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TH909 - Cultural Theory

  • Module code: TH909
  • Module name: Cultural Theory
  • Department: School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Through the work of key European and other writers, you will explore the historical development of concepts of the arts and culture, and the associated idea of their transformative powers. Tracing the thinking of cultural theorists and other commentators on culture from Classical Greece to the present day, you will be encouraged to consider how these ideas connect to the debates surrounding cultural policy that you will encounter in other areas of the course.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the key ideas of selected cultural theorists from classical antiquity to the present day and relate them to the study of cultural policy. They will be able to identify ideas of culture that have been or continue to be embodied in cultural policies within Europe, questioning assumptions behind cultural policy and management from an informed theoretical perspective. In analysing texts, reasoning critically and debating interpretations they will draw on cultural theory to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different modes of analysing cultural policy.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures, Seminars and tutorials.

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Other essential notes

Centre for Cultural Policy Studies module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: TH909-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught International Cultural Policy and Management (W4PM) - Year 2
Optional Core