Seminar Researching Arts and Culture
Full course description
This module focuses on the role of research in academic and professional environments within the field of arts and culture. Theories and methods which are considered to be of crucial importance for conducting research into arts and culture will be introduced and discussed in relation to a current issue in the cultural field which emerged in the modern/contemporary period. The topics of creative cities, museum studies, arts marketing, audience and education, digital heritage, and participatory practices are central in this module. A lot of attention will be given to different research methods and how they relate to different research questions and disciplines. Quantitative and qualitative approaches like secondary data analysis, surveys, qualitative interviews, (virtual) ethnography, and visual analysis will be discussed and experimented with. The topic of audience and education will also be studied in a hands-on matter when developing an audience/marketing strategy for a cultural institution in the professional workshop.
At the end of the course, students are able to:
- demonstrate advanced knowledge about key definitions, theories on creative cities, museum studies, arts marketing, audience and education, digital heritage, and/or participatory practices, within a written research design;
- differentiate between and apply different qualitative and quantitative approaches and methods, like surveys, qualitative interviews, (virtual) ethnography, and visual analysis;
- perform commissioned research and communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences;
- use quantitative and/or qualitative research data as the basis for the writing of an audience/marketing strategy for a cultural institution;
- design a research plan in which you select a suitable research method to a relevant topic from the field of arts and culture in order to develop an independent critical judgement on academic and/or societal debates.
There are no pre-requisites for this module.
Booth, W. C., Colomb, G. G. & Williams, J. M. (2008). The Craft of Research. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.
Bryman, A. (2012). Social Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Culler, J. (1994). What’s the point? In M. Bal, I. E. Boer, K. Silverman, B. McHale, N. Bryson, G. Pollock & K. Moxey (Eds.), The Point of Theory: Practices of Cultural Analysis (pp. 13-17). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
- C. Ernsten