century art
• 20th century art
• Contemporary Architecture
• Medieval Art
• Art & Archeology in Roman Italy
• Islamic Art and Archeology

A selection of past course offering, for reference only:
• Ancient History: Greece and Rome
• European History from the 15th to 19th Century
• Economic History from Antiquity to present-day
• War and society
• History of the Arab world
• History of Jewish Societies

Studio art:
A selection of past course offerings, for reference only:
• Pictorial Creation
• Contemporary Drawing
• Creation of Space and Volume
• Multimedia Studio Art

Alll courses in French

French and Comparative Literature and Linguistics
A selection of past courses offerings, for reference only:
• Spoken communication and phonetics
• French to English, English to French Translation
• 19th century poetry and fairy tales
• The Return of the Tragic in 17th & 20th Century Literature

Cinema and Audio-Visual department
A selection of past course offerings, for reference only:
• Film Analysis
• History of Classic Cinema
• The Classical Aspect of Hollywood Cinema
• New American comedies from 1990-2000

All courses in French

French and Comparative Literature
A selection of past course offerings, for reference only:
• Ronsard
• Peregrinations of Eros
• Molière
• Short Stories and the Boundary
• European Baroque Theater

A selection of past course offerings, for reference only:
• Women and Institutions
• Introduction to Anthropology
• Gender and socialization
• Migrations and globalization

A selection of past course offerings, for reference only:
• 19th Century European History
• Introduction to Ancient Greek History
• Medieval history of the West from the 8th-12th century
• Cultural and political history of early modern Europe

A selection of past course offerings, for reference only:
• French Cinema from its origin to the 1950s
• Cinematographic art forms and the modernity of film
• Hollywood Cinema, 1970-2010


Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)

Interested in taking a class at Sciences Po?   

Prerequisite: Written Contemporary French or permission of the NYU Paris staff.

NYU Paris students with advanced French language skills may attend one to two lecture courses in French at the prestigious Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, more commonly known as Sciences Po. Students wishing to enroll at Sciences Po in Fall 2015 must first submit the following application form to NYU Paris by April 10th, 2015 indicating their year, major, French level (current or most recently completed French language course), and GPA. We will provide deadlines for future semesters at a later date.  Students will also be asked to send a short personal statement (1-2 paragraphs) stating their motivations for studying at Sciences Po as part of their application. Upon successful review of their applications, students will be invited to apply to Sciences Po in late April or early May. Application materials for Sciences Po include a transcript, CV, and statement of purpose. Please note that NYU Paris students are not necessarily guaranteed a spot at Sciences Po, so it is in students' best interest to submit a strong application.

Once students are admitted to Sciences Po, they will be able to select their courses over the summer using the Sciences Po online student portal. NYU Paris strongly encourages students admitted to Sciences Po to take only courses in French, and to take no more than 2 courses during the semester (subject to approval). It is expected that most students will take only one course per semester at Sciences Po. In exceptional cases, students may take a course in English upon approval by NYU Paris. A selection of past lecture course offerings is listed below for reference.

Please note: students wishing to attend a course at Sciences Po should enroll administratively at the University of Paris (University of Paris I, III, or VII), but will need to apply separately to Sciences Po in order to take a course at Sciences Po.

All courses in French

• Histoire de la pensée économique- Les fondations, de l'antiquité à la fin du XIXe
• Histoire des relations internationales, 1870-2010
• Théories des relations internationales
• Enjeux fondamentaux de politique comparée
• Une histoire politique de l’Europe au XXe siècle
• Introduction à l’histoire économique contemporaine
• Histoire des courants politiques
• La culture des Européens (milieu XIXe- années 2000). 12 trajets d'histoire culturelle contemporaine

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Upcoming Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Priority: February 15

Regular: March 15

Applications received after March 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Admission will be granted only when space is available and time allows for required travel documents to be attained.

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