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OAFP 5160 - Cultural and Media Regulations in the Digital Age : Debates and Controversies

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

Based on a comparative approach and a general overview of the international and European legal frameworks, this course will explore the sources, founding principles, objectives and main characteristics of cultural and media regulations (copyright law, regulation of the book and film industries, promotion of cultural diversity, in particular through media regulations, promotion of equal access to culture). It will examine how these traditional regulations are technologically and ideologically disrupted by the digital revolution. The course will put the emphasis on the debates, conflicts and controversies triggered by the ongoing reform of these regulations. It will analyse the interests, positions, arguments and rhetoric of the various stakeholders (States, international organizations, cultural and media industries, new online players, civil society, cultural institutions etc.). The purpose is to highlight the strong political, economic, ideological and even philosophical dimensions behind each seemingly technical issue.


  • DEPINCE, Karine (Conseillère, département audiovisuel, service des affaires immobilières et du patrimoine - Assemblée nationale)
  • GHIBELLINI, Julie E. (Administratrice à l'Assemblée nationale)

Pedagogical format

After an introductory session, the course will successively address the various cultural and media regulations (copyright law, regulation of copyright contracts, regulation of the book and movie industries, media and internet regulations). Students will be invited to participate in debates and will make a presentation to the class.

Course validation

Evaluation will be based on one presentation to the class (on a topic related to the course) prepared by groups of students (40%) and one final exam taking place during the last session and consisting of a series of questions related to the course (60%).


Students are encouraged to deepen and extend their knowledge and understanding of the different subjects covered through readings. A bibliography will be provided during the introductory session and will be enriched throughout the semester with additional titles, news articles, reports and links. The bibliography will be useful for the preparation of the presentations and final examination. Slides presenting the main elements discussed in class will be sent to the students.

Required reading

  • An overview of Europe's film industry, European Parliament Briefing, Dec. 2104.

Additional required reading

  • Anne Bamford: The Wow Factor. Global research compendium on the impact of the arts in education. Waxmann, New York / Munich / Berlin 2006
  • The New Cinema Communication, IRIS plus, 2014-1, Council of Europe