Course 2017-2018 a.y.



Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31
CLEACC (6 credits - II sem. - OBS  |  SECS-P/07)
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Classes: 31 (II sem.)

Course Objectives

The course aims at investigating policies and programs tackling different needs and issues related to the arts and cultural field. Nowadays different public and private policy makers are intervening in the arts: for this reason we will analyze policies and programs enacted by public institutions (i.e.: cities, national governments, international organizations like UNESCO), together with policies and projects developed by grant-making foundations, corporate philanthropists, business firms, nonprofit organizations and individual artists and cultural entrepreneurs. The course has a hands-on approach. Lectures in class will be as important as off campus visits, meetings with practitioners and policy makers working in the field, observation exercises, team-working on applied projects. The city of Milan and its cultural environment will be the natural laboratory for students' learning about how cultural policies are enacted and implemented. At the end of the course students are able to frame and understand different policy issues emerging in the arts and culture field and they are able to develop a public program/project to address these issues.

Course Content Summary

The course discuss four main aspects related to cultural policies. After a brief introduction on the main actors and influencers (public and private) in the field of cultural policies, the course focus on policymaking in the cultural field, investigating the tools available to design and to implement successful cultural policies. The course presents some of the policy issues related to arts and culture, such as: taste cultivation and community outreach; circulation of art and artists; innovative ways of funding arts and culture; art as a driver for urban regeneration. As mentioned, the course privileges active learning techniques through the use of case studies and discussions, group projects, off campus visits and guest speakers.
Policy makers.
  • The arguments of public support in the arts.
  • The role of nonprofit organizations in the heritage.
  • Luxury cmpanies and their corporate art programs.
  • Grant-making foundations: the case of Cariplo Foundation.
  • Policies for arts and culture: tools and constraints.
  • Policy design.
  • Policy implementation.
  • Policy evaluation.
Policy issues.
  • Community outreach.
  • Circulation of art and artists.
  • Economic and social impact of the arts.
  • Censorship and freedon in the arts.
  • Funding arts and culture.
  • Urban regeneration.
Policy Innovation.
  • Cultural Innovation Project development.
  • Meeting cultural infliencers.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods

For attending students
  • Group project (30% Project; 10% Pitch).
  • Individual final exam (40%).
  • Individual paper (10%).
  • Participation in fieldtrips (10%).

For non attending students
  • Written exam on books.


For Attending Students
  • A course pack is made available in an electronic format at the beginning of the course.
For non attending students
  • M. HOWLETT, M. RAMESH , A. PERL, Studying Public Policy. Policy Cycles and Policy Subsystems, Oxford University Press, 2009, 3rd Edition.
  • G. BRADFORD, M. GARY, G. WALLACH, The Politics of Culture: Policy Perspectives for Individuals, institutions, and Communities, The New Press, 2001 University Press, 2009, 3rd Edition.
Exam textbooks & Online Articles (check availability at the Library)


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