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SOCI8029

Creative industries and creative cities

Offer semester
2nd semester

Lecture time
Tuesday 6.30pm – 10pm

Lecture venue
CPD-LG.63

Course description

This course explores the structures and organization of the “creative industries” – including performing arts, film and television, publishing, music, and gastronomy, and how they contributed to the strategic positioning of cities in globalization. It introduces students to the understanding of the development of these industries in relation to politics, culture, and economy in both the local and global contexts.

It focuses on the relationship between state interventionism and economic liberalism, the dilemma between innovation and standardization, and the deployment of power and resistance in the field of cultural production.

It will open up debates on the significance of the “creative class” in the social construction of “creative cities”.

Course learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the key theoretical debates and analytical approaches to the study of “creative industries” and “creative cities” in sociological perspectives.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the different societal contexts in which “creative industries” operate in different parts of the world.
  • Develop research skills and nurture a sense of cultural citizenship through producing a research project and presentation on media, culture, and “creative cities”.
  • Draw on the theoretical perspectives and empirical research discussed in class to evaluate critically different policy preferences and the roles of government, industry, and civil society in the development of “creative industries” and “creative cities” in globalization.

Assessment

TasksWeighting
Reflective pieces 30%
Project presentation20%
Research report50%

Required reading

Hesmondhalgh, David. 2013. The Cultural Industries, 3rd ed. London: SAGE.

Griswold, Wendy, Christopher Carroll, Gemma Mangione, Michelle Naffziger, and Talia Schiff. 2013. Cultures and Societies in a Changing World, 4th ed. London; Thousand Oaks, CA.: SAGE.

Crane, Diana, Nobuko Kawashima, and Ken’ichi Kawasaki, eds. 2002. Global Culture: Media, Arts, Policy, and Globalization. New York: Routledge.

Recommended reading

Kong, Lily, Ching Chia-ho, and Chou Tsu-lung. 2015. Arts, Culture and the Making of Global Cities: Creating New Urban Landscapes in Asia. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Kenney, Martin, and Richard L. Florida, eds. 2014. Locating Global Advantage: Industry Dynamics in the International Economy. Stanford, CA.: Stanford University Press.

Pratt, Andy C., and Paul Jeffcutt, eds. 2009. Creativity, Innovation and the Cultural Economy. London; New York: Routledge.

Florida, Richard L. 2005. Cities and the Creative Class. New York: Routledge.

Course co-ordinator and teachers

Student view

The theories and models introduced in the course allow me to reflect on the creative industries where I work in a more systematic way, providing for a more detailed understanding.

– Vien T, year 2 MSocSc Media Culture & Creative Cities student