What are the creative industries and how do they contribute to the lives of Londoners and the economy of the capital city and nation? This course seeks answers by combining site visits with classroom work and using methods from business studies, cultural studies, cultural history, media studies, sociology and semiotics. We’ll ask questions such as:
What is creativity and how is it channelled into and exploited by markets? How has creative labour and consumption in London’s economy evolved over time? What identities do people form through engaging with London’s creative industries? How has Britain’s long industrial and artisanal traditions impacted today’s creative industries, and how do they fit within the global knowledge economy? How do the growing inequalities of British society manifest in London’s creative landscape? Meets with BUA 300.1.
Department: Communications and Rhetorical Studies
Semesters: Fall, Spring