You will develop theoretical and analytical tools (from the disciplines of Cultural Studies, Sociology of Culture and Public Policy), with which to critically address questions relating to key cultural policy issues and current cultural policy debates. By engaging with cutting-edge research, primary sources of evidence and contempory examples, you will reflect on the relationship between theory and practice, and will apply theories and analytical frameworks to specific case studies and projects. Particular reference will be made to: rationales for government intervention in the cultural sphere, objectives and instruments of cultural policy-making, issues of access and participation, issues of ownership, criteria for decision-making, scope of cultural policy-making, and methods and sources available for mapping, studying and evaluating cultural policies.
This module will introduce you to the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process, knowledge management practices and the nature of entrepreneurship. Having established the vital link between creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation, this module uses directed reading, case study exercises, reflective blog writing and group-based creative problem solving to illustrate entrepreneurial creativity in practice.
You will be introduced to a variety of creative problem solving techniques and learn how to apply these techniques in the context of the development, evaluation, and application of ideas and concepts with commercial potential. The course culminates in you pitching your identified entrepreneurial opportunity to peers and real world entrepreneurs.
Investigating Cultural Industries
This module outlines the specific characteristics of the cultural industries and the main dynamics which shape the operations of those industries. You will be introduced to key critical perspectives on the cultural industries:
- the processes of cultural production
- distinctions between cultural industries and 'creative industries'
- the concept of 'cultural economy'
- matters of industry structure and cultural markets
- the specificities of cultural work and the challenges confronting employment in the cultural industries
- the role and importance of intellectual property rights in the cultural industries
- the impacts of digitalization and globalization.
This module is worth 20 credits.
Launching New Ventures
This module will introduce you to the more practical elements of innovation and enterprise activity across multiple contexts, including not just new venture creation but corporate and social entrepreneurship as well.
Whereas Entrepreneurship and Creativity focuses on idea generation and entrepreneurial theory, Launching New Ventures will prepare you to recognise opportunities, and to implement innovation and enterprising ideas. The ability to make informed and timely decisions will be an important aspect of this, and the module will use a start-up business simulation to encourage this.
The module will introduce you to the latest thinking in the areas of creativity, the creative process, knowledge management practices and the nature of entrepreneurship. Having established the vital link between creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation and value creation, the course uses directed reading, case study exercises, reflective blog writing and group-based creative problem solving to illustrate entrepreneurial creativity in practice. You will be introduced to a variety of creative problem solving techniques and learn how to apply these techniques in the context of the development, evaluation, and application of ideas and concepts with commercial potential. The course culminates in you pitching your entrepreneurial opportunity to peers and real world entrepreneurs.
Cultural Industries and Entrepreneurship Research Project
For the research project, you will examine an existing - or create a new - company, organization or charity operating in one of the cultural industries. This company/organization can be in the profit or not-for-profit sectors. Working with the chosen example, the project involves the preparation of a written report discussing how the company/organization could develop new business opportunities and/or solve a specific problem or problems which it confronts.
This module consists of the selection, research and writing up of a topic in the field of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, chosen after consultation with the Course Director and other appropriate staff members.
This is a compulsory core module worth 60 credits.
The above is a sample of the typical modules that we offer but is not intended to be construed and/or relied upon as a definitive list of the modules that will be available in any given year. This course page may be updated over the duration of the course, as modules may change due to developments in the curriculum or in the research interests of staff.
Average starting salary and career progression
For postgraduates from the School of Cultures, Languages and Areas Studies, six months after graduation:
- 94.7% were in employment or further study
- the average salary was £20,000
Source: known destinations and salary data for full-time, home, postgraduates extracted from the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17.
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