Globalisation: Politics, Law and the Arts

Module code: 5SOCL010W
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Credit Level: 5
Credit value: 20
Available to: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities students only, however students on some courses are unable to choose Westminster Electives  – see list of exemptions. Please note elective modules are subject to availability.

This module explores the impact of globalisation on the arts, including music, literature, visual culture and museums. You will look at the interdependence of economic, social and artistic practices, and consider the challenges that globalisation poses to local and indigenous arts, as well as ways in which the arts have contributed to the processes of globalisation. You will also examine the legal contexts of ownership of works of art, intellectual property and ‘sampling’, and the digital futures of the arts.

By the time you complete the module you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge of the varieties of approaches to understanding globalisation, and articulate your understanding of globalisation as it is manifest in the arts and culture. You will be able to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually on a range of relevant sources; select a relevant topic and pursue directed research on it; and apply interdisciplinary perspectives to a chosen topic.

The module is delivered through a combination of weekly lectures; seminars enabling interactive, student-led discussion as well as opportunities for supervised group work; and study visits to cultural institutions. Assessment is based on a portfolio of short weekly entries on topics related to the module material.