Issues in Cultural Policy and Contemporary Culture

Master of Museum Studies

MSL2340H — Issues in Cultural Policy and Contemporary Culture

Drawing on an eclectic range of academic work in cultural studies, cultural policy studies, sociology, art history, and museum studies, this interdisciplinary course explores a wide variety of topics in contemporary cultural policy, addressing both the subsidized arts sector and the cultural and creative industries.

Adopting primarily a case study approach, the course examines issues and controversies in both the visual and performing arts, encompassing gallery and museum-based work, public art, contemporary music, intellectual property, and arts funding.

The course offers students an introduction to the basic structures and principles of cultural policy, focusing especially on the Canadian and American contexts, but also addressing a variety of issues that are international in scope.