Media and film studies

Researching Cultural and Creative Industries

Module code: 888P4
Level 7 (Masters)
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

You study the historical, social and ideological work of the critical and creative industries, linking questions of culture to those of business, skill, technology, law and power.

Using frameworks such as the Frankfurt School, Cultural Studies and the digital humanities, you will address key debates in the field, including public-private relationships, intellectual property and access, consumption, fair trade, capital, time and value.

You will also consider the identities and lived experiences of those working in the sector and the meanings and possibilities for cultural innovation and promotion today.

Assessment is through pitch-presentation and an essay which will help you to develop industry skills.

Module learning outcomes

  • Describe and critically evaluate the cultural and creative industry sector and its historical and geographical development
  • Synthesise and analyse the critical, theoretical and professional debates associated with the emergence and operation of the cultural and creative industries
  • Demonstrate inter-disciplinary ability in relating industry debates in business, technology and the law to the history of culture and cultural value
  • Critically relate practices of cultural production to cultural consumption and the lived experiences of workers in the cultural and creative industries
  • Integrate critical sources in the construction and development of written analysis and argument
  • Write, describe or pitch an industry brief, press release or presentation within a critical/reflective framework