Cultural and creative industries

This course uses a large number of concepts coming from different fields of science: political economy of communications, cultural studies, sociology etc. Some aspects of the course are commented by known scholars in this field such as David Hesmondhalgh (Universyt of Leeds), Phillipe Bouquillion (University Paris 13 Nord), Bernard Miege (Grenoble Alpes University)

  • Massive Open Online Course
  • Flexible Terms
  • 8 weeks (2 credits)
  • 22 hours
  • Online Course
  • Certificate
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About the Course

In order to complete this course students should be capable of producing analytical texts in humanities. In general the course fits all the students of master level interested in peculiarities of media and cultural economy and management.

This course is not recommended to those who:

  • Analyse any market or industry only in microeconomic perspective (supply and demand, competition, etc.). This course is not about market but about peculiarities of the symbolic goods;
  • Try to interpret culture only in terms of marketing and management (i.e. culture is considered like a simple good to be sold to the consumer). This course considers the culture broader as a human agency to produce meanings of everyday life. That’s why cultural goods are different and can not be interpreted exclusively in terms of consumption and need a certain level of state support
  • Try to interpret culture like pure “art” and consequently totally exclude the organizational aspect of the culture

Цели курса


Understand the development of the Cultural and Creative Industries as an idea and as a concept


Identify the key changes of Cultural and Creative Industries in relation to contemporary digital connected world


Provide the deep understanding of the differences between cultural and symbolic meaning products (such as films, recorded music, book and periodicals, online media content, etc.) and other kinds of goods

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the main peculiarities of cultural and symbolic goods in comparison to other branches of economy in terms of production chain, risks, different stages of production

2. Be able to analyze cultural products and symbolic goods from the organizational, economic, business model perspectives

3. Be able to invent new business models and analyze cultural products and assess their productions risk

4. Be able to analyze cultural policies and creative industries/clusters policies

Course Syllabus

Week 1. Theory of cultural industries

Week 2. Main principles of classic cultural industries

Week 3. History of reproducibility in media

Week 4. Evolution of cultural industries in digital age

Week 5. Concentration in the field of cultural industries

Week 6. Creative industries and cultural industries

Week 7. Education as creative industry

Week 8. Policies in the field of creative and cultural industries

Кирия Илья Вадимович

Факультет креативных индустрий/Институт медиа: профессор


  • For art students (who want to understand the organizational production of symbolic goods)
  • For the students from economics and management (who want to get an alternative view on the peculiarities of cultural production)

Students of this course need basic analytical skills and general knowledge in philosophy, social sciences (sociology, anthropology political science).

Graduation Document




Learning Activities



Low-Stakes Assignments

Tests, peer review assignments