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Undergraduate Course: Democracy, Funding and the Arts: Understanding Cultural Policy (HIAR10182)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to the field of cultural policy. Interactions between government and culture, whether in terms of audiences or creative workers, is long and complex, with various models and modes present around the world. This global overview sets out key ideas, including cultural democracy and the democratisation of culture; the cultural economy; models of state support for culture; and how decisions are made over the allocation of resources.
Course description Cultural policy is shaped by economic, social, political, and of course, cultural trends at almost all levels of society. In turn these trends create contradictory demands and expectations on various cultural practices, with educational, social cohesion, health, and economic impacts all high on the list of governmental priorities for culture. Moreover, the potential of culture to address these impacts is now a global phenomenon, particularly at the juncture between the economic and social benefits of culture. In order to better understand these issues, the study of cultural policy draws on academic disciplines including sociology, cultural and media studies, economics, and geography. This course brings together these diverse perspectives, in order for students to understand how cultural policy and management functions across art forms and global regions. By exploring culture in the context of policy, students will be introduced to debates beyond academic work, and to a range of possible arts management and arts policy careers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: History of Art 2 (HIAR08012) OR Architectural History 2a: Order & the City (ARHI08006) AND Architectural History 2b: Culture & the City (ARHI08007)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above, and we will only consider University/College level courses. **Please note that 3rd year History of Art courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of different models of cultural policy
  2. Analyse the relationship between government and culture
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the global cultural economy
  4. Critically examine the ways in which culture relates to politics and political organisation
  5. Apply developed skills of analysis, communication, and organisation.
Reading List
Durrer, V., Miller, T. and O'Brien, D. (2016) The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy
Bell, D., and Oakley, K. 2014. Cultural policy. London: Routledge
Lee, H-K (2018) Cultural Policy in South Korea London: Routledge
Garner, B. (2017) The Politics of Cultural Development: Trade, cultural policy and the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity London: Routledge
O'Brien, D. (2014) Cultural Policy London: Routledge
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical analysis; Clear thinking and the development of an argument; Independent research; Presentation and communication skills; Organisation and planning.
KeywordsCultural Policy,Cultural Democracy,Arts Council,Cultural value,Social and economic impact
Course organiserDr Dave O'Brien
Course secretaryMrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460
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