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Culture and politics in contemporary France

The objective of the course is to understand the characteristics of contemporary France with an emphasis on the rapport between culture and politics.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2023

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on whether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department - courses

A warm welcome to the Autumn Semester 2023. Have you been admitted to one of our courses? Great! Please take your time to read the information below to get a successful start this spring.

Registration Autumn 2023

Registration for our courses is open between 7-13 August 2023 (please note that registration is open longer for some courses, please visit Ladok to see how long the online registration is open for your course). Make sure to register on time to keep your place. If you fail to register on time, you will automatically forfeit your place to another applicant on the reserve list. Registration is made online at

If you are a first-time student at our department, please see the website New student to get started with your studies.

 If you for some reason are unable to complete the online registration, please contact as soon as possible, but before the online registration closes at the latest.

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Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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The course deals with some current relevant topics in the light of France's historical, social and political development in modern times. Topics that may be studied are, for example, the secular state, the characteristics of the Fifth Republic, the (de)centralized state, post-colonial France, the image of France as a culture-bearing nation, French language policy, nationalism, the cultural imprint of feminism, etc. The course provides a deeper understanding of these phenomena by studying both texts and debates as well as controversies around these cultural phenomena.

Romantic history painting. Commemorates the French Revolution of 1830 (28July Revolution) 1830
Friheten på barrikaderna av Eugène Delacroix . Eugène Delacroix, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
  • Course structure

    6 seminars (three hours)


    1 POL (French politics) 1 KUL (French Culture)

    Teaching format

    Seminars (discussions and presentations). Seminars (discussions and presentations). During each seminar, the teacher presents some aspects of contemporary France and then opens a discussion with students about the course literature. To have an insight on how to prepare for a seminar, you can read the following design patterns:


    Oral examination


    Christophe Premat

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • More information

    To see a presentation, see:

    For formal details about the courses, see syllabus. In good time before the start of the course, you will then see planning and documentation on the course's learning platform for the particular semester you are studying.

    Principles of academic integrity

    It is important that students understand the principles of academic integrity see the short movie:
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