Organizing the creative industries
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-ACWB704
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Cultural Studies;
A.S. Nanjangud, PhD
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A.S. Nanjangud, PhD
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Contactperson for the course
A.S. Nanjangud, PhD
Other course modules lecturer
A.S. Nanjangud, PhD
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2023
PER 3-PER 4  (29/01/2024 to 01/09/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksKeuzepakket Creative Industries
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After finishing this course, you will have learned to

- historically contextualise the creative industries from an institutional perspective;
- explain the connection between cultural production and principles of organizing;
- critically evaluate different ways of organizing creative work;
- clarify how the theoretical concepts of discourse, institutional complexity, sensemaking and social capital relate to creative work.
The creative industries encompass a wide variety of heterogeneous organizations that circulate stories, images, songs and other forms of ‘symbolic creativity’ produced by creative labour. Through these impressions, creative organizations represent symbolic ideologies that establish and/or reinforce cultural and societal norms and values. These “creative” organizations, through their various collaborations, formats, and structures also govern a multitude of cultural policies, which often tend to be leveraged as “soft power” for governments to maintain their cultural presence globally. It is therefore important to understand who governs the creative industries in our highly globalized world. In this course we will discuss what creative work entails, and how the various aspects of creative industries co-exist. Particularly, this course attempts to introduce global perspectives, that inspires students to think beyond the regular, and broaden their horizons about the diversity of creative industries across the globe. Combining theoretical and practical discussions, the course will enable the students to think critically about different types of creative work, its organization, and its societal impact. By bringing in wide-ranging case studies from industries such as tourism, film, museum and cultural policy, the students will be introduced to the widely divergent – and often contradictory – organizing principles of creative industries. This course explores a range of topics: from creative collaborations to technological innovations in the creative industries. It further celebrates the high level of interconnectedness so common to work within the creative industries by focusing on the global, preparing students for collaborative work.

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
Examination and Assessment:

The final grade of this course will be based on:
1.  Podcast (25%)
2.  A final paper (75%)
3.  Group presentation (pass/fail)
4.  Class Participation (Pass/Fail; Interaction, asking questions to Guest speakers etc)

Assumed previous knowledge

Required materials
Title:digital reader

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

individual essay
Test weight75
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4

Minimum grade

group assignment (podcast)
Test weight25
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 4, Block PER 4