Creativity, Community and Enterprise
The Core Module Culture and Global Sustainable Development considers the global policy contexts of the arts and culture in International Development. In this module we will focus on practice and local realities. How does enterprise work? What is creativity in practice?
To do this the module will tackle the questions of why have arts enterprise and culture been proposed as a solution to ‘development’ problems -- how can cultural creativity create social change? What does this type of creativity offer that mainstream development strategy does not? What can the creative economy do that the mainstream economy cannot? Throughout this module we will explore the role of arts, creativity and enterprise in community development, focussing on questions of practice and local realities (constructing effective methodology). We will investigate who is involved in arts enterprise and how we can know what is effective, appropriate, and ethically justifiable in community development projects. We will explore what creative/arts and/or cultural models of development have to offer whilst examining the limitations of the theories, policies and practices. The central purpose of this module then is to critically explore the tensions and contradictions in the use of economic models, models of business enterprise and entrepreneurialism for social, local and community development. You will be encouraged to develop both your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in order to understand the complexities involved with engaging the arts in community development problems.
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