Cities and arts


Cities are now a privileged stage for the promotion of cultural heritage, for the contemporary creation, for the development of diverse cultural practices but also for the consolidation of a cultural democracy that combines artistic practices with the fruition by its citizens.
Moreover, the cultural policies of cities are real mechanisms that contribute to its strategic development, while the culture and the arts contribute to the promotion of cities at a national and international level. It is therefore important to analyze many of these dynamics taking into account the different local realities but comparing national experiences with various international case studies.


General characterization





Responsible teacher

Carlos Manuel dos Santos Vargas


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



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Florida, Richard (2012 [2002]). The rise of the creative class. New York: Basic Books.
Hall, Peter (1988). Cities of tomorrow: an intellectual history of urban planning and design in the twentieth century. Blackwell Publishing.
Miles, Malcolm (2007). Cities and cultures. Routledge.
Mitchell, Don (2003). The right to the city: social justice and the fight for public space. New York: The Guilford Press.
Parker, Simon (2011). Cities, politics and power. Routledge.
Roodhouse, Simon (2010). Cultural quarters. Intellect.

Teaching method

The teaching methodology is based on two dimensions. First, a speech teacher in each class, allowing na overview of the topic and its consequences historiographical with calls attention to the large document databases. This context leads to the involvement of students through exercises such as presentations citation or a reference to the methods and content of the research work.

Evaluation method

Consolidating - comprising a writing test performed followed by an oral presentation and justified from a set of citations. (20%), Construction - constituted by the presence in class and participation in cultural activities close to the themes of the program.(10%), Research - followed route of preparing a research paper from document databases.(70%)

Subject matter

Cities and the Arts
I Part - Definitions
Cities, Culture and Art
II Part - Interaction
Cities producing culture
Arts and culture as factors of re-producing towns
III Part - Cities and policies
Creative cities
Cultural cities
Cultural quarters
IV Part - Case Studies