Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries

Key information

Start date
End date
Year of study
Term 1
Module code
FHEQ Level
School of Arts

Module overview

Analytical Approaches to the Global Creative and Cultural Industries is the core module for all students taking the MA Global Creative and Cultural Industries. It constitutes one half of the total core module requirement that students on the degree programme must take. The second core module will be one of the 'pathways' in either Music, History of Art and Archaeology or Media which you can see listed under the "structure" tab on the programme page.

This core module presents a theoretical overview of approaches to the analysis of art, culture and media in the context of the economy. From late-19th century ideas of what art is for, to anxieties about the emergence of Mass and Popular culture in the the mid-20th century, to approaches to The Culture Industry and The Cultural Industries, to the emergence of the idea of the Creative Industries at the end of the 20th Century, the module asks questions about how art is, or should be, funded, the economic importance of culture and how art and culture has been made, sold and understood in the globalized digital age. Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives, from theories of Mass Culture to Cultural Studies, Cultural Sociology and the emergent disciple of Cultural Industries analysis, and case studies from across the world, the module places questions of value, cultural labour and cultural justice in global political context.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • A broad knowledge of the creative and cultural industries, both as they operate in the UK, Europe and North America, and as they operate globally
  • A good understanding of key issues in the creative and cultural industries in the present, and a good understanding of the challenges they face in the immediate future
  • A broad understanding of the specialist elements of the creative and cultural industries (media, music, art, and film), and their intersections
  • An understanding of legal and regulatory systems for the creative and cultural industries


  • One hour Lecture, one hour Seminar

Method of assessment

  • One 1,000-word essay (worth 30%)
  • One 2,000-word essay (worth 70%)


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