Developments in International Cultural Policies 9204


Learning Outcomes

In the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) learning outcomes are defined as «statements of what a learner knows, understands and is able to do on completion of a learning process, which are defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competence».


After having completed the course the participants should have a good knowledge of relevant and present research about comparative cultural policy studies, they should know about theories and concepts that are relevant for this kind of research and they should know how such studies could be conducted empirically.


After having completed the course the participants are supposed to be able to apply the knowledge obtained through the course to solve new problems and issues of similar character, or problems and challenges where a comparative approach is needed. These skills may be intellectual and cognitive (involving the use of logical, intuitive and creative thinking) or practical (involving the use of methods, materials, tools and instruments). The skills learned in the course should be transferable to different kinds of comparative cultural policy studies.


In EQF competence is described in terms of responsibility and autonomy. Altogether this means that the course should strengthen the participants’ ability to use knowledge, skills and personal and social methodological abilities to conduct further research or develop personally and professionally. Competence obtained in this specific course then should have a general relevance and applicability that is needed in academic research as well as in professional practice.


What is Comparative Cultural Policy Research?

Comparative cultural policy research may be described as an approach or a research perspective of which the principal objective is to produce a deeper knowledge and insight in cultural policy by comparing and contrasting cultural policies between countries, regions, organisations, systems, agents, etc. What we compare may differ widely: ideas, ideologies, structures, systems, models, economy, genres, measures and other. Empirical data may be qualitative or quantitative, and comparative studies may also be theoretical. Methodologies for comparison should be addressed and discussed during the course.


The overall objectives of the course are to promote interest among PhD students and other researchers for studying cultural policy and other relevant studies in a comparative perspective. Comparative analysis should deepen the understanding of single cultural policies (national, regional, local) by putting them in a broader context. The course should also contribute to network building among researchers from different countries and develop the methodological and theoretical implications of comparative studies.

Arbeids- og læringsformer

Teaching and Work Forms

The course should combine lectures by academic staff from the cooperating universities with active contributions from the PhD students in seminars. Each PhD student should present a paper for comments and discussion and participate actively as commentators of papers from fellow PhD students.

Teaching and research staff from the involved universities would be lecturers and supervisors for the participating PhD students. They should also assess the final essays submitted by the PhD students.

Pedagogical Organisation

The seminar participants will spend 6 working days together, consisting of 2 sessions of 3 days each – including time for lectures, paper presentations, discussion and supervising. Full completion of the course should be documented by a scientific essay that must be assessed and graded “passed”. Then a diploma can be issued.

The PhD course will give 10 credits (ECTS) and the curriculum is approximately 1000 pages. (See list of literature in this course plan.)


Essay and mandatory participation in the course.

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Publisert av / forfatter Kristin Midtbø <> - 02.07.2013