HMKK03249U Elective Topic A: Cultural Policy – Theory, Method & Analysis

Volume 2017/2018

Moderne Kultur og Kulturformidling 2015-ordningen


This course gives a comprehensive introduction to the field of cultural policy and serves as a mandatory first part of the cultural policy module. In this course students will gain insights into the different contours of ‘the culture of cultural policy’, ‘the policy of cultural policy’ and how these relate to the field of cultural production and consumption. Main theoretical approaches will be explained and particular attention will be given to the concept of public spheres and counter-publics, governementality, power, discursive formations, control societies, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, cultural citizenship, cultural identity, the creative industries, the cultural industries and the experience economy. Amongst scholars informing these concepts are Jürgen Habermas, Michel Foucault, Chantal Mouffe, Gilles Deleuze, Anthony Smith, Kate Oakley and Ulrich Beck.


The first part of the course will lay the theoretical foundations while the latter part will be dedicated to methods and case studies. The main methods introduced and applied will be critical discourse analysis, qualitative interviews, focus groups, qualitative content analysis and observations. In terms of cases, the course will apply a spatial approach focusing on how cultural policy shapes structures within micro-, meso-, and macro spheres exemplified with urban, local and municipality cultural policies; the cultural policies of different nation-states; as well as cultural policy in supra-national settings such as that of the European Union, United Nations and the Council of Europe.


The goal of the course is to provide students with adequate tools to conduct research within the field of cultural policy. In this context the relations between theoretical framework, methodological design and analysis will be emphasised and applied on different cases of relevance to cultural policy. In order to pass this first part of the cultural policy module, students are therefore requested to hand in one assignment defined by the responsible teacher.


The course will be taught in English. Students can however choose whether they wish to conduct the mandatory projects in English or Danish.



Students are asked to obtain the following textbook for the course:


Bell, David & Oakley, Kate. 2015. Cultural Policy. Routledge: London & New York.


Students are also asked to obtain a compendium that will be made ready before the semester starts.


The compendium includes, amongst others, the following texts:


Williams, Raymond. 1981. ”Towards a Sociology of Culture”. Culture. Fontana Press, London, pp. 9-32.


Habermas, Jürgen. 1992. ”Social Strutures of the Public Sphere”. Structural Transformations of the Public Sphere: An inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society. Polity Press, Cambridge, pp. 27-43 & 51-56.


Foucault, Michel. 2002. ”Governmentality”. Power: Essential works of Foucault 1954-1984. Volume 3. (James D. Faubion (ed.). Penguin Books, London, pp. 201-222.


Mouffe, Chantal. 1999. ”Deliberative Democracy or Agonistic Pluralism”. Social Research, 66 (3), pp. 745-758.








'This course is the first part of a cultural policy module in Modern Culture and students are required to hand in two mandatory assignments in order to advance to the second part of the module'.The course will be taught in English. Students can however choose whether they wish to conduct the mandatory projects in English or Danish.
Exams are offered to Module 5 of the curriculum of Modern Culture, 2015.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 84
  • Lectures
  • 27
  • Preparation
  • 309
  • Total
  • 420
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Kan aflægges som eksamen på følgende moduler:
På MKK 2008-ordningen: Modul 14
På MKK 2015-ordningen: Modul 5
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