Checking date: 28/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Cultural Industry
Bachelor in Cultural Studies (Plan: 435 - Estudio: 364)


Department assigned to the subject: Humanities: History, Geography and Art Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
At the end of the course the student is expected to: - Know the main characteristics of the cultural and creative industries and their different manifestations (business, institutions, etc.), as well as their implications from an economic, social and ideological point of view and in the configuration of contemporary subjectivities. - Reflect on the nature of cultural industries and of related concepts such as mass culture, popular culture, creative industry, mass media and the market. - Be able to critically analyze creative works in the context of their production, distribution and consumption. - Know the current state of the art regarding the cultural and creative industries in relation to digitization and globalization, and particularly how such processes affect creative industries. - Locate the information necessary to correctly fulfill his or her duties, as well as interpret it in order to elaborate contents and well-formed opinions. - Communicate and argue with academic rigor on the contents of the course, both in oral and written form. - Work with neatness, efficiency and in depth, both on his or her own and in groups.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Presentation 2. A definition of cultural industries from an economic perspective 3. Culture and economics 4. Cultural industries and marxism 5. Economy of culture and communication in the digital era 6. Film industry 7. Advertising posters 8. Pop art 9. The music industry 10. The role of language in the music industry 11. Cultural products and services 12. Spanish Copyright Law 13. Collective rights management societies 14. The new European Internet 15. Culture as myth 16. Culture: from subjectivism to objectivity 17. The idea of culture 18. The cultural State 19. Culture and identity 20. An alternative approach: the "Ley de desarrollo inverso"
Learning activities and methodology
- Inductive and constructive work methodologies will be used, in a combination of theoretical and practical classes. - Students will analyze and discuss texts and cultural products proposed by the teacher. - Each student will have to present orally an article that will be assigned to him/her at the beginning of the course. - Each student will have to make a text commentary that will be provided by the teacher. - There will be a system of tutorials, which may be face-to-face or online.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Christiaan De Beukelaer and Kim-Marie Spence. Global Cultural Economy. Routledge. 2019
  • David Hesmondhalgh. The Cultural Industries. Sage. 2013
  • Dominic Power and Allen J. Scott (eds.). Cultural Industries and the Production of Culture. Routledge. 2004
  • Ilya Kiriya, Panos Kompatsiaris and Yannis Mylonas (eds.). The Industrialization of Creativity and Its Limits. Springer. 2020
  • Jesús Martín-Barbero. Communication, Culture and Hegemony: from the Media to Mediations. Sage. 1993
  • Kate Oakley and Justin O'Connor (eds.). The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. Routledge. 2015
  • Nissim Otmazgin and Eyal Ben-Ari. Creative Context: Creativity and Innovation in the Media and Cultural Industries. Springer. 2020
  • Néstor García Canclini. Hybrid Cultures: Strategies for Entering and Leaving Modernity. University of Minnesota Press. 1995
  • Ruth Towse and Trilce Navarrete Hernández (eds.). Handbook of Cultural Economics. Edward Elgar. 2020
  • Scott Lash and Celia Lury. Global Culture Industry. Polity. 2007
  • Theodor W. Adorno. The Culture Industry. Selected Essays on Mass Culture . Routledge. 1991

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.