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7AAICC56 Analysing the Cultural & Creative Industries

Module convenor: Dr Ruth Adams
Credits: 40
Teaching pattern: Twenty two-hour seminars - will feature lectures, guest speakers, workshops, small group work and student presentations.


Module description:

This is a 20 week, 40 credit core module, organised into seven thematic blocks which explore key concepts and issues within the cultural and creative industries. It provides students with the building blocks to generate their own critical analyses of the sector, the capacity to apply theory to practice and real world case studies, and to develop a number of key academic skills through diverse modes of content delivery and learning approaches and assessment.

Module aims

This core module aims to equip students with a range of knowledge and approaches - theoretical and analytical - that will allow them to develop critical perspectives on the cultural and creative industries. It aims to provide a rich contextual fabric of debates about culture, and the contributions of key thinkers to them, specifically as they inform, underpin and frame the shifting and contested field of the ‘cultural and creative industries’. The objective is to present culture, and the cultural and creative industries, as emergent fields that have conflicting and disputed disciplinary foundations, and have particular social, political, spatial and historically situated meanings and praxis, and to enable students to engage with these issues in a critical but positive fashion.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module students will be aware of key concepts and theoretical models of culture and the Cultural and Creative Industries, with a clear sense of the contexts and debates which produced them and the ideas that underpin them, and how they impact on practice within the sector. Students will be equipped with a variety of analytical perspectives from relevant disciplines, which should function as a ‘tool box’ that they can bring to bear on both the optional modules of the programme, and which, in parallel with the Research Approaches module, will inform their independent study for their dissertations and research projects. Students are encouraged to become independent, self-directed learners, and develop a range of key academic skills and practices.

Core reading

Indicative Reading List

  • Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry (Routledge Classics)
  • Pierre Bourdieu, The Field of Cultural Production
  • Caves, R., 2000. Creative industries: contracts between art and commerce. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Terry Eagleton, The Idea of Culture (Blackwell Manifestos)
  • Flew, T., 2012. Creative industries. London: Sage.
  • Florida, R., 2012. The rise of the creative class, revisited. New York: Basic.
  • Hesmondhalgh, D., 2013. Cultural industries. 3rd ed. London: Sage.
  • Jenkins, H., 2006. Convergence culture: where old and new media collide. New York: NYU Press.
  • Ross, A., 2009. Nice work if you can get it: life and labor in precarious times. New York: NYU Press.
  • Stokes, D., Wilson, N. and Mador, M., 2010. Entrepreneurship. London: Cengage.
  • Raymond Williams, Culture & Society 1780-1950
  • Zukin, S. 2010. Naked city: the death and life of authentic urban places. New York: Oxford University Press.


  1. Essay 1,000 words (10%)
  2. 3 hour ‘open book’ Exam (40%)
  3. Audio-Visual Presentation  (50%)

 The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

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