Undergraduate Academic Programs / Departments / Courses
Co-ordinator: Carlo Lavoie (Modern Languages)
The Minor in Acadian Studies aims to provide a better understanding of the place and importance of the French language and the Acadian community on Prince Edward Island and in Maritime Canada. The program consists of an immersion in general cultural subject areas and of an analysis of specific literary and cultural topics. The study of Acadian culture may pave the way to graduate school and/or education programs or simply be complement to one’s University study. On the one hand, UPEI’s Minor in Acadian Studies offers students the opportunity to develop both their analytical and the practical skills in French and will provide its students with the foundational skills with which they can pursue their interest in the practice of French. On the other hand, the Minor in Acadian Studies aims to link in a common thematic different courses offered in English which propose a reflection on the Acadian as part of a cultural and linguistic minority.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN ACADIAN STUDIES
A Minor in Acadian Studies consists of twenty-one (21) semester hours of credit taken from the list of approved courses. The language requirements are French 2410 and French 2420 (both courses could be counted in the Minor in Acadian Studies if they are not counted for the Major in French). Acadian Studies 2010 plus three courses among Acadian Studies 4910/4920, Special Topics 2090, 3090, and 4090, and French 4430/4440, are compulsory for the Minor. Prospective students should note, however, that Acadian Studies 4910 and 4920 require students to make a significant contribution to the study of Acadie which will be approved by the Instructor. One of these four courses will, typically, be only offered in the Winter Term of the academic year. In addition, students must select three elective courses. Students using any of the approved courses to complete the Minor in Acadian Studies may not use them to complete a Major or another Minor.
REQUIREMENTS IN FRENCH
ACADIAN STUDIES CORE COURSES
2010 INTRODUCTION TO ACADIAN STUDIES
This course is designed to provide an opportunity to examine the development of Acadian culture through the oral tradition, songs and folk tales. The themes of colonialism, regionalism, folklore and oral traditions will provide the basis for this examination. The object of the course is to develop an awareness of the complex patterns of development in Acadian culture from the French period to the present. The course will consist of seminars and lectures conducted in French.
PREREQUISITES: French 2410 and French 2420 or the permission of the Coordinator of Acadian Studies.
Three hours a week
2090 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Acadian Studies at the 2000 level.
3090 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Acadian Studies at the 3000 level.
4090 SPECIAL TOPICS
Creation of a course code for special topics offered by Acadian Studies at the 4000 level.
4430 CULTURE ET LITTÉRATURE ACADIENNES I
(See French 4430)
4440 CULTURE ET LITTÉRATURE ACADIENNES II
(See French 4440)
4910/4920 DIRECTED STUDIES (See Academic Regulation 9 for Regulations Governing Directed Studies)
The purpose of the course is to provide an opportunity for intensive interdisciplinary research in an area to be determined by the student and the coordinator of the program. Readings and research on the course will be supervised and the student is expected to present the results of the research in the form of an extended essay. This is a tutorial and seminar course.
PREREQUISITE: Acadian Studies 2010 or the permission of the Coordinator of Acadian Studies
Three hours a week
Note: Students who are enrolled in the Major in French and the Minor in Acadian Studies can take at least two electives outside the Department of Modern Languages.
3010/3020 The Canadian Experience
2130 Introduction à l’éducation en français au Canada
3310 The Literature of Atlantic Canada
2310/2320 The Atlantic Region
4240 History of Canadian Nationalism and the Canadian Identity
MODERN LANGUAGES (French)
2520 Le français des affaires
3390 Théâtre canadien-français
SOCIOLOGY & ANTHROPOLOGY
3120 Rural Society in Canada
4310 Minority/Ethnic Groups and Canadian Multiculturalism
DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES
3110 Identity and Popular Culture
With the approval of the Coordinator, the Dean of Arts, and the relevant Department, a student may credit three hours of Directed Studies in any subject linked to Acadian Studies towards the Minor.