Undergraduate Course: Art, Culture and Inequality (HIAR10164)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course introduces and interrogates the relationship between art, culture and social inequality. It is structured as a series of weekly two hour seminars. Seminars will be delivered via a mixture of explanatory lectures, connecting History of Art with the broader issues of art, culture and inequality; presentations and student-led discussion; and weekly reading related content. There will be a focus on a different element of this area each week, for example work and labour markets, consumption and audiences, social mobility, social attitudes, and meritocracy.
Social inequality is a longstanding issue of concern for a range of social science disciplines. However, the relationship between culture and social inequality has only recently emerged as an important area of interdisciplinary interest. Most notably, the relationship between the arts, broadly defined, and the reproduction of social inequality has now become a question for disciplines such as History of Art. In this context, the course asks questions as to the role of the arts and the cultural sector in the maintenance and continuation of social inequality, along with the role of social inequality in shaping arts and cultural practice. The course will connect inequalities of production, for example theories and case studies of cultural work (e.g. who makes artworks? What is the relationship between production, consumption and social inequality? How does art and culture relate to core social inequalities of class, gender and ethnicity?) to questions of representation and questions concerning consumption (e.g. who goes to museums? Who has access to cultural value?). By showing the broad patterns of inequality associated with consumption, representation and production, the course aims to give students a critical take on the importance of culture in modern society.
The course content will be explored through a range of resources, including quantitative and qualitative data analysis, as well as text-based and theoretical arguments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This course is not open to exchange and visiting students.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 3,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x 2500 word essay 50% - submitted weeks 8-10
1 exam 50%
||Students are given feedback on formative assessment as follows:
You will be asked to prepare a spoken presentation to deliver to the class, and will be supported to develop this in one-to-one meeting beforehand, and will receive verbal feedback at one-to-one meeting afterwards. The presentation is designed to assist you in developing your understanding and improving your performance for the summative assessment.
Summative assessment: Written feedback on student essays will be provided within 15 days, in addition to a one-to-one meeting.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Theory Exam||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand key theories of culture and inequality
- Critically analyse key case studies on consumption, representation and production
- Relate empirical studies of inequality to theories of culture
- Present your own ideas clearly and well in writing and in discussion
- Prepare and organize your work effectively to deadlines.
|Brook, O., O'Brien, D. and Taylor, M. (2018) Who is missing from the picture, working papers 1-4 London: Barbican |
Conor B, Gill R and Taylor S (2015) Gender and Creative Labour. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
Gerber, A. (2017) The Work of Art Stanford: Stanford University Press
Hesmondhalgh D and Baker S (2010) Creative Labour. New York: Routledge.
Saha, A. (2017) Race and the Cultural Industries London: Polity Press
Savage M. (2015) Social Class in the 21st Century. Penguin: London.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Critical understanding of art, culture and social inequality;
Clear thinking and the development of an argument;
Presentation and communication skills;
Organization and planning.
|Keywords||Inequality,Cultural Work,Cultural Consumption,Cultural Production,Creative Class.
|Course organiser||Dr Dave O'Brien
|Course secretary||Mrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460