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KAFP 3995 - An introduction to Cultural Policies, Comparative Case Studies

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Since some readings and some discussions may occur in French language, some knowledge of French, not necessarily spoken but read and understood, could 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

The purpose of this lecture is to deal with the issues related to the conception and the implementation of a cultural policy. A first range of classes will be devoted to the analysis of some typical geopolitical situations and country key cases. This will give the matter to develop, in a second time, a set of thematic and problematic questions. The point of the course is, on the one hand, to give a detailed knowledge of specific institutions, financial cycles and decision-making processes that describe the different cultural policies conducted throughout our current world and, on the other hand, to reflect on their meaning, their relevancy, and their effectiveness.


  • LE BORGNE, Solène (Gérante)
  • SOKOLOGORSKY, Igor C. (Enseignant de philosophie CPGE)

Pedagogical format

Each session of two hours will consist of 2 separate 45 minutes' sessions followed by a 10 minutes' question and answer time.

Course validation

1) Mid-term : 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 the key cases that have been studied. 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. 2) Final exam: a group “paper” on a topic chosen by the group among a selected list of subjects. The groups, consisting of three people, are arbitrarily chosen at the beginning of the course, in order to foster the integration of every student. Emphasis will be on the ability to work together, the relevancy of problematic and given facts, the accuracy and originality of analysis and the clarity of writing.


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:
  • French Cultural Policy Debates: A Reader, edited by Jeremy Ahearne, London/New York, Routledge, 2001
  • Howard Levy, Alan, Government and the Arts: Debates over Federal Support of the Arts in America from George Washington to Jesse Helms, New York, University Press of America, 1997.
  • Miller, Toby / Yudice, George, Cultural policy. London, Thousand Oaks, 2002

Additional required reading

  • Guillaume Cerutti, La politique culturelle, enjeu du XXIème siècle, Paris, Odile Jacob, 2016
  • Jim Mac Guigan, Rethinking cultural policy, Maidenhead, Open University Press, 2004
  • Pierre Molinier, Les politiques publiques de la culture en France, coll Que sais-je, Paris, PUF, 2016
  • La politique culturelle en débat, 1955-2012, textes réunis et présentés par Philippe Poirrier, Paris, La Documentation française, 2013
  • Pour une histoire des politiques culturelles dans le monde, 1945-2011, sous la direction de Philippe Poirrier, Paris, La Documentation française, 2011