Creative EconomyOrganization logo: Erasmus University Rotterdam

About this minor

Get an up-to-date understanding of the role of arts and culture in society at large. The main objective of this minor is for students to develop an advanced understanding of:

  1. economic foundations of the cultural sector
  2. the role of arts and culture in the wider economy
  3. the challenges and opportunities for those trying to make a living in the cultural sector

Overall, students will gain a cultural economics perspective. They will learn about the tension between financial interests and cultural values and how the world of culture copes with this tension. They will learn about the peculiar practices found in the art market, in marketing and organization of culture, and the workings of cultural organizations. In a course on the creative economy they will study recent developments that point at an increasingly important role of creativity in the modern world. Not just for this reason, the cultural economics perspective is an effective means to challenge preconceived ideas and develop new insights regarding many current, social and economic developments.

Learning outcomes

  • the cultural economic perspective
  • the economic dimension of the world of the arts
  • recent developments in the creative economy
  • the particularities of cultural organizations

Teaching method and examination

Lectures and seminars

Teaching material
Relevant articles and chapters, video.

Module 1 - The Cultural Economic Perspective:****
group presentation (30%)
final essay (70%)

Module 2 - Money and the Fine Arts:****
presentation (25%)
assignments (20%)
final essay (55%)

Module 3 - Creative Economy and Creative Organizations:****
group presentation (30%)
take-home exam (70%)

Minor students should obtain a pass mark for each of the three modules; it is not possible to compensate for a score below the pass mark.

Good to know

Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. We advise a VWO-final examination grade of 7 or higher, a TOEFL-test minimum score of 100 or an IELTS-test minimum score of 7.

Additional information

  • Code
  • Theme
    Language and culture
  • Credits
    ECTS 15
  • Selection minor
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  • Start date

    4 september 2023

    • Ends
      10 november 2023
    • Term *
      Block MINOR
    • Location
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      1 Jun, 13:00 - 14 Jul 2023
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