ATS3215 - Global creative cities - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Media, Film and Journalism


Professor Justin O'Connor

Not offered in 2017



In this unit students will be introduced to the themes of 'creative cities' in the specific context of urban change and regeneration in contemporary Italy and European cities more generally. These themes include the production and consumption of culture (media and film industries; media cities; cultural production clusters; culture-led urban regeneration; and city branding and identity through culture. The focus will be both larger (Milan, Bologna, Roma) and smaller (Prato, Florence) Italian cities, which will provide field work sites and case studies. This unit, taught intensively in block mode, may also include field trips to cities outside of Italy.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will have:

  1. knowledge and understanding of the different role of arts and cultural industries in various aspects of European urban policy;
  2. demonstrated an ability to investigate the different aspects of cultural production and consumption across different projects, sites and communities in the city;
  3. skills in the formulation, structuring and written presentation of scholarly close analysis of European cultural and creative cities;
  4. skills in cross-cultural competency and team work through contribution to collaborative projects and on-line sites of learning.


Field trips to Bologna and Milan or other large Italian cities


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two gateway units in either Film and screen studies, Communication and media studies, Journalism or approved equivalent.