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KAFP 3305 - Introduction to cultural policies, Comparative case studies (An)

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Since some readings and some discussions may occur in the French language, some knowledge of French, not necessarily spoken but read and understood, would enable the students to make the most of the course. But this is not required. Compulsory readings are indicated below and should be read no later than before the related lecture.

Course Description

Many countries have a brilliant cultural scene without almost any public funding or governmental cultural structures, whether local or national. Other nations believe culture needs public support. This course aims to give a general introduction to cultural policies by focusing on 6 countries who have developed fairly comprehensive public policies or cultural systems based on the valorization of heritage and access, promotion of contemporary creation and outreach policies. The course is more centered on the so called “high culture” and heritage rather than “entertainment” or the sphere of “creative and cultural policies”, which are the subject of other courses (Emma Archer, Laurence Franceschini). The course also gives insights on emerging European Union cultural policies. Managers of prominent cultural institutions or artists or decision makers will appear as “guests”.


  • AMALRIC, Benjamin R. (Teaching Assistant)
  • CLUZEL, Jean-Paul (Former Director of the Opéra de Paris and former President of Radio France)

Pedagogical format

Each session of two hours will consist of 2 separate 45 minutes' session followed by a 10 minutes' question and answer time. Around 6 guest speakers are expected to join for one hour session, with the same format.

Course validation

1) Mid-term : a group “paper” on a topic chosen by the group among a selected list of subjects. Emphasis will be on the ability for the students to work together, the quality of analysis and the clarity of writing 2) Final exam: a Multiple Choice Test (“QCM in French”) carried out via Moodle to make sure the students have learnt and understood the key elements and facts of cultural policies of the 6 countries and the EU. The number of questions will be such as the students will have no time to find the correct answers in their notes or on the web.


In addition to each two-hour session, students are expected to devote another two hours for the preparation and the deepening of the lectures, in addition to the “required readings”. The students will have access to the course on the Moodle and to a closed Facebook group. Contributions are encouraged for the Facebook group. Attendance to the courses will be monitored.

Required reading

  • France :
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Italy

Additional required reading

  • Pierre Molinier « Les politiques publiques de la culture en France », coll Que sais-je , PUF 2016
  • Guillaume Cerutti, « La politique culturelle, enjeu du XXIème siècle, Ed Odile Jacob ; 2016
  • Frédéric Martel, « De la culture en Amérique », Ed Champs Essais, 2011