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About the MA

Course Aims

The aims of the course are to enable you to:

  • To enable students to acquire a critical perspective on cultural policy and management in the public, private and voluntary sectors within an international context.
  • To enable students to identify ideas of culture, and the sources of those ideas, which have informed the development of cultural policies within Europe, the West and internationally.
  • To enable students to explore the historical development of British cultural policies, with particular emphasis on developments since 1945, and to encourage students to compare these with equivalent developments taking place internationally.
  • To enable students to explore the historical development of the cultural industries, with reference to British, European and international experience.
  • To enable students to analyse key contemporary cultural policy issues within a European and international context.
  • To enable students to develop the skills associated with the practice of cultural management.
  • To enable students to develop their research skills
  • To enable students to develop their own specialist knowledge and skills within the field of cultural policy and management.
  • To enable students to construct their own programme of studies from a series of options.

How Do We Meet These Aims?

1: You will develop your understanding of the contexts which frame cultural policies by engaging in discussions and debates, by participating in group work and through individual research and reading.

2: Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to think strategically and conceptually, focusing on the policy challenges facing cultural policy-makers. This broad understanding will equip with you with the knowledge you will need to adapt to specific situations in your future career.

3: You will reflect critically upon the tensions between top-down and bottom-up policy practices, and the underlying assumptions and theories that inform these, identifying connections between them and using these to build your understanding of how cultural policy functions.

4: You will examine current practice in the management of cultural organisations through case studies and insights from professionals in the field. You will learn how management methods and strategies are adapted to meet changing demands and changing political and managerial ideologies.

5: You will develop your understanding of the fundamental policy theories, concepts and frameworks which underpin the the creation, implementation and evaluation of cultural policies, and of the philosophical and managerial principles which lie behind them. You will apply and develop this understanding through lectures, tutorials, seminars, essays and case-studies.

6: You will develop your critical and reflexive thinking skills both on the modules (through the analysis of, and discussions about, contemporary cultural policy issues with members of the teaching staff and your fellow students). You will further develop your research skills by planning and conducting your own major research project, supervised by a scholar in the field.

Course Summary

The MA in International Cultural Policy and Management takes an inter-disciplinary approach to the study of cultural policy and management. This is characterised by the theories and approaches applied, the differing backgrounds and expertise of the teaching staff, and the diverse viewpoints in the international student group to which you will belong.

The degree is concerned with both the development of critical perspectives on cultural policy and the acquisition of skills that cultural managers require. Consequently the course emphasises the importance of both theory and practice, and the relationship between them. You will be able to determine the appropriate balance between practice and theoretical work from the range of option modules offered, according to your particular needs.

Navigate Your Own Path

In addition to your two Core Modules you will be able to determine the appropriate balance between practice and theoretical work from the range of option modules offered, according to your particular needs. You may take the course full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

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