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Freelancers and Entrepreneurs: Understanding Cultural Labour


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Justin Schlosberg
  • Assessment: a 15-minute collaborative group presentation (0%), 1000-word presentation write-up (50%) and 2000-word critical essay (50%)

Module description

This module explores the challenges and opportunities of cultural work in both a contemporary and historical setting. You will be introduced to key ideas concerning concepts such as 'free' labour, cultural convergence and the 'prosumer', and encouraged to relate them to present-day debates regarding the social, cultural and policy implications of new media and arts technologies. A core underlying theme of the course concerns the relationship between changes in communication technologies and changes in the cultural workplace. Alongside discussion of critical theory, you will be tasked with thinking through your own professional and career development strategies. 

Indicative module content

  • Introducing 'passionate' work
  • Self-starting in the arts and media industries
  • Cultural labour in the 'free' economy
  • Equality and diversity in the cultural workplace
  • Preparing for work in the arts and media
  • Copyright and creative labour