2023-2024 / MEDC0002-1

Observations on political and cultural institutions


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 


Pascal Durand, Jean-Gilles Lowies, Christophe Pirenne


Christophe Pirenne

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Organised in collaboration with Christophe Pirenne and Jean-Gilles Lowies, this course is in the format of a series of conferences followed by discussion and debate involving stakeholders and analysts from the political world and cultural institutions, both in Belgium and abroad. Lectures will be scheduled and a programme will be established at the start of the academic year.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objective of the course is to raise students' awareness of the interactions between politicians and cultural institutions; to shed light on the general themes and practical methods which govern production and cultural management in large institutions (operas, orchestras, theatres, festivals, publishing houses, cultural centres, etc.); to put students in touch with major players in these institutions.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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


Recommended or required readings

  • Almeida D. « Cultural retaliation: the cultural policies of the 'new' Front National ». International Journal of Cultural Policy, p.269-281, Published online: 07 Feb 2017.
  • Donnat O. Évolution de la diversité consommée sur le marché du livre, 2007-2016. Ministère de la Culture, DEPS, Paris, 2018.
  • Farchy J., Méadel C. et Sire G. La gratuité, à quel prix ? - Circulation et échange de biens culturels sur internet. Presses de l'Ecole des Mines, Paris, 2015.
  • Moreau F. et Nicolas Y. (dir.). Financement participatif : une voie d'avenir pour la culture ? Ministère de la Culture-DEPS et Presses de Sciences Po, Paris, 2018.
  • Négrier E. et Teillet P. Les projets culturels de territoire. PUG et UGA éditions, Collection : Politiques culturelles, Grenoble, 2019.
  • Octobre S. et Patureau F. (dir.). Normes de genre dans les institutions culturelles. DEPS Ministère de la Culture, Les Presses de Sciences Po, coll. « Questions de culture », Paris, 2018.
  • Mangset P. et alii. « Why are artists getting poorer? About the reproduction of low income among artists ». International Journal of Cultural Policy, p. 539-558, Published online: 16 Aug 2016.

Any session :

- In-person

written exam

- Remote

written work

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred remote

Additional information:

A three page report is written after each lecture (about six lectures per year); the final evaluation is the average of all scores on the reports. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Because the course is basically an annual conference-debate series, active participation at all sessions is essential.


Christophe Pirenne, senior lecturer
Pascal Durand, lecturer
Jean-Gilles Lowies

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