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7AAYCC10 Cultural Policy

Taught by Dr Hye-Kyung Lee

This module aims firstly to examine why and how the state intervenes in cultural production and consumption, and secondly to discuss why and how British cultural policy has changed over time, and what impacts it has brought on the lives of both cultural organisations and citizens. In particular, policy-making in the arts, film, broadcasting and urban regeneration will be critically and historically examined. The module helps students to develop a concrete understanding of key policy themes and issues of contemporary cultural policy, such as why the state should intervene in the matter of culture, why cultural, social economic policies increasingly overlap and how neo-liberalism has impacted the cultural sector. While the lectures focus on British experiences, cultural policies in other countries are also covered and a comparative approach is stressed. Throughout the module, historical and critical approaches are encouraged. 

Week 1: Cultural policy: an introduction
Week 2: History of British cultural policy 1: the Arts Council  
Week 3: Comparative cultural policy: cultural policy in Germany
Week 4: Culture and the state: censorship
Week 5: History of British cultural policy 2: GLC
Week 6: Broadcasting policy: competition and Public Service Broadcasting
Week 7: History of British cultural policy 3: New Labour cultural policy
Week 8: Culture and copyright
Week 9: Film policy: between cultural policy and industry policy
Week 10: Creative industries and cultural policy 

Key reading

Boorsma, P. B. et al. (Eds.) (1998) Privatization and Culture: Experiences in the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Industries in Europe. London: Kluwer Academic Publisher.

Lewis, J. & Miller, T. (Eds.) (2004). Critical Cultural Policy Studies: A Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.

McGuigan, J. (2004). Rethinking Cultural Policy. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Miller, T. & Yúdice, G. (2002). Cultural Policy. London: Sage.
International Journal of Cultural Policy Profile of cultural policy in European countries 


1 essay of 4000 words maximum 

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