LET-RTCBF221
Culture and Power in the French-Speaking World
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-RTCBF221
Credits (ECTS)5
Category-
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Romance Languages and Cultures;
Lecturer(s)
Coordinator
dr. E.Q. Shuman
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Lecturer
dr. E.Q. Shuman
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Contactperson for the course
dr. E.Q. Shuman
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Examiner
dr. E.Q. Shuman
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Academic year2023
Period
PER 3  (29/01/2024 to 07/04/2024)
Starting block
PER 3
Course mode
full-time
RemarksAanschuifonderwijs.
Open voor exchange studenten die voldoen aan ingangseis, geen limiet.
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims
By the end of this course, students:
  • Can analyse cultural products and movements from the francophone world through aesthetic, cultural, and political perspectives
  • Can explain the terms, viewpoints, and stakes of major public debates and social conflicts in the francophone world
  • Have nuanced understanding of the relationship between culture and power
  • Have the ability to identify and discuss the specific contributions and limits of cultural forms in political movements
Content
This course will explore the role of culture in resistance against political, economic, and social forms of power in France and the francophone world. The course will explore different theories of power as it relates to discourse, representation, bodily autonomy, and systems of governance. Students will read texts from theorists such as Michel Foucault, Homi K. Bhabha, Achille Mbembe, and Colette Guillaumin. Students will explore the different forms of power at play in various historical and cultural movements. Beginning with the aftermath of May 1968, the course will move through Women’s Liberation Movement of the 1970s, the Beur Movement of the 1980s, to the Yellow Vests and other contemporary issues surrounding migration, consent, and the environment. In turn, the course will look at the role that different cultural forms – protest movements, literature, cinema, popular music, and social media – play in these social struggles. Through various case studies, students will think critically about how culture can be created or reappropriated to speak truth to power and, conversely, how power shapes artistic expression and cultural practices.
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Specifics

Required materials
To be announced
Course materials will be made available on Brightspace.

Instructional modes
Tutorial
Attendance MandatoryYes

Tests
Portfolio
Test weight100
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 3, Block PER 4

Minimum grade
5,5