Communication Studies (CMNS) 401
Cultural Policy in Canada (Revision 5)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Social ScienceChallenge for Credit option.
This course provides an overview of cultural policy in Canada, with a primary focus on the national level, but situated within the larger context of cultural policy developments at the international, provincial, and municipal levels. These interconnections are increasingly important as jurisdictions collaborate, borrow from each other, and share resources for the promotion, protection, and development of various types and means of cultural expression. The course examines the conceptual foundations of cultural policy, definitions of culture, the evolution of cultural policy in Canada over the past 100 years, and some of the major ideas and discourses that have shaped its development both historically and in recent years.
Part 1: Canadian Cultural Policy in Perspective
- Unit 1—Foundations of Cultural Policy: International Contexts
- Unit 2—Inventing Cultural Policy: History in Canada
Part 2: From Art to Social Diversity—Cultural Policy in Four Sectors
- Unit 3—The Arts: A Hybrid Approach to Policy
- Unit 4—The Cultural Industries: Music, Movies, and More
- Unit 5—The Heritage Sector: Museums, Libraries, and Archives
- Unit 6—Diversity Issues: Cultural Expression and Equality
Part 3: Key Issues and Debates
- Unit 7—National Identity and Ownership: Why Should We Care?
- Unit 8—Creative Industries on the Market: Economic Issues
- Unit 9—Cohesive Communities: The Social Effects of Culture
- Unit 10—Place Making: Policy for Sustainability
- Unit 11—Facing the Future: The Impacts of Digital Technology
- Unit 12—Who’s Running the Show? Cultural Governance
- Unit 13—Conclusion: How Do We Place a Value on Culture?
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
The course materials include an AU Student Manual, a Course Information, a Study Guide, and a Digital Reading Room. All materials are online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
|Part I: Take home essay exam||40%|
|Part II: Paper exam||60%|
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Opened in Revision 5, October 5, 2016.
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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services