French (FREN) 305

La littérature jeunesse (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: FREN 362 or equivalent.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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French 305 will provide an historical overview of the development of children’s literature in French and allow students to explore the various genres. The units of the course will focus on specific problems such as the role of the narrator, the relationship between narrator and reader, the relationship between the text and the illustrations, the evolution of the “hero” and how childhood has been perceived over the years. The course aims to develop skills in literary analysis, written and oral expression in French and also to increase awareness of the complexity and diversity of children’s literature.


  • Unit 1: La littérature jeunesse : définitions
  • Unit 2: L’évolution de la littérature jeunesse. Le conte de fées.
  • Unit 3: La diversité des genres : le conte réinventé, le polar.
  • Unit 4: La diversification. Le roman socioréaliste.
  • Unit 5: L’analyse du récit.
  • Unit 6: L’album et la bande dessinée.
  • Unit 7: La relation texte/image.
  • Unit 8: L’adaptation filmique d’un texte.
  • Unit 9: Le héros.
  • Unit 10: L’évolution du concept de l’enfance.
  • Unit 11: La relation entre le personnage et le lecteur.
  • Unit 12: Le roman pour adolescents.


To receive credit for FREN 305, you must complete all written and oral assignments, achieve a minimum grade of 50 percent on the written examination and you must achieve a minimum composite course grade of D (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
5 Written Assignments (5 x 4%) 20%
2 Oral Presentations(2 x 10%) 20%
2 Essays(2 x 10%) 20%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Achdé et Gerra d’après Morris. Lucky Luke La Belle Province. Palaiseau, France: Lucky Comics, 2007.

Anfousse, Ginette. Un terrible secret. Montréal : Les éditions de la courte échelle, 2005.

Carrier, Roch. Le Chandail de hockey. Montréal: Éditions Livres Toundra, 1997.

Chabin Laurent. La Valise du mort. Montréal : Éditions Hurtubise HMH ltée, 2001.

La comtesse de Ségur. Les malheurs de Sophie. Paris : Gallimard jeunesse, 2008.

Demers, Dominique. Du Petit Poucet au Dernier des raisins. Boucherville: Éditions Québec/Amérique Jeunesse, 1994. (PDF)

Dubé, Jasmine. Grattelle au bois mordant. Montréal: Les éditions de la courte échelle, 1998. (PDF)

Hergé. Tintin en Amérique. Paris: Casterman, 1999.

Leblanc, Louise. Sophie. Volume 1. Montréal : Les éditions de la courte échelle, 2009.

Perrault, Charles. Contes de ma mère l’Oye. Paris: Gallimard, 2003.

Plante, Raymond. Le Dernier des raisins. Montréal: Éditions Boréal., 1991.

Solotareff, Grégoire. Mon petit lapin est amoureux. Paris: Éditions L’école des loisirs, 1989. (PDF)


Claude Cloutier. Isabelle au bois dormant (YouTube Video)

Les frères Grimm. Hansel et Gretel.

Madame Leprince de Beaumont. La Belle et la Bête.

Carrier, Roch. Le Chandail. Office National du Film

Other Materials

All other course materials will be accessed online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information about the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the FREN 305 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the written examination. You must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the oral presentation (10-minute presentation on-line).

Activity Weighting
Oral presentation 25%
Exam 75%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, March 31, 2010.

Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services