KUMS4044 Work, Economy, and Culture (5 cr)
Taught course. Independent work (book exam, reading group or assignment) is possible in special cases.
The course provides historical, theoretical and empirical knowledge about culture as a field of employment, entrepreneurship, the economy and expertise. Students learn about concepts such as digital work, Fordism and post-Fordism, creative work, commons, peer production, new co-operatives, affective work, precarisation, knowledge work, cognitive capitalism, the attention economy, old and new professions, playbour and so on. The course also covers cultural entrepreneurship from different perspectives and the related conflicts. Students consider a variety of social and political conditions, changes and trends that affect the commercialisation of culture and the conditions of employment and entrepreneurship in this field. Students also look at new and emerging forms of expertise in the cultural industries as well as the role of knowledge in the management and policies of a networked society.
80% participation in teaching and written assignments or lecture exam. Completion by independent study – essay, a book exam or reading group.
After completing the course, the student will:
- be able to examine culture from the perspective of creative work, entrepreneurship and expertise
- be familiar with the historical changes in culture, work and the economy, as well as a variety of labour and economic theories and
- identify a variety of forms of work in fields of cultural industries and activities ranging from the arts to cultural production and administration.
- Armstrong, Kelly 2015: Managing the Commons in the Knowledge Economy.
- Hann, Chris & Parry, Jonathan (eds.) 2018: Industrial Labor on the Margins of Capitalism: Precarity, Class, and the Neoliberal Subject.
- Kwon Jong, Bum and Lane, Carrie M (eds.) 2016: Anthropologies of Unemployment: New Perspectives on Work and Its Absence.
- McRobbie, Angela 2015: Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries.
- Raunig, Gerald, Ray, Gene & Wuggenig, Ulf (eds.) 2015: Critique of Creativity: Precarity, Subjectivity and Resistance in the ‘Creative Industries’.
- Standing, Guy 2011: Precariat: New Dangerous Class.
- Susskind, Richard & Susskind, Daniel 2015: The Future of Professions.