Institutions and Cultural Policies
Cultural policy is used to promote accountability and protect different forms of culture, including cultural goods that society promote or receive as legacy from previous generations, and which are the cumulative result of artistic creation, values and beliefs that the community shares.
In the second half of the twentieth century with the development of the welfare state, a new social challenge was created, to improve and give access to culture; this manifested itself in the development of policies for the promotion of the arts and protection of cultural heritage. The debate since then, has been to find reasons and limitations on public action in the field of culture (who should receive public assistance), and also what must be the most appropriate procedure for allocation of public resources. More recently, the debate is broader: first, the very activity of artists and cultural agents now often requires a technical, administrative, outreach and other more sophisticated support structure. In recent years, the cultural sector has greatly diversified (a process stimulated in many cases by new information and communication technologies, the globalization of markets for cultural products and especially the rise in entertainment products) and become a more important sector in the whole economy and society. Therefore, cultural activity needs increasingly, the support of an organizational structure, rather complex logistics, and the involvement of different public and private actors - but above all, it needs to be integrated in an ambitious and clear cultural policy to be effective.
At the same time, global trends are seeing much more interest by cultural operators in developing trans-border approaches to culture – understanding the political, social and economical climate of international engagement is an important step to effective international cultural action.
In this changing context, the aim of this course will focus on identifying the institutional and organizational framework determining cultural action, studying how the industry involves different public and private stakeholders and analysing the planning process through which cultural policies meet targets and result in projects, programs and concrete actions.
The course has the following objectives:
- Familiarise the student with the basic concepts of cultural policies, instruments and agents involved.
- Understand the diversity of policy models, instruments and agents, and the richness of their interventions.
- Understand and position current debates about cultural policy.
- Obtain a deeper understanding of the wider implementation of cultural policies and institutions that develop them for economic, social and/or political purposes.
Course directors and coordinators
Dr. Marta Crispí Cantón
Degree in the History of Art specialising in Plastic Arts from the Central University of Venezuela (2006). Her thesis investigated the transformation of communication between the spectator and the work of art through digital interactivity and part of this research was published in the book “Estéticas del Media Art” (Aesthetics of Art Media) published by the EUMEDNET group of the University of Malaga. Master’s Degree in Cultural Management from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (2014). She was a research assistant in the Communications Research Institute of the Central University of Venezuela (ININCO-UCV). She has worked as a cataloguing and archiving assistant at the Deposit Guarantee Fund and Bank Protection of Venezuela and has also been a manager and cultural communicator at SWAB Barcelona, the International Trade Fair for Contemporary Art.
Dr Dodd is a researcher, author, editor and consultant in the field of international cultural policy. She is currently employed by IFACCA (the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies) as their European Liaison Officer and is a contributor to IFACCA’s international news bulletin, ACORNS. She also coordinates ConnectCP - an international database of experts on cultural policy, planning and research. She is a researcher at the University of Girona, and is currently coordinating an international study for UNESCO in cities that are setting up historic academic centres.
Prerequisites & admissions
Application for admissions
To register or receive more information, please fill out the admission form.
If you are interested in this course offered by the UIC, you shoud follow these easy steps in order to enrol:
- Fill in the application form
- Hand in the following documents personally to the Secretary Office of the Facultat d'Humanitats (Immaculada 22, 08017, Barcelona) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- 2 passport size photos
- Photocopy of passport or ID
- Updated curriculum vitae
- Letter of motivation
Grants & financial aid
Academic year 2018/2019
420 € (3 credits x 140 €/credit)
Members of the UIC Alumni and Friends Association are entitled to a 10% discount