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Economics and Sociology of Culture

Code 13008
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 9
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cultura
Entry requirements No requirements.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Learning outcomes Call students' attention to the theoretical foundations of the economics of culture and the empirical analysis of cultural and creative activities, to draw attention to the specifics of these activities, to the importance of culture in economic analysis (GDP, GVA, employment) and to public action mainly in the field of cultural policies in an open and interdisciplinary perspective. Provide knowledge about the scientific foundations of sociology of culture and cultural production. Provide tools which enable students to discuss the effects of economic and political power relations in the aesthetic valorization of artistic products in central and peripheral contexts. At the end of this course, students should be able to assess the economic importance of cultural activities and creative industries, and the social importance of these activities for economies through their impact on employment. The analysis will focus on the Portuguese, EU and OECD realities, and on peripheral contexts
Syllabus Module of Economics: 1. Concept of culture. Levels of culture. The economics of culture as discipline. The object of study of economics of culture. The economic foundations of culture and arts. 2. The economic weight of culture and sustainable development: relations between culture and economy. Economic and social assessment of the impacts of culture and arts. The aestheticization of the economy and the creative industries. The creative and smart cities.
Module of Sociology: 3.The subject of sociology of culture. Some theoretical and methodological approaches. 4. Creativity and artistic production. The social conditions of artistic production: identity, political references and the logic of markets. Professionalization and organization of artistic activities. 5. State and the cultural policies: culture, economy and public regulation; the financing of cultural activities: accessibility, participation and building of heritage; the state, the market for cultural goods and services.
Main Bibliography Becker, Howard 2010 (1984). Mundos da arte, Lisboa: Livros Horizonte
Benhamou, Françoise (2004). L’ économie de la culture (5ª ed), Paris, Éditions La Découverte
Bourdieu, Pierre 1996 (1992). As regras da arte. Génese e estrutura do campo literário, Lisboa: Editorial Presença
Caves, Richard (2002). Creative Industries: Contracts between Art and Commerce, Cambridge / London: Harvard University Press
Costa, Pedro (2007). A Cultura em Lisboa: Competitividade e desenvolvimento territorial. Lisboa: Imprensa de Ciências Sociais
Luhmann, Nikklas [2000 (1995)]. Art as a Social System, Stanford: Stanford University Press
Throsby, David C. (2003). Economics and Culture, 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Towse, Ruth (2010). A Textbook of Cultural Economics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Towse, Ruth (ed) (2013). A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Eduard Elgar Publishing
Venâncio, José Carlos (2005). A dominação colonial – protagonismos e heranças, Lisboa: Editorial Estampa
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-01-25

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