Cultural Politics in the Anthropocene: Global and Local Perspectives
Kulturell politik i antropocen: Globala och lokala perspektiv
UA / Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)
Language of instruction
Faculty of Culture and Society
Syllabus approval date
Syllabus valid from
General eligibility requirements + English 6.
A minimum of 60 Higher Education Credits
No main field.
Progression level in relation to degree requirements
The course can normally be included as a part of a general degree at undergraduate level.
The aim of this course is for students to explore and develop an understanding of global cultural policy and the ways in which it affects local settings. Students will also be encouraged to build their confidence in order to participate in areas of cultural inquiry that are complex and sensitive.
This course is an introduction to the history of global cultural policy and its effects on our contemporary moment, the Anthropocene. Students study and analyze theories, research methods, and case studies to discuss and investigate how cultural policy has a bearing on the cultural production of the Anthropocene. It examines the governance of aesthetics through cultural policies, the impact culture is imagined to have on global and local levels.
On completion of the course the student will be able to:
1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of cultural policy
2. demonstrate the ability to describe and discuss different applications of cultural policy, their political rationalities and epistemological roots
3. demonstrate the ability to critically reflect over one’s own role and position as a researcher
4. relate to, contextualise, and discuss methods in reading seminars with peers, teachers, and specialists in different fields
Lectures, seminars, workshops and reading groups.
2 position papers (6+6 credits, grading scale A-U).
Obligatory attendance and contribution to seminars (3 credits, graded as pass or fail).
Re-examinations will be given in accordance with Students’ Rights and Obligations. Re-examination for seminars will be conducted in other forms, such as shorter reflection papers on the missed seminar topics.
Course literature and other study material
Grodach, Carl, and Daniel Silver. The Politics of Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives. Routledge, 2015.
Durrer, Victoria, et al. The Routledge Handbook of Global Cultural Policy. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2018.
Supplementary articles, literature and other media will be provided.
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If a course is no longer offered, or has undergone significant changes, the students must be offered two opportunities for re-examination based on the syllabus that applied at the time of registration, for a period of one year after the changes have been implemented.
If a student has a Learning support decision, the examiner has the right to provide the student with an adapted test, or to allow the student to take the exam in a different format. The syllabus is a translation of a Swedish source text.