Module Details

BE418-5-SP-CO: Management And The Cultural Industries

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No
Pre-requisites: BE400

Supervisor: Dr Casper Hoedemaekers, Dr Stevphen Shukaitis
Teaching Staff: Casper Hoedemakers & Stevphen Shukaitis
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Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

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.

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)


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


Group presentation: 25% of module mark. This will be based on independent but guided group research projects into a particular aspect of work in the contemporary cultural industries. Individual project report: 25% of module mark. This will be an individually written 2000-3000 word essay on the subject of your group presentation. Full details of the coursework will be provided in the module.

Exam Duration and Period

2:00 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

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


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