BE418-5-SP-CO:
Management and the Cultural Industries

The details
2019/20
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 14 January 2019
Friday 22 March 2019
15
20 May 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This 10 week Module builds upon students basic understanding of general management to explore the particularities of the cultural industries An increasingly important sector of the econom, the cultural industries are distinctive both in terms of their political economy and their organizational forms, management systems and labour processes

This module offers a high level analysis of the cultural industries by starting from a consideration of what is distinctive about culture as an economic product and proceeds to consider what this distinctiveness means for the structure of the industries how new technologies, globalization and intellectual property rights legislation have shaped their development and what this means for work and management within these industries Throughout the module students will be encouraged to engage actively in their own learning by contributing to teaching through assessed group presentations

The Module does not offer a prescriptive set of guidelines for managing in the cultural industries but provides students with the conceptual tools and the historical knowledge to critically analyse and situate this sector for themselves Through the group research and presentation, the module also facilitates the development of important transferable skills such as time management project planning research critical thinking and analysis groupwork and presentation skills

The module has been designed to:
1. Provide a theoretical and empirical understanding of the cultural industries: what they are; what is distinctive about them; their historical development; and their location within advanced capitalist political economy.

2. Provide both theoretical and empirical analysis of work and management within the cultural industries, and how these are being shaped by broad influences like technological change, globalisation, legislation and policy, marketization and organizational restructuring.

3. Through class discussion, participation and group work, develop the students' analytical and critical reasoning skills, and enable them to present a clear case analysis with reference to academic theory and empirical evidence.


Module Outcomes
By the end of the module the students should be able to:

1. Understand the political economic context of the cultural industries and the implications this has for organizational structure, management, and the labour process within these industries.

2. Understand and explain the significance of changes in media technology, globalisation, legislation, policy, markets, and organizational structure for the cultural industries.

3. Critically analyse and synthesise academic theories and organizational practices in the cultural industries.

Module aims

This ten week module builds upon students’ basic understanding of general management to explore the particularities of the cultural industries. An increasingly important sector of the economy, the cultural industries are distinctive both in terms of their political economy and their organizational forms, management systems and labour processes. This module offers a high-level analysis of the cultural industries by starting from a consideration of what is distinctive about ‘culture’ as an economic product and proceeds to consider what this distinctiveness means for the structure of the industries; how new technologies, globalization and intellectual property rights legislation have shaped their development; and what this means for work and management within these industries. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to engage actively in their own learning by contributing to teaching through assessed group presentations.

The module does not offer a prescriptive set of guidelines for managing in the cultural industries, but provides students with the conceptual tools and the historical knowledge to critically analyse and situate this sector for themselves. Through the group research and presentation, the module also facilitates the development of important transferable skills such as time-management, project planning, research, critical thinking and analysis, group work and presentation skills.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module the students should be able to:

1. Understand the political economic context of the cultural industries and the implications this has for organizational structure, management, and the labour process within these industries.
2. Understand and explain the significance of changes in media technology, globalisation, legislation, policy, markets, and organizational structure for the cultural industries.
3. Critically analyse and synthesise academic theories and organizational practices in the cultural industries.

Module information

Skills for your professional life (Transferable Skills)
1. Written Communication
2. Oral Communication
3. Research Skills
4. Critical Thinking
5. Teamwork-Collaboration

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered over 10 weeks in the spring term. There will be a weekly two-hour lecture. (weeks 16-25)

Bibliography

  • Hesmondhalgh, David. (2013) The cultural industries, London: SAGE.
  • Lash, Scott; Urry, John. (1994) Economies of signs and space, London: Sage.
  • Klein, Naomi. (c2010,c2000) No logo: no space, no choice, no jobs, London: Fourth Estate.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   COURSEWORK    75% 
Practical   GROUP PRESENTATION     25% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Stevphen Shukaitis, email: s.shukaitis@essex.ac.uk.
Casper Hoedemaekers & Stevphen Shukaitis
ebsugcol@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
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External examiner

Prof Simon Lilley
University of Leicester
Professor
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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