Spring 2014


FRE 250  Quebec Culture and Society

INSTRUCTOR:  David Graham

OFFICE – 5th fl. 520

PHONE: 563-1779

E-mail: or

OFFICE HOURS: Mon. and Wed. 9:00-10:00 A.M. and others by appointment

Credit hours:  3


-Completion of ENG 093 or ENG 100, or placement into College level reading;

-Placement into ENG 101

-Does not require knowledge of French;


Catalog Description: 


The course offers an in-depth study of the Québec people, their land, their history, their traditions, and their culture, and examines its relationship and influence upon the cultural heritage of northern New York. Students will examine these topics in a seminar format with an interdisciplinary approach, utilizing a variety of resources, including selected literature excerpts, newspaper articles, films, music, Internet sites, television broadcasts, and an optional field trip to Quebec. This course is taught in English and does not require knowledge of French.


Course goals:


  1. Students will gain a deeper understanding of and an appreciation for the past and present day culture of Quebec.
  2. Students will recognize the relationship between Quebec culture and society and the cultural heritage of Northern New York.
  3. Students will experience an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Quebec.
  4. Students will be encouraged to pursue further studies on the culture and society of Quebec.

Course objectives:


Upon completion of this course, each student will:

1.     demonstrate an understanding of the historical, economic, linguistic, ethnic, geographical, and political influences on Quebec culture and society,

2.     identify and discuss the factors that shape the Quebec cultural experience, behavior, thought, and expression in its culture and society.

3.     identify evidence of the French-Canadian heritage of Northern New York,

4.     identify and describe cultural commonalities regarding contemporary concerns shared by both Northern New York and Quebec (such as cultural,     environmental, border security, health care, economic, and cross border trade issues), and

5.     utilize composition and research skills in essays to produce clear, unified, coherent, mechanically correct, and documented writing.


Required Text:  McCully Sharon & Keith Heather, Quebec: Bonjour, eh? An Introduction to La Belle Province for Tourists, Students and Newcomers (5th edition). Montreal: Price Paterson, 2005.




Written reaction papers

Each week students will submit a one page summary of the topic examined that week. 20% of the final grade.


Two exams - after week four and week thirteen.

Each exam will count for 10% of the final grade: a total of 20% of the final grade.


One research paper/term paper

8 pages maximum. Paper is due on the 13th week of class.

Students will choose a specific topic in consultation with the professor: 20% of the final grade.


Final exam

A number of questions taken from all of the subject matter touched upon during the semester:

20% of the final grade.


Students’ grades in the course will be determined as follows:

                class discussion/participation                            20%

                written reaction papers                                       20%

two exams                                                         20%

                term paper                                                        20%

                final exam                                                         20%                 


Quality Points. Percentage

A……..4.0         92-100%

A-…….3.7         89-91

B+……3.3         86-88

B……..3.0         82-85

B-…….2.7         79-81

C+……2.3         76-78

C……..2.0         72-75

C-…….1.7         69-71

D+……1.3         66-68

D……..1.0         62-65

F ……..0           61 and below   



Attending class everyday is required.  Arriving late three times equals one absence.   Students who leave class unannounced or during a break will be marked absent for the day.  Missing 15% (5) or more of classes will result in an F or YW grade. The only exception to this is being called for jury duty, and written documentation.  Remember: It is student’s responsibility to ask a classmate or the instructor for any schedule changes, handouts, and assignments after an absence. It is also student’s responsibility to formally withdraw from a class no longer attended. 




Plagiarism is a serious issue and will be addressed in all cases.  Please note the Clinton Community College policy on academic honesty:


Academic honesty is expected of all Clinton Community College students. It is academically dishonest, for example, to misrepresent another person’s work as one’s own, to take credit for someone else’s work or ideas, to accept help on a test, to obtain advanced information on confidential test materials, or to intentionally harm another student’s chances for academic success.

When the instructor believes that a student has failed to maintain academic honesty, the instructor may decide on the penalty he or she believes is warranted. When a student is penalized by receiving a failing grade on a major assignment or for the course, the instructor must submit to the Academic Vice President evidence that the student has acted dishonestly. The Vice President for Academic Affairs will retain a record of such offenses. A student who commits a second offense may be dismissed from the college with an appeal to return not permitted for one full calendar year. If the student disputes a charge or punitive action, he or she may follow Academic Grievance Procedures as outlined in the College Catalog.


Students are expected to behave respectfully.  Behavior that interferes with the orderly functioning of the College, interferes with an individual’s pursuit of education, or disrupts the learning environments is prohibited. (Refer to the CCC Student Code of Conduct).

Individual Assistance:

Students who would like individual help or require any special accommodations, come to the professor’s office during office hours, or we can make an appointment to meet at another more convenient time. Additional help is available in the Academic Assistance Center on the 4th floor.  Should any difficulties arise at anytime during the semester, see the professor immediately.   In addition to coming to the office (room 520 M), Students may also contact him by phone message (563-1779) or e-mail ( or


Cancellation of Classes:

Notice of cancellation of classes will be announced on local radio/media. This includes snow and/or other weather or emergency situations. Please call my voice mail (563-1779) to find out about our class.


Students can easily secure a good grade if they attend class regularly, prepare all homework assignments on time, participate in class and listen to the language tapes as often as they can.


If students have any difficulties, please see the instructor immediately!

The instructor is available before and after this class, if students need to talk for any reason. The instructor is also in his office at other times for appointments, or students can leave a message on his voice mail (563-1779) or e-mail: or 


Potential Guest Speakers:


History: Jean-François Lisée, Université de Montréal

Geography:  Dr. Forrest Studebaker, Clinton Community College

Politics: Claude Bachand, Député Fédérale, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

Migration: Dr. Marc Richard, SUNY Plattsburgh, Ms. Julie Dowd, NNYAC Genealogy Society

Environment and weather:  Frank Cavallaro, Geeta Nadkarni, CBC Television Montreal

Language Issues: Léo Paré, former Délégué Générale, Government of Quebec, New York City

Media:  Sophie Durocher, Radio Canada, Montreal, Richard Martineau, TQS Television, Montreal

Doing Business with Québec: Jean Coté and Denis Arseneault, Bombardier, Plattsburgh, Mr. Garry Douglass, Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce

Culture: Robert Paquette, Jean-Robert Bisaillon, singers, Montréal

Sports and Recreation: Nick Disantis, Coach, Montreal Impact; Tony Marinaro, P.J. Stock, Team 990 Radio, Montreal; Maxim Lapierre, Guilllaume Latendresse, Montreal Canadiens