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This subject introduces students to theoretical perspectives on arts and cultural policy and explains how various historical, political, and cultural contexts shape cultural policies in different nation states. The subject provides a broad overview of multiple aspects of cultural policies including regulating public arts, preserving national cultural heritage, contributing to sustainable economic, environmental, and urban development, as well as protecting cultural diversity on local and global levels. The subject explains how different political and cultural actors are involved in complex processes of creating, communicating, restructuring, or resisting cultural policies and how they affect local economies, reframe social and cultural composition of communities, as well as contribute to place branding.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, student should be able to:
- appraise government policies and strategies associated with the arts industry;
- critique and analyse complex policy and political frameworks;
- construct debates relating to the interplay between government and the arts sector; and
- investigate new policy initiatives for the arts industry as they arise.
At the completion of this subject, students should gain the following generic skills:
- be able to source and evaluate diverse resource material, including traditional text and electronic media;
- be able to demonstrate the writing skills to present essay works and approved topics to an advanced level;
- be able to demonstrate the critical thinking required to conceptualise and form strategies; and
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically.
Last updated: 2 December 2019