2023-2024 / COMU0019-1

Introduction to Cultural Policies and Economics


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in human and social sciences5 crédits 
 Bachelor in human and social sciences (New programme)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 


Christophe Pirenne

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Cultural policies, considered as the set of means implemented by an individual or a community to give itself a particular image, will be approached from three perspectives:
The first will present the various concepts associated with this term and their historical evolution.
The second will aim to present the evolution of cultural practices over the last two centuries by linking them to technological innovations, social and political changes, but also to the progressive integration of the cultural field into the economic field.
The third part will offer an overview of the different levels of power with competences in the field of culture. It will consider the international (UNESCO, WTO, OECD, Francophonie), European (Council of Europe, European Community), and national (federal Belgium, Federation Wallonie Bruxelles, provinces, municipalities) authorities.
The fourth will present cultural policies within the framework of the private sector.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Allow students to make sense of some general concepts.
To identify the main institutional cultural actors.
Understand that artistic productions depend on the context in which they are created.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

No peculiar competences needed

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

No work related to the course

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Depending on the health conditions, teaching will be given in remote, face-to-face or hybrid mode.

Recommended or required readings

The course does not include a syllabus. However, slides with the course outline, some definitions, authors' names and illustrations are available on ecampus.
Please note that the course may be subject to important changes from year to year depending on current events or new distributions of skills (international, national or regional).

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written exam

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Written exam in the classroom divided into three parts
- Identification of protected cultural property, sites, objects that have been presented during the course. - Short questions on very specific points of the subject. - Open-ended questions requiring a part of reference to the subject and a part of dissertation.
If the examination is to be held at a distance, it will consist of an essay.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

"Experience is merely the name by which men baptize their mistakes"
Oscar of course


Not available

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Online Notes
Notes are available online. See link below.