2023-2024 / MEDC0001-1

Analysis of cultural production (arts et médias)


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in performing arts (120 ECTS) (international master)5 crédits 
 Master in communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : musicology (120 ECTS)5 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

The course consists of a set of readings illustrating the main cultural theories forged to analyze the cultural productions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To develop the capacity to analyze cultural productions from perspectives that take into account both the cultural text and the context of its emergence.
Master some of the analytical concepts developed over the last century: mechanical reproduction (Benjamin), cultural industries (Adorno, Horkheimer), cultural studies (Hoggart), distinction, habitus, field (Bourdieu), postmodernism (Jameson), postcolonial studies (Bhabha), sociology of art (Becker), actor-network (Latour).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is preferable to have taken the Introduction to Cultural Policies course (Bac 1).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course takes the form of a seminar. During the first hour, students describe and comment on the reading scheduled for the session. The second hour consists of a synthesis of these opinions.

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

Depending on the circumstances, the course will take place at a distance, in the presence of the students or in a co-modal way.

Recommended or required readings

Not available.

Any session :

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

written work

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Written work based on the analysis in 3500 signs of a "cultural product" chosen by the student (concert, play, exhibition, book, film...). The analysis must include a descriptive part and an analysis of the mode(s) of production of the work in question with reference to the theories considered during the course.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Not available.

Association of one or more MOOCs