Module code: SOC3043

Module provider


Module Leader

DAS R Dr (Sociology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 1500 WORD EXERCISE 30%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module looks at cultural organisations and industries, defined broadly as ranging from art galleries to software firms.  Lectures focus on theoretical understandings and/or overviews related to a particular aspect of cultural organisations.  The class discussion focuses on a sociological study of a particular cultural organisation or industry.

Module aims

Provide a broad understanding of cultural organisations and industries.

Demonstrate the place of the creative industries in society.

Explain some of the difficulties or contradictions inherent in cultural organizations.

Develop research capacity by relying on journal articles for empirical illustration of concepts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Evaluate critically several approaches to aspects of cultural organisations KC
Apply theoretical ideas to case studies KC
Identify journal articles relevant to the module CPT
Organise ideas and thoughts and speak about these in the public setting of the seminar PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

The production of culture

 Artistic freedom versus profits; cultural industries and the quality of content

Careers in cultural industries

 The long tail in retailing cultural objects

Creative cities

 Creativity, what is it and how to manage it

 Cultural policy and artistic markets

Everyday creativity

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

·         Offer students lectures that provide a critical overview of various topics relevant to cultural organisations and industries. Students expand on this knowledge base through a weekly programme of essential readings supplemented by their choice of background reading.

·         Give students the chance to experience each of the topics in action, through seminar exercises which focus on case studies or exercises covering the range of topics examined in the module.

·         Support confidence in independent literature research through a focus on journal article(s) in the lecture and exercises on finding and critically appreciating journal articles.


The learning and teaching methods include:

·         11 one-hour lectures which cover key topics in cultural organisations and industries.

11 one-hour seminars carrying out work on exercises and case studies relevant to cultural organisations and industries.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to conduct independent library research, focusing on research published in academic journals, on a topic in cultural organisations and industries chosen by the student.  The first assignment focuses on finding journal articles relevant to the student’s chosen topic, and assesses the ability to write a critical summary of these sources.  The second assignment builds on the first, in assessing the student’s ability to produce a critical argument about a research question, chosen by the student, drawing on empirical work that students have identified themselves, and drawing on background material provided by the module. Worksheets completed each week provide evidence of understanding across all topics.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         1500 word exercise, in which students undertake a critical analysis and summary of empirical research they have found through supported independent research.

·         2500 word research essay plus class participation, in which students demonstrate their ability to pose a research question and to answer it using library research that draws primarily on empirical work published in journals that students have identified, along with a variety of materials provided in the module.  The students’ class participation, as based on worksheets completed each week, is included in the mark for this assessment.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive feedback within the seminars on their progress with the worksheet tasks, and also receive brief written feedback on the worksheets, and more detailed group-level feedback which is distributed via SurreyLearn.  The summative assessment in the first assignment also provides formative feedback which is directly relevant to the second summative assessment.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.