Media and Cultural Practices in France

Module code: FR2045

France has a lively and dynamic media landscape and in this module we will explore its key aspects and its place in French culture and society. We will consider different developments in media (including the press, audio-visual media and new media) over the last few decades, how they are consumed in France, and how they inform notions of representation and identity. This module will also introduce relevant concepts and approaches to better understand how the media has evolved over the years and what it reveals about French contemporary society.

Topics covered

  • Approaches to the media
  • The development of the media
  • French media from the turn of the 20th century to the early 21st century
  • Politics and the media
  • The media effects tradition
  • The media and the market
  • Gender and media representations
  • Media and diversity

Learning

  • 20 hours of seminars
  • 130 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Group project and presentation (30%)
  • Essay, 2,000 words (70%)