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Comparative Cultural Policies


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: to be confirmed
  • Assessment: a 5000-word critical response to a set list of questions or a question devised in consultation with tutors (100%)

Module description

In this module we introduce you to cultural policies from selected European and Asian countries. You will gain an understanding of the relationship between the state, arts and market in these countries, and how historical, social and political specifics can affect the way cultural policy has developed in different contexts.

You will critically evaluate the different ways in which cultural policy is developed and managed, so as to be able to demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the key differences and similarities of cultural policies from various countries. At the end of the module, you will also be able to identify the key aspects that influence the development of cultural policies in the selected countries.

Indicative syllabus

  • Links between government organisational styles and cultural management
  • Relationship between the state, arts and the market
  • Links between historical, social and political developments and cultural policy
  • Regional cultural policy (Germany)
  • Centralised cultural policy (France)
  • The city and cultural policy (Singapore)
  • Creative industries and cultural policy (South Korea)
  • Multiculturalism and cultural policy (Taiwan)
  • Non-intervention and cultural policy (Japan)