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Government and the Shaping of Culture in Contemporary France

Module Code: FR259
Module Name: Government and the Shaping of Culture in Contemporary France
Module Coordinator: Professor Jerry Ahearne
Not running 2018-19
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

Do notions of national culture still have relevance in a globalized world? How are such national cultures shaped and maintained? How has the French republic related to such transnational culture-shaping forces as Catholicism and Islam? How have French political and cultural leaders confronted the impact of Google and other global cultural industries? How have the French debated these issues?

Republican governments in France have often assumed a prominent and assertive role in the shaping of national cultures (broadly understood as systems of attitudes, values and common reference). This culture-shaping role has taken place across a range of ministries. We will explore in this module major challenges which this tradition has encountered over recent years (with particular reference to the period 2002-2012). We will investigate the policy debates generated when self-consciously French cultural-political traditions rub up against transnational cultural forces, both archaic and hypermodern, at work in French society.

Assessment Method:

50% - Assessed work (one essay of between 2,000 and 2,500 words in length; OR one essay of between 1,000 and 1,250 words AND one commentary of between 1,000 to 1,250 words)
50% - Formal examination